Orthodox community in Hartshorne, Oklahoma


About a month ago, News on 6 reported about the small Orthodox congregation in Hartshorne, Oklahoma, and their impending 100-year anniversary. The community that became Sts. Cyril and Methodius Russian Orthodox Church was founded in 1897 as Orthodox immigrants from central and southeastern Europe moved to Hartshorne to work in the coal mines. I visited the church about a year and a half ago on the occasion of Metropolitan Jonah’s pastoral visit to Tulsa in the fall of 2010. The most poignant part of this story is that, at one time, over five hundred people worshiped in that tiny chapel; now the community is down to just seven. You can read more about the church at OSU’s digital library.