Lowen V. Kruse, an Omaha state senator, Nebraska historian and ordained United Methodist minister, knows the trend well.
After growing up in a prairie church near Boelus, Kruse
was forced to leave his
family farm because it would no longer support him.As a result, his
lifelong church no longer exists.
"I'm very sad about it," he
said."The church was part of my family, and it's sad to see something connected with your family go."
While determined families can save prairie churches for the time being, Kruse
is certain the churches will steadily disappear.
"For the time being, you can sentimentally save these churches, but the next generation won't do it," he
said."As a person who left for economic reasons, Iknow that it's hard to ask young people to stay.It won't happen."