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  • 6th and 7th Century

    Carpathian Rus is sparsely settled by Slavic tribes known as the White Croats.

  • 862-863

    Byzantine-Greek missionaries, Cyril and Methodius, believed to bring Christianity to Rusyns south of the Carpathians on their way to Greater Moravia.

  • 894-896

    Magyar tribes cross the Carpathians and defeat the Slavic Prince Laborets at Uzhhorod (Hungvar).

  • 899

    Creation of the eparchy of Przemysl perhaps by the disciples of Cyril and Methodius, who brought Christianity to the Lemko Region.

  • 992

    Kievan Rus' principality of Galicia begins to expand its influence over the eastern part of the Lemko Region.

  • 1030s to 1050s

    Hungarian Kingdom begins to establish its authority over the Rusyn-inhabited region south of the Carpathians.

  • 1340s

    Galicia and the eastern Lemko Region incorporated into the kingdom of Poland.

  • 1396

    Prince Fedor Koriatovych of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania settles in Mukachevo; supports the nearby Orthodox monastery on Monk's Hill and a new monastery at Krasncti Brid.


  • 1440

    First Orthodox bishop for Carpatho-Rusyns begins to reign from Mukachevo.

  • 1514

    Implementation of proprietary serfdom in the Hungarian Kingdom; Carpatho-Rusyn peasants subjected to their landlords.

  • 1526

    Austria's Habsburg rulers become kings of Hungary and claim authority over the entire kingdom, including Carpathian Rus' on the southern slopes of the mountains.

  • 1573

    Implementation of proprietary serfdom in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; Lemko-Rusyn peasants subjected to their landlords. 

  • 1595

    Union of Uzhhorod creates the Uniate Church in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, eventually reaching the Lemko Region. .

  • 1646

    Union of Uzhhorod creates the Uniate Church in Hungary, eventaully including all of Subcarpathian Rus and the Presov Region.

  • 1692

    Orthodox Eparchy of Przemysl joins the church union with Rome.

  • 1698-1699

    Appearance of the first printed books for Carpatho-Rusyns; the Primer (Bukvar) and Cathecism (Katychyzis) of Bishop Joseph de Camillis.


  • 1703-1711

    Carpatho-Rusyns join the unsuccessful rebellion of the Hungarian Prince of Transylvania and lord of Mukacevo, Ferenc Rakoczi II, against the Austrian Habsburg rule.

  • 1733

    The last Orthodox bishop of Maramaros county dies and the remaining Orthodox parishes in Subcarpathian Rus' join the church union with Rome.

  • 1745

    The first Carpatho-Rusyns move to the Backa (Vojvodina) region and settle in Ruski Kerestur.

  • 1771

    Creation of an independent Greek Catholic Eparchy of Mukacevo, whose seat is moved to Uzhorod in 1780. 

  • 1772

    The Austrian Habsburg Empire annexes Galicia (including the Lemko Region) from Poland.

  • 1777

    Creation of the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Krizevci.

  • 1778

    Establishment of the Greek Catholic Theological Seminary in Uzhorod during the "golden age" of Bishop Andrij Bacyns'kyj.

  • 1818

    Creation of the Greek Catholic Eparchy or Presov.

  • 1830

    Publication of the first grammar of the Carpatho-Rusyn language by Mychal Luckaj.

  • 1847

    Publication of the first school primer of the Carpatho-Rusyn language by Aleksander Duchnovyc..

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Carpatho-Rusyn Society

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The Carpatho-Rusyn Society is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to manifesting Carpatho-Rusyn culture in the United States and supporting Rusyn culture in the Homeland in east central Europe. It works to educate Rusyns and non-Rusyns about Rusyn culture and history, and to support the development of Rusyn culture on both sides of the Atlantic. As a membership organization, it boasts over 1,800 members worldwide who support the organization's work through their annual contributions of dues as well as voluntary contributions to funds that support Rusyn cultural development abroad as well as humanitarian aid for Rusyn communities in Europe.

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