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    • 19 October 2019
    • Slovak Embassy, 3523 International Court NW, Washington DC

    The National Capital Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society

    in conjunction with the

    The Slovak American Society of Washington, D.C.

    Immigrant Steamships 1890-1950

    Paul S. Valasek
    Genealogist and Historian

    Saturday, October 19th, 2:00 pm
    Slovak Embassy
    3523 International Court, NW
    Washington, DC

    RSVP is required by Thursday, October 17th at rsvp@dcslovaks.org

    Admission is free.

    “Immigrant Steamships 1890-1950” will show and discuss the major trans-Atlantic steamship companies, ports, and ships that our ancestors chose for their “trip of a lifetime.”  Dr. Valasek will discuss living conditions on board these great ships, as well as where these ships’ passenger records may be found and how to find “shipping memorabilia” to add to your ancestors’ stories.

    Paul S. Valasek is a three-time graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, earning his Doctorate in Dentistry in 1984.  Born and raised in Chicago, he and his wife Andrea have always been interested in their ancestries and their families’ origins in Europe.  The first of Dr. Valasek’s numerous trips to Europe, in 1974, with his immigrant grandfather Joseph Valasek, was a major turning point in his life.  He has written numerous articles for genealogical publications, is an international lecturer, has published two books on Polish-American topics, and is about to publish his third book.  He has been either an officer or founding member of: the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA), the Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society of Illinois (CSAGSI), the Moravian Historical Society, the Carpatho- Rusyn Society (Pittsburgh), the Polish-American website www.PolishRoots.org, the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the Polish Museum of America (Chicago), the Czechoslovak Heritage Museum of Illinois, and the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI, Minnesota).

    Offered as part of Carpatho-Rusyn Day events in North America.

    • 20 October 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Parma Snow Library, 2121 Snow Road, Parma, Oh


    WHEN                   Sunday.  October 20, 2019  2-4pm

    WHAT                   General Meeting  with guest speaker:

                                      John  Righetti on Past  Funeral  Customs

    WHERE                 Parma Snow Library,  2121 Snow  Road, Parma, OH         

    John Righetti is a knowledgeable on many things Rusyn.  On October 20th he will present a program about Past Funeral Customs.  This can be interesting from a genealogy point of view as funerals have changed over the years.  Do you have any stories about funerals you attended many years ago?  Do you have any funeral pictures or funeral announcements sent from the "Old Country?" Come, learn and share.


    • 03 November 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Russian Hall, 4-6 Woodhull Avenue, Little Falls, New Jersey

    The New Jersey Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society

    cordially invites you to their 

            Annual Heritage Celebration Dinner

    The John Mihalasky Award

    Honoree: Luba Czerhoniak Fedash

    Luba was born in the Lemko village of Lishchyny, in the Carpathian Mountains in Poland. As a child, she experienced the horrors of the Nazi occupation of her homeland, followed by the forced resettlement policy of Operation Vistula (Akcja Wisla). She is the author of two books, Blossoms on a Rooftop and Those Fleeting Years. 


    A Musical duo featuring Joseph Jurasi and Maria Jurasi for your listening and dancing pleasure.

    Historical/Genealogical Exhibits by Kathryn & Tom Peters

    Basket Raffle/50-50/Ethnic Foods

    Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 12:30 4:30 pm

    Socializing from 12:30 to 1:00. Dinner begins at 1:00 PM

    Russian Hall, 4-6 Woodhull Avenue

    Little Falls, New Jersey

    Directions: Route 46 to Route 23 S., left at third light (Bradford), Russian Hall on the corner of Bradford and Woodhull. Public transportation – Bus #195.

    Please make your check payable to C-RS, detach the bottom of this page and mail your form and check to

    Betty Short, 2201 Conrad Way, Somerset, NJ 08873 in the enclosed envelope

    For additional information, please call Jim Huratiak at 267-421-3210.

    Thank you for supporting our chapter activities!

    Kindly reply before October 19, 2019


    Please list names of attendees on the back of the return sheet.

    Name:  _____________________________________    e-mail: ______________________________________

    Address: _______________________________________________________ phone: ____________________

    Number Attending:     Members         _____  @ $35  = $      _____

                                        Non-Member _____  @ $38  = $      _____

                                        Children (9-12) _____            @ $15  =$      _____            Children Under 9, Free

    Program Book:

    Benefactor $100 _____       Sponsor $75 _____      Patron $50  _____      Friend $25_____      Other $ _____           

    Name as you would like it to appear in the program book: __________________________________________


    Total Enclosed  $_____

    • 10 November 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Parma Snow Library, 2121 Snow Rd, Parma OH

    WHEN                   Sunday, November 10, 20192-4 pm

    WHAT                   Documentary on “ The  Velvet Revolution”

                                    written & presented  by  Maria Silvestri & John  Righetti    

    WHERE                 Parma Snow Library,  2121  Snow  Rd,  Parma  OH     

    On November 10th, Maria Silvestri and John Righetti will be here to share their new documentary and answer any questions you might have.

    Maria's Promo:

    The 20th century was the roughest in history for the Carpatho-Rusyns of Central Europe. After World War II, when they were declared Ukrainians by the new Communist regimes in every country where they lived, Carpatho-Rusyns in Czechoslovakia and elsewhere became extinct overnight -- and this was their existence for more than 50 years.

    But with the 1989 Velvet Revolution, led by the playwright and former dissident Václav Havel, Carpatho-Rusyn ethnicity revived in every country… including the United States! This is the story of that revival. Воскресеніє народа —the Resurrection of a Nation.

    Enjoy this documentary, filmed in Slovakia, Canada, and the United States, made especially for the 30th anniversary of the Fall of Communism, and discuss it LIVE with the producers and other viewers.

    Free - Open to all  - Bring a friend!!

    • 16 November 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Montreat College School of Adult and Graduate Studies, 29 Turtle Creek Drive, Asheville NC




    Saturday, November 16th  1:30 – 3:30

    Montreat College School of Adult and Graduate Studies

    29 Turtle Creek Drive, Asheville, NC


    In recognition of Veterans Day, the Western NC Branch

     is reaching out to honor all veterans in the community

     with the presentation of


    “Our Flag Still Waves”


    The film features Michael Strank, a Carpatho-Rusyn

    born in Jarabina, Slovakia and lived in Johnstown, PA.

    Michael was a US Marine who was one of the

     six men who placed the American flag on Iwo Jima

    at that memorable event on February 23, 1945.


    The event is free and all are welcome.

     Refreshments will be served.

    Reservations are necessary as seating is limited.


    For more information, contact Bonnie at:

    bb@c-rs.org or call 440 729-2045

    • 15 December 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • St Joseph’s Activity Center, 8111 Brecksville Rd, Brecksville OH

    Topic: Christmas Program

    When: December 15, 2019  1:00 to 4:00 or longer

    Where: St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church Hall - 8111 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH

    Cost: $10.00  - Children under 10 Free

    Bring a Velija dish (or something yummy) to share

    Limited Seating - Please RSVP by December 8th to Marcia at 440-331-3856 or online at www.c-rs.org - go to Events - scroll down to the December event and Register

    We did this last year and had a really good time.  It was reminiscent of days of yore when our ancestors got together to share food and song to celebrate the Christmas season.  Don't know the Koljady (Carols)?  No problem.  We will go line by line until everyone is ready.  This is a perfect opportunity for those of you who did not grow up with the Christmas Eve (Velija) foods and customs to learn how to create a new-old tradition.  This is a perfect opportunity to bring chilren or grandchildren to introduce them to their culture.

    We are hoping to have Living Traditions Folk Ensemble join us to present "The Jaslickari".  A re-enactment of the shepherds who would go door to door singing carols and telling the story of the first Christmas,

    We have rented St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church hall to give us more flexibility with time we don't have at the library.  Hence, the $10.00 entry fee to offset hall rental.

    Bringing something hot?  We will have plenty of plugs for crock pots.

    We hope you will join us for any and/or all our programs.  Make it fun and bring a friend

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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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