|Rusyn church, Jermyn, Lackawanna County, Pa.|
In the decades that followed, Carpatho-Rusyn immigrant communities sprang up in central Pennsylvania (primarily in Centre and Clearfield Counties) and in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas. By 1900, there were Rusyn immigrant settlements in at least 25 counties and these communities numbered in the hundreds. In the decade 1910-1920, 54% of Carpatho-Rusyns in the United States lived in Pennsylvania. A far larger number of the total had lived in Pennsylvania at one point but later moved to other states.
|“Rusyn miner returning from work,” ca. 1896|
Whether they called themselves, or were called by others, Rusyns, Rusnaks, Ruthenians, Carpatho-Russians, Lemkos, Russians, Ukrainians, Slovaks, or any of a number of other names, Americans of Carpatho-Rusyn descent have contributed much to the rich ethnic mosaic of Pennsylvania, and their story should be told.
This blog will describe a project over two decades in the making that will do just that. The ultimate goal of the project is to publish a comprehensive illustrated history of all the Carpatho-Rusyn immigrant communities and their churches, fraternal lodges, social clubs, and businesses in the state.
This blog is intended to grow over time to better describe the project. Watch for followup posts to learn about the background of the project and various aspects of the research.
I welcome your feedback, inquiries, and suggestions in the comments of various posts. Hostile or off-topic comments will not be approved.
Original material is © by the author, Richard D. Custer; all rights reserved.