- Jim Kaminski (President of C-RS),
- Tom Peters (genealogist),
- Rich Custer (historian),
- Dr. Peter Yasenchak (Director of research at the Historical Society of Schuylkill County), and
- Jerry Jumba (Carpatho-Rusyn music, dance and culture specialist).
This presentation will discuss the preparation of a history, in words and in pictures, of the Carpatho-Rusyn immigrant communities in the state of Pennsylvania. Through the collection and research of chain migration data, parish histories, church and civil records, immigrant newspapers, photographs, oral histories, and memoirs, the author has amassed a collection of source material that he is assembling into the most comprehensive look at the history of Carpatho-Rusyn communities anywhere in the world.
Special focus will be given to the influence the pioneer Rusyn immigrant settlements in the anthracite region had on the development of Carpatho-Rusyn religious and cultural institutions statewide and nationwide, and the audience will hear powerful first-person accounts of the earliest days of Rusyn community life in the coal mining towns of the region.
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The aforementioned first-person accounts came from the translated memoirs of early Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants to the anthracite region, including Teodozij Talpaš (Shamokin) and Dymytrij Kapitula (Honey Brook/Audenried, near McAdoo), and the American-born Michael Luchkovich, writing about his early life in Shamokin. Each of these described the difficult conditions for those working in the mines, and for the newly-arrived Rusyn immigrants to establish themselves in a new land, in a community where there were but a few of their own people.
Here is a selection of the presentation slides.
Original material is © by the author, Richard D. Custer; all rights reserved.