Carpatho-Rusyns are one of the major ethnic groups of Pennsylvania. From the time they settled the state’s small towns and cities in the late 1870s until the present time, Carpatho-Rusyns have left an indelible mark on the state, and their story should be told. This blog is about a project that will do just that. Read more

Friday, September 25, 2015

Author to speak in Pittston, Pa. on Saturday, October 3, 2015

On Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, I will be on the speaking program when the Carpatho-Rusyn Society's Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter holds a day-long seminar at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Pittston, Pa.

“Celebrating Our Past, Understanding Our Future” will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston. It’s free, but advance registration is requested.

Presentations will be as follows:
  • 9 a.m.: Michele Parvensky, "Staryj Kraj – the Old Country;"
  • 10:45 a.m.: Rich Custer, "The Greater Pittston Area and St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church: A Carpatho-Rusyn Immigrant Hub of the Wyoming Valley;"
  • 1:30 p.m.: Peter Yasenchak, "The Richness of our Coal Fields and the Ancestors who Toiled in Them."
A light lunch and a tour of St. Michael’s is available. Register by phone at 570-654-4564 or online at Include the word “register” in the message or subject line. List your name, the number of people who will attend and a contact phone number.

Original material is © by the author, Richard D. Custer; all rights reserved.

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