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

Monday, July 25, 2016

"Old Countrymen, New Neighbors," My Latest Published Article

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, just released the latest issue of Slovo, its bi-annual journal. The Summer 2016 issue's theme is "A Carpatho-Rusyn Renaissance: Bringing the Rusyns (Back) to Life."

The issue features 5 articles by noted Carpatho-Rusyn American scholars/specialists:
  • Breaking Down Boundaries: A Brief Introduction to Carpatho-Rusyns, By Patricia A. Krafcik
    Learn about the rich and fascinating history of the Carpatho-Rusyn peoples.
  • The Lost World of Subcarpathian Rus’: The Searching Lens of Rudolf Hůlka, From the National Library of the Czech Republic’s Slavonic Library Collection
    Get a rare glimpse, in color photographs, of Carpatho-Rusyns during the 1920s.
  • Old Countrymen, New Neighbors: Early Carpatho-Rusyn and Slovak Immigrant Relations in the United States, By Richard D. Custer
    Discover how the Slovak and Carpatho-Rusyn communities in the United States experienced times of cooperation and conflict which helped lead them to defining their respective identities.
  • “No! We Won’t Die!”: Rediscovering Emil Kubek, By Nick Kupensky
    A case study of one Rusyn immigrant and the impact he had on his community and the Carpatho-Rusyn legacy. (unabridged version is posted online)
  • The Woman Behind the Artist: Andy Warhol’s Mother, By Elaine Rusinko
    Take a look at how famed artist Andy Warhol was influenced by his Carpatho-Rusyn mother Julia Warhola.

I am thrilled to have my work included in this excellent set of articles by friends and colleagues in the NCSML's attractive and readable journal. Here's a partial glimpse of my article.

A fully-illustrated and unabridged version of my article will be posted soon at the NCSML website (and here). The full Summer 2016 issue of Slovo is now online.

In July and August, the museum is hosting a variety of Andy Warhol-themed events revolving around its current Warhol exhibit, "Immortal: Warhol’s Last Works" (May 14-Aug. 11), which was also the inspiration for devoting the current issue of Slovo to Carpatho-Rusyn topics.

To visit the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and/or join as a supporter (which includes a Slovo subscription), see their website, Issues of Slovo are available for purchase at the Museum Store in Cedar Rapids.

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

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