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, February 13, 2015

“Porač Comes to America”

In 2004 I led a project to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, observed that year. The Rusyn-American Almanac of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society 2004-2005 appeared in 2005, a 200+ page treasure-trove of articles on Rusyn culture and history.

One of two articles I wrote myself specially for this publication was “Porač Comes to America,” a background and overview of emigration to the United States from the Carpatho-Rusyn-inhabited village of Porač, Spiš County. With several areas of Pennsylvania being the destination for immigrants from Porač, I'm happy to reproduce the article here. (Click each page to view it larger-size.)

“Poračane” played an important part in the development of Carpatho-Rusyn communities in Pennsylvania, so you can expect more about them in my book.

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

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