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34544Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Searching for Stefanik

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  • bjlkltd
    Aug 2, 2013
      Hi, Mike!

      I'm an old lady now and probably have lots of stories. Is there anything in
      particular that you are looking for? What kind of research are you doing?

      B. J.

      B. J. Licko-Keel (BJLK@...)

      In a message dated 8/2/2013 1:42:09 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
      mjkopanic@... writes:


      I found this in a search, and am doing some research on Chicago Slovaks.
      Are there any other stories you could share about your experiences growing
      up in the Chicago Slovak community?


      Mike Kopanic

      --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, BJLK@... wrote:
      > Thank you so much for sharing this link. It brings back so many happy
      > memories. Chicago Slovaks of my generation were very much aware of
      > Milan Stefanik.
      > When I was a child growing up in Chicago, my Slovak Sokol lodge's
      > was housed in a beautiful building called Stefanikova Dvorana, which
      > dedicated to the memory of this important Slovak hero. The building was

      > also one of the important Slovak cultural centers of its time where we
      > many divadlo performances on its fully equipped theater stage, choral
      > orchestral concerts, Sokol verejnie, and many other important Slovak
      events of
      > that time. In addition to its auditorium, the building housed meeting
      > rooms, two professional kitchens, and two bars, which made it an
      > place for weddings, banquets, dance parties, or other important
      > and celebrations. (The auditorium stage was large enough to
      accommodate a
      > fairly large orchestra.)
      > Unfortunately, the building was used for fewer and fewer occasions as
      > social customs changed and Slovaks began dispersing among the newly
      > Chicago suburbs. It fell into disrepair and stood abandoned for several

      > years. During this sad time, it became a sanctuary for homeless
      squatters who
      > finally destroyed it completely by setting fires to keep warm. One of
      > these fires damaged the structure so badly that it was razed--only a
      vacant lot
      > now remains.
      > Like another well-known Slovak meeting place about a mile away, Pilsen
      > Park, the Stefanikova Dvorana is now just another beloved piece of
      > local-Chicago Slovak history.
      > Moje spomienky na detstvo . . .
      > B. J.
      > _____________________________
      > B. J. Licko-Keel (_BJLK@..._ (http://BJLK@.../) )
      > In a message dated 8/21/2011 10:23:03 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
      > tharmon63@... writes:
      > I wonder how many Slovaks in North America know who Stefanik is and how
      > important he was to Slovaks worldwide. I certainly didn't until
      > http://paulinescookbook.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/searching-for-stefanik/
      > --
      > Tonya Harmon
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


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