Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Searching for Stefanik
- For a story out of Cleveland that gives a whole new meaning to the words
"Searching for Stefanik," see the Cleveland Historical story about the
Milan R. Stefanik statue in Cleveland (which I wrote) at:
On Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM, mjkopanic <mjkopanic@...> wrote:
> 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 was
> > 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
> > 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 recently.
> > 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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