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

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  • James Dubelko
    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.
    Message 1 of 10 , Aug 2, 2013
      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:

      http://bit.ly/138Bxb5

      Jim Dubelko


      On Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM, mjkopanic <mjkopanic@...> wrote:

      > **
      >
      >
      > BJ,
      >
      > 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?
      >
      > Thanks,
      >
      > 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
      > General
      > > Milan Stefanik.
      > >
      > > When I was a child growing up in Chicago, my Slovak Sokol lodge's
      > gymnasium
      > > 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
      > saw
      > > many divadlo performances on its fully equipped theater stage, choral
      > and
      > > 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
      > attractive
      > > place for weddings, banquets, dance parties, or other important
      > anniversaries
      > > 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
      > sprawling
      > > 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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      Jim Dubelko
      6051 Sandpiper Lane
      North Olmsted, OH 44070
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