Miss Czech/Slovak US Queen at One World Day in Cleveland
Miss Michaela Marenka Steager is the 2016/17 Miss Czech/Slovak US Queen. She lives in Nebraska and came to the 71st annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This was Michaela and her parent's first trip to Ohio. Laurel Tombazzi introduced Michaela and spoke about the competition which now includes Carpatho Rusyn and well as Czech and Slovak heritage. Michaela showed her kroj (traditional costume) which includes a favorite tie from her late grandfather. Watch the video by clicking on the white arrow.
Harmonia receives Freedom Award
The American Nationalities Movement of Ohio (ANM) celebrated their 51st annual Christmas Luncheon and Freedom Award recognitions on December 19, 2015.
Lia Staaf, Gary Kotlarsic, Jane B. Sheats and the band Harmonia were honored.
The band Harmonia is an ambassador of Eastern European and nationality music.
Slovak Folk Dress (Kroje) from various regions of Slovakia
Slovak American George Terbrak has been collecting and preserving Slovak Folk Dress, called Kroje, from various regions of Slovakia. He displayed them at the 100 Year Anniversary Commemoration of the historic Cleveland Agreement of 1915 which was held in the Bohemian Hall.
Prayer for Cardinal Ján Chryzostom Korec, Slovak Jesuit
Father Michael Brunovsky, OSB MS Ed and principal of Benedictine High School, gave the invocation at the Historic Bohemian National Hall on Broadway Ave. in Cleveland. This was at the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Cleveland Agreement. He asked the people to pray for Cardinal Ján Chryzostom Korec, a Slovakian Jesuit priest who died that morning.
Denise Ivan-Antus spoke at the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Cleveland Agreement at the Historic Bohemian National Hall on Broadway Ave. in Cleveland. In the first video, she gave some background about a poem about General Milan Stefanik that she would be reciting.
In this video, Denise recited a poem in Slovak about General Milan Stefanik and dedicated the poem to her father. 33 years earlier her father brought her to the same location to recite another poem in Slovak.
Father Michael Brunovsky, OSB MS Ed and principal of Benedictine High School, spoke at the Historic Bohemian National Hall on Broadway Ave. in Cleveland. This was at the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Cleveland Agreement.
His presentation was titled "The Slovak Struggle toward the Cleveland Agreement."
In this part of the speech he speaks about the 3 elements to the Slovak Question in the 19th Century: Nationalism, Magyarization and Immigration.
In October 1915, representatives of the Slovak League of America and the Bohemian National Alliance met at the Bohemian National Hall on Broadway Avenue in Cleveland to discuss the need for a united front in the effort to free the Czech and Slovak homelands from Austro-Hungarian rule.
After debate, a mutual agreement by both parties resulted in the first published agreement calling for the independence of the historical Czech & Slovak lands, the creation of a federation with citizen voting rights, and a democratic system of government for those lands.
Signed on October 22, 1915, The Cleveland Agreement was the first step by Czechs and Slovaks throughout America in a continuing process to continue to work together to lobby the American, British and French governments to ensure the freedom of the Czech and Slovak lands from the control of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by the end of World War I.
This effort culminated in the creation of the independent Republic of Czechoslovakia in October, 1918.
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Ashley Shaw participated in the Coit Road Farmer's Market in East Cleveland Ohio and demonstrated the pierogi recipe her great grandmother from Slovakia passed down. Pierogi recipes vary from Slovakia to Poland to Ukraine and so on.
Representatives from the Slovak community participated in the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio. They modeled Slovak costumes at the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.
Congratulations to Geroge Terbrack for receiving the ANM Freedom Award
Taras Szmagala, Vice-President of the American Nationality Movement (ANM) introduced George Terbrack at the ANM Christmas event at the German Cultural Center in Olmsted Falls (Cleveland) Ohio. The event also celebrated the 100th birthday of former Cleveland Mayor Ralph J. Perk. Szmagala said that George has a lifetime objective to educate and inspire all generations on the significant contributions of the Slovak nation.
In his acceptance speech, George told of the influence of his immigrant grandparents from East Slovakia and the history of the Slovak people.
George told of the monumental Cleveland agreement that was the start of civil rights for the Czech and Slovak people. He said that Selma Alabama was the birthplace of civil rights for African-American and Cleveland Ohio was the birthplace of civil rights movement for Czech and Slovak people.
George Terbrack received the Freedom Award from the American Nationality Movement.
Where is Slovak hero General Milan R. Stefanik?
For many years the statue of Slovak hero General Milan R. Stefanik, which was erected in 1922, could be found on an island at MLK Blvd and Jeptha in Cleveland near the Cleveland Museum of Art.
But it was moved this past year with its eventual home to be in the Slovak Cultural Garden. In the meantime, it is on Mayfield Road in South Euclid where thousands drive by it every day.
General Milan R. Stefanik statue at Johns-Carabelli Co.
Slovaks at One World Day
The Cleveland Slovak community was well represented at the annual One World Day Festival in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Besides hosting activities in the Slovak Garden, a group marched in the Parade of Nations.
U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick, Milan Ftacnik, Mayor of Bratislava, Slovakia, Cynthia Maleski, National President, First Catholic Slovak Ladies Assn., Andrew Rajec, Jr., Marie Golias, President, Cleveland-Bratislava Sister Cities, Paula Tilisky, George Terbrack, Andrew Rajec, Sr., President, First Catholic Slovak Union, Mrs. Idka Rajec, Dusan Kaluznik, and Michelle Kaluznik
The dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the close of World War I allowed the Slovaks to join the closely related Czechs to form Czechoslovakia. Following the chaos of World War II, Czechoslovakia became a Communist nation within Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe.
Soviet influence collapsed in 1989 and Czechoslovakia once more became free. The Slovaks and the Czechs agreed to separate peacefully on 1 January 1993.
Slovakia joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004 and the Eurozone on 1 January 2009.