The next installment of the free History to Go lecture series:
Slovaks of the Mahoning Valley
Saturday, April 14th at 2:00 p.m.
SS. Cyrill & Methodius Church
252 E. Wood Street, Youngstown
Our community is made up of peoples of diverse ethnicity and we are excited to host an event that focuses on the history and contributions of one of those groups, namely the Slovak-American community. Loretta Ekoniak and Susan Summers, who recently co-authored a book documenting the local Slovak community, will give a presentation highlighting certain content from that book. Afterwards, there will be a tour of the historic SS. Cyril & Methodius Church.
Copies of the book will be available for sale.
This event is partnered by: SS. Cyrill & Methodius Church, St. Matthias Church and Holy Name of Jesus Church.
From the Arcadia book jacket:
To many people, the sight of a sky aglow with flame, clouds of smoke, and the smell of sulfur in the air would bring thoughts of sermons about brimstone, fire and punishment for a life of sin. But Slovak immigrants fleeing poverty in Europe saw a picture of hope and prosperity as they came to the Mahoning Valley in response to the promise of jobs and good pay in the steel mills. From the 1870's, when the first Slovaks came to this area, to the present, there is no part of American life in which these Slovak Americans have not thrived while living the American Dream.
Lorretta Ekoniak, a grandchild of Slovak immigrants, grew up in Youngstown. She is president of the American Slovak Cultural Association of the Mahoning Valley and is deeply involved in keeping the Slovak heritage alive. Susan Summers grew up in Campbell. Her work at the Arms Family Museum and the Campbell Historical Society fueled interest in her Slovak heritage and influenced her decision to help maintain Slovak memories.
The Images of American series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive sotires from the past that shape the character of the community today.