Concert – St. Cyril’s Church New York


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Vlado Kreslin – Cleveland


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V želji, da se ohrani slovenska kulturna zapuščina slovenskih izseljencev, ki so v ZDA našli svoj novi dom, si slovensko veleposlaništvo v Washingtonu in generalni konzulat v Clevelandu prizadevata, da se pomembni zakladi naše zgodovine ne bi izgubili. V dveh stoletjiih so Slovenci v ZDA zgradili cerkve, domove, društva, oblikovali glasbene in gledališke skupine, organizirali ogromno prireditev in kulturnih dogodkov ter se drugače udejstvovali, o čemer priča številno gradivo.img_0807

Ker se to s časom žal počasi izgublja, bi bila velika škoda, če se spomin na njihovo delo, s katerim so gojili slovensko kulturo, jezik, dediščino in vero, ne bi ohranil. Zaradi zapiranj nekaterih slovenskih cerkva in drugih kulturnih ustanov si veleposlaništvo in generalni konzulat prizadevata, da za prihodnje rodove ohranimo spomin na bogato prisotnost Slovencev v ZDA.

Tako prosimo, da nas konktaktirate, v kolikor želite z nami deliti fotografije, razglednice, pisma, stare LP plošče ali kakršnokoli drugo zanimivo arhivsko gradivo starejše od 50 let, za katerega menite, da bi utegnilo biti pomembno za Arhiv Slovenije, Slovenski muzej in arhiv v Clevelandu ali druge slovenske muzeje in raziskovalne inštitute. Ne bi namreč želeli, da se ti dokumenti in pričevanja izgubijo ali celo zavržejo. Prizadevanja za ohranjanje slovenske materialne kulturne dediščine v svetu podpira tudi Urad Vlade RS za Slovence v zamejstvu in po svetu.

Za vsa vprašanja smo vam na voljo na naslovu: 2410 California Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008 ali na e-mail naslovu ali ali pa pokličite na tel. števiko 202 386 6621 (Nuška), oz. 202 386 6617 (Borut).

Z lepimi pozdravi,

Dr. Božo Cerar, veleposlanik


Dear Sir or Madam,

In the hope to preserve cultural legacy of Slovenian migrants who found new home in the US, the Slovenian Embassy in Washington and Consualate General in Cleveland, aim to do what they can to save some of the important treasures left behind before they get lost forever. In the past two centuries, the Slovenes in the US have built churches, social homes, clubs, they formed music and theater groups, and organized a great deal of cultural events, which have been well documented.img_0808

With the passing of time we are, unfortunately slowly but surely, losing the memory of their work, with which they nurtured Slovenian culture, language, heritage and religion. As a result of closures of Slovenian churches and other cultural institutions, it would have been a great pity to lose it altogether. Hence the Embassy and the Consulate seek ways to preserve the rich memory of Slovenian presence in the United States for future generations.

Therefore please contact us if you would like to share with us your photographs, postcards, letters, old LPs or any other archival material older than 50 years, which you think might be of interest for the Slovenian Archives or other Slovenian museums, including Slovenian Museum and Archives in Cleveland. We very much hope that this precious material will not be discarded, as it was so often the case, but rather preserved.

For and additional queries we are available at the following address: 2410 California Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, e-mail address: or or call tel. number: 202 386 6621 (Nuška) or 202 386 6617 (Borut).

With kind regards,

Ambassador Dr. Božo Cerar

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Slovenian Immigration in Minnesota Since 1855

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Special Exhibit Opening Event

Slovenian Immigration in Minnesota Since 1855

Sunday, October 16, 1-3 pm


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Zarja’s Centennial Celebration Concert


Zarja’s Centennial Celebration Concert is almost here!  That’s right.  On Sunday, October 30th Slovenian Singing Society Zarja will present its official 100th Anniversary Concert at the Slovenian Society Home, 20713 Recher Avenue in Euclid, Ohio.

Through the years Zarja has performed varied types of music – Slovenian as well as other music – and the program, beginning at 3:00 P.M., will reflect that repertoire.  Music by the likes of J. Strauss, Jr., Anton Foerster, Radovan Gobec, Slak, the Avseniks and others.  In addition to that there will be guest performances from other well-known local Slovenian music groups and perhaps some other pleasant surprises.

The doors will open at 2:30 with the concert beginning at 3:00 and then music by Patty C and the Guys along with sandwiches and beverages following the program at 5:00pm.
Tickets for the program are $15.00 and may be purchased from your favorite Zarja member, at the Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame or, for tickets or more information by contacting Barbara at 440-257-2540, Karen at 216-481-1379 or e-mailing

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our program patrons and all our supportersvfor their contunued support through the years, and invite all to come to our celebration on October 30th at the Slovenian Society Home in Euclid, Ohio.


Front Row: Jean Preseren, John Krebelj, Josephine Turk, Joseph Krabec (Director), Leo Poljsak (Founding Member), Sophie Turkman, Andy Turkman, Jr. and Sue Pekus

Second Row: Louis Kocian, Unknown (a Poljsak, perhaps), Tony Elersich (Elerson), Lena Fatur, another Kocian (Louis’ brother), Unknown, Mary Elersich, Millie Mihalec, Sylvia Evatz, Unknown and Donna Slabe

Third Row: John Kokal, Sophie Strumbelj, Kate Jurman, Alice Tekavec, Victoria Poljsak (First female member), Marian Slabe, Valeria Weiss, Mrs. Weiss (don’t know first name) and Joe Tekavec

Top Row: Pat Pastoric, Edwin Polsak, John Cech, John Slogar, Frank Kacar, Al Fatur, Vic Vehar, Frank Kokal and Andy Elersich

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St. Therese Parish Polka Mass

St. Therese Church
5276 East 105th Street at Granger Road
Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125
(216) 581-2852

Polka Mass and Dinner Dance for St. Therese Church with the Joey Tomsick Orchestra,
Saturday, November 5

Celebrate the Polka Mass and enjoy dining and dancing with the Joey Tomsick Orchestra at a special fund-raising event for St. Therese Church in Garfield Heights, Ohio, Saturday, November 5, 2016.

Start the evening at St. Therese with the Polka Mass at 4:30 p.m., featuring Joey and the band. The Polka Mass is a unique expression of faith that enhances the spiritual experience with familiar polka and waltz melodies. Sing-along sheets will be available. St. Therese is located at 5276 East 105th Street at Granger Road in Garfield Heights.

Dine and dance a block away at the Knights of Columbus Ballroom, 10808 Granger Road, at 5:30 p.m. You’ll delight to the classic accordion stylings of Joey Tomsick and his orchestra, one of Cleveland’s award-winning polka bands. In addition to fine dining, you can try your luck at the sideboards and raffles.

Dinner and dance tickets are $35 each and can be ordered at St. Therese after each Mass or in the Rectory, (216) 581-2852. You can also contact Bob at (216) 328-1258 to reserve.


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Invitation to join Društvo VTIS

drustvoInvitation to join Društvo VTIS

Društvo v tujini izobraženih Slovencev – VTIS (Association of Slovenes Educated Abroad) was founded in December 2013. It serves as a platform for Slovene citizens who were formerly or are currently studying, researching or lecturing at academic institutions outside of Slovenia and aims to promote mutual cooperation between Slovene experts. It is the first association of its kind in Slovenia and currently has nearly 750 members, ranging from undergraduate students just starting out their academic experience to accomplished professors and alumni working in senior positions in business or government.

The Association endeavors to:

connect and represent the interests of Slovene citizens who studied or conducted research at academic / research institutions outside of Slovenia,

encourage the cooperation between Slovenian experts based abroad and their links with academic / research institutions and the private sector in Slovenia,

contribute to creating conditions for successful dissemination of knowledge and experience of foreign-educated Slovenes,

present the process of studying and researching abroad to those who are interested in it,

contribute to the design of educational and research programs and policies in Slovenia using the experience and best practices from abroad,

promote education in service of the general well-being of the society as a whole.

The Association organizes several events throughout the year, both in Slovenia and in countries where Slovenian students, researchers and academics are based.

If you would like to become a member of Društvo VTIS see: Membership is free.

For more information about VTIS please visit the website (Slovene only), you can also follow them on Facebook ( or Twitter (@DrustvoVTIS). Alternatively, you can get in touch with them via email on

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Marija Pomagaj Anniversary Mass & Luncheon



Celebration of the 90th anniversary of the crowning of the Marija Pomagaj painting by Bishop Jeglic in 1926 which was placed in the St. Mary’s Chapel in the Franciscan Monastery in Lemont IL in 1924. The crowns were made by the same goldsmith who made the original ones in Brezje. The celebration of Slomšek Sunday, the patron of the Slovenian Catholic Mission, will be celebrated the same day.

Dr. Robert Bahčič, OFM will be the principal celebrant at the Mass. Fr. Bahčič is the rector of the Marija Pomagaj Basilica in Brezje, Slovenia and the Vicar of the Slovenian Franciscan Province. He will be representing the Provincial.

Join us for Mass at 11:00am and then for a wonderful luncheon right afterwards.
Attached you will find the reservations form for the event. Download here.

The donation for the luncheon are:
$20.00 for adults,
$8.00 for students ages 7 – 14 and children ages 6 and under are free.

Paid reservations are due at the Center by Sunday, September 18th.

Slovenian Catholic/Cultural Center
14252 Main Street, PO Box 634
Lemont, IL 60439-0634

Phone Number: 1.630.243.0670

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100th Anniversary Church of St. Cyril – New York City

St Cyril

October 16, 2016 Mass at 10:30am
62 St. Marks Place New York, NY
Gala with a program at 2pm held at the New York Athletic Club
Contact Father Krizolog at 212-674-3442 or Ivan Kamin 718-424-2711

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Pristava Wine Festival

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