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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
Ivan Rusenko (1890-1960)
Lemkos still call him "the teacher," and indeed he was a teacher of the people, an ideological leader, and an awakener of Lemko patriotism and self identity. He was also the "most Lemko"' of poets, who used superbly the simple Lemko language that blossomed from his pen. Rusenko fully expressed the problems of Lemko life, describing "what hurts" and "what cheers." He could warm the Lemko heart or chide it for misbehavior like a good and wise teacher. More about him here http://www.carpatho-rusyn.org/lemkos/rusenko.htm Next week we will begin a series of posts showing his drawings which Lemko Association published in our almanac a year after his death.
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The Lemko Association
The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
**Happy New Year** We will soon turn more attention to Ivan Rusenko, the teacher, but for now here is his poem with wishes for 1960 written just months before his death and published in our 1960 almanac. We invite you to translate it.
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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
The 14th congress of the Lemko Association, Ansonia, Conn., 1948
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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
"Vechirky" show at the Lemko Hall in Cleveland, 1951.
During the first half of winter, married women and single girls spun flax and got together for "vechirky". During these "vechirky" single men played cards in a corner of the house, and also amused themselves by playing a game called "dupak". The elderly villagers told stories about their life adventures, and about various ghosts and evil spirits.
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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
The 9th congress of the Lemko Association, Yonkers, N.Y., 1941
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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
Lemko Park, Monroe, NY. Talerhof Memorial Chapel. (1963)
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Lemko Park, Monroe, NY. Talerhof Memorial Chapel. (1963)
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Lemko Park, Monroe, NY. Talerhof Memorial Chapel. (1963)
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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
The 5th Congress of the Lemko Association, Passaic, N.J., 1936
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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
A group of actors who staged Lemko Wedding performances in Old Forge and the vicinity in 1938 under the leadership of Mykhal Beskydniak. Sorry, no other names are given.
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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
The celebration of the 10th anniversary of Lemko Hall in Cleveland (October 13, 1957). From left to right: Chairman of the Lemko Association, Stefan Herenchak, Jersey City, N.J.; Nykolai Tsysliak, Manager of the Lemko Hall; Derofei Koval'chyk, Toast Master; Yl'ia Vladŷka, Chairman of the local branch 6; and Andrei Hrabskyi, Recording Secretary of the Guiding Council of the Lemko Association (Yonkers, N.Y.). [The actual spelling of these names as used by these individuals may vary. Here they were Romanized from Lemko text in Cyrillic]
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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
Today is Carpatho-Rusyn Day in North America.
A great day to display Carpatho-Rusyn flag and to sign Appeal to the Government of Ukraine to Support Carpatho-Rusyn Language and Culture Schools
http://www.c-rcna.org/appeal-to-the-government-of-ukraine-to-support-carpatho-rusyn-language-and-culture-schools/
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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
We have reached 300+ likes.
Thank you for liking our page.
Here is where our fans are located.
United States of America 181
Poland 50
Ukraine 20
Canada 15
Serbia 7
Russia 7
Slovakia 4
Czech Republic 3
United Kingdom 3
France, Sweden, Australia 2 each
Romania, Norway, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Finland,
Argentina 1 each
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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
October 26 is Carpatho-Rusyn Day in North America.
Have you gotten your Carpatho-Rusyn flag yet to display it proudly on October 26 or when-ever you feel like doing that?
We have full size Carpatho-Rusyn flags for sale.
http://lemkoassociation.org/2013/08/rusyn-flags-available/
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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
In 1957 Pavel and Maryia Kostych [Kostycz?] were considered the oldest living Lemko immigrants in the United States. Pavel was 97, born in Posada Jaśliska and came to the US in 1889. Maryia Kravets [Krawec?] was 89, born in Zahutyń. They run a farm near Port Jarvis, N.Y., since 1890! --- Are you related to them? Do you know their relatives / descendants?
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The Lemko AssociationJanuary 21st, 2017 at 8:44pm
Today we celebrate the life of one of Lemko immigrants in the United States Mary Geriak Honcharik. Mary Geriak was born 1894 in Skwirtne, Gorlice County, Austro-Hungarian Empire and came to America in 1909. She married Theodore Honcharik at the St. Michael's Greek Catholic Church in Yonkers, N.Y. in 1916. Theodore was born in 1893 in Hańczowa, Gorlice County, Austro-Hungarian Empire. They first lived in Yonkers at 156 Yonkers Ave. They subsequently moved to Stamford, Conn. (720 Pacific St.) where some of Mary's relatives lived and their son, George, was born in 1917 (d. 1988). Later they moved to their new home on Turn of River Rd. in Stamford, Conn., which was on a part of the Geriak farm tract below Gerik Rd. where the Geriak relatives lived. Theodore maintained a poultry farm there. Both of them were members of the Lemko Hall and the Lemko Association. Mary was known for her beautiful singing voice and made several recordings of Lemko songs on the Columbia label in the 1930s. Fourteen of the fifteen recordings have been found and digitized. Mary and Theodore traveled back to their birth villages in 1966 the same year that Mary sang at her grandniece, Elaine R. (Beach) Wandzilak's wedding reception in Scarsdale, N.Y.
Mary died in 1979 and Theodore died in 1972.
[We would like to thank John H. Beach for photographs and information and call others to provide similiar materials about Lemko pioneers in America. We will be glad to publish them on our Facebook page]
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