The Culture and Legacy of Eastern European Emigration to America 1880-1930

Saturday, 30 April 2022 at 2:00 p.m. EDT via Zoom and in-person

Join the Heritage Room and the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society in the exploration and discussion of Eastern European Emigration to the United States.

Bonnie Burke, a representative of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, will introduce the video The Extraordinary Journey (via ZOOM) which discusses emigration from Eastern Europe from 1880 – 1930. Although this video is focused on Slavs and other Eastern Europeans who moved into Northeastern Pennsylvania, the food, culture and reasons for leaving Eastern Europe apply to many. These traditions continue today among Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Carpatho-Rusyn peoples. A question and answer period will follow the video. This program should be of interest to people working on or interested in learning about Eastern European ancestry.

Attendance is free and open to the public, but registration is required for everyone. Limited seats are available for both in-person and Zoom options.

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Attendees planning to meet in-person should arrive before 2:00 p.m. EDT in Multipurpose Room B at the Athens-Clarke County Library in Athens, GA.

Bonnie Burke is an active member of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. She has served on the board as a trustee and is presently a Chapter/Branch Liaison. She is from Cleveland, Ohio where she served as President of the Cleveland Chapter for over ten years. Since moving to South Carolina in 2011, she has formed branches in the southeastern states of North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Her passion for Carpatho-Rusyns, who do not have a country of their own and nearly became extinct before 1989, has led her to study Rusyn culture at Presov University in Slovakia and revisit last year to connect with family.

This program was rescheduled from an event planned for 4 April 2020 and is co-sponsored by the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society and the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room.

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