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  • Homeland Visits

  • 1980
    Dymitr Szach


  • 2001
    Maryann Dubowchik Bacsik/
    Mary Yurkosky Dubowchik


  • 2001
    William Morrison


  • 2003-2004 Andrew J. Smith

  • 2004
    Carol Morrison


  • In Slovakia, we stayed in Presov, the center of Rusyn culture in that country. A city of considerable beauty and increasing prosperity, Presov had emerged from a grayer, grimmer time under Communism and restored many of its lovely baroque facades with warm, pastel colors. Side trips to selected destinations (Levoca, Kosice, Medzilaborce and Bardejov) sometimes went through Rusyn villages of small, well-kept homes, some with stork nests on their chimneys, in which our people lived and worked. Visits to skansens (outdoor musums) in Svidnick and Bardejov and an icon museum in Badejov offered deeper insights into our ancestors' daily life and religious faith.

    Our guide indicated that that Rusyns increasingly identified themselves as Slovakian in censuses rather that acknowledging their traditional Rusyn heritage. Trip participants met with Slovakian-Rusyn relatives and reported happy visits with family they had never before met. Invitations to visit America were extended with the hope that they would indeed take place. At times, there were also quiet, "Thank you, Grandfather," utterances which reflected the increased opportunities we have all had because of our grandparents' immigration to America. [Home]   [Poland]   [Ukraine]






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