Dressed in traditional costume, Paula Holoviak discusses Ukrainian immigration to the anthracite coal regions in the late 19th- and 20th-centuries and the impact of this migration on the history, culture and economy of Pennsylvania. Audiences learn the reasons for this first major wave of Ukrainian immigration and explore the cultural legacy of the early immigrants. A PowerPoint presentation with historical maps and pictures is displayed. The presentation ends with a performance of Ukrainian folk songs by a folk quartet with songs typical of those sung by early immigrants.
Sponsoring Organization: Forest City Area Historical Society
Commonwealth Speakers is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.