Lithuanians of Schuylkill County
From villages and cities in Lithuania, immigrants came to America to find what they were denied in Eastern Europe, which was freedom from tyranny and want as well as freedom to worship and live as they chose. Through centuries of bloody invasions and cruel oppression, their Lithuania was denied to them, yet here, in the anthracite coalfields of Pennsylvania, these immigrants worked to build communities of proud American citizens who continued to celebrate Kucios as well as Kaledos, eat blynai and šaltibaršcia, decorate marguciai, and pray the rosary in their native language. In Schuylkill County, they built the first churches, first schools, and first communities established by Lithuanians in the United States. Lithuanian American bands, newspapers, and festivals prospered for decades. No matter the hardships—grueling work in coalmines, contempt and violence against recent immigrants, religious prejudice, or condescension toward foreign names and accents—they believed in their country, the United States. Their stories are essential America.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467129169
: Arcadia Publishing
: 06/04/2018
: Pennsylvania
: Images of America
: 222 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Anne Chaikowsky La Voie is the proud descendant of four Lithuanian grandparents who lived in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, at the turn of the 20th century. Inspired by their stories and encouraged by other Lithuanian Americans, Anne explored archives, rummaged through albums, and gathered memories to share this history.
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