Slovak Club Celebrated 100th Anniversary
On July 27th, 2013 the John Kollar Slovak Literary and Library Society celebrated its 100th anniversary. The Kollar Club, as it is better known, invited former, present, and hopefully future members to partake in the celebration. The festivities opened with a blessing followed by traditional Slovakian food, music, door prizes and raffles.
The John Kollar Slovak Literary and Library Society was founded 100 years ago in “The Hollow” of Pittsburgh’s South Side. The organization came into being during the great wave of immigration during the age of industrialization. Members worked in the coal mines, glass factories, and steel mills in the area. The Slovak migrants from the villages of Niedzica and Frydman migrated to Pittsburgh’s South Side. The immigrants wanted and needed to form a club where they could go to socialize among their own ethnic group and have some activities like singing and dancing. They decided on the name of John Kollar, who was a great Slovak literati and poet and it was a place where many immigrants went to learn to read, write, and speak English.
Today we have classes to learn Slovak and to learn Slovakian culture. The club was also a place where one could learn of events taking place at home in the old country since there were no telephones or internet. Today the Kollar Club still supports their creed “to cultivate raising moral standards and education among Slovak youths and Americans of Slovak descent”.
Read this article and more in the most recent publication of National Slovak Society News.