Today we continue with our Amerikán Národní Kalendář survey of 1878 Czech immigrants and their communities. It is only fitting today, September 11th, our translation features New York City.
Today we learn about dozens of Czech organizations in New York City and more. It is wonderful.
Plus we give you just a hint at what is coming tomorrow as we finish up this fabulous Czech genealogy and history translation from 1878.
Amerikán Národní Kalendář
Volume: I, Year: 1878, Pages: 97-108
“STRUČNÁ STATISTIKA: Osad, míst a okresů ve Spojených Státech Čechy obydlených (Jak daleko nám bylo možno letos dopátrati se dál. Budoucího roku budeme pokračovat.)”
“BRIEF STATISTICS: Of settlements, towns and counties at United States, inhabited by Czechs (As far as we were able to find this year. Next year we will continue.)”
(Ed: New York City Continued)
“The Cigar Makers Society is named “Oekonom”, was established on 20 January 1870 and has 90 members.
International Order of Oddfellows has four Czech lodges, namely: Hus, Zizka, Praha, and Jiri Podebrad.
There are also two female lodges named: Rebeka and Johana Podebradovna.
Educational and another societies are the following:
“Hlahol”, singing, drama, and ‘in illness’ supporting organization was established on 6 June 1867 and has 100 members.
Sokol, a gymnastic organization was established in 1868 and has 90 members.
“Pokrok” was established in 1869 and has 20 members.
“Thalia” was established on 17 March 1874 and has 35 members.
“Národni Jednota” was established in 1875 and consists of deputies from all of the organizations
Club “Zaboj” was established in 1876 and and has 40 members.
Club “Vlastimil” was established in 1874 and has 30 members, and
First Riflemen Corps. was established on 11 October 1874 and has 100 members.
Ladies organizations consist of the following:
“Libuse” was established on 26 July 1868 and has 150 members;
“Lada” was established on 10 October 1868 and has 150 members;
“Vlastmila” was established on 1 December 1875 and has 114 members; and
“Ladislava” was established on 28 February 1877 and has 11 members.
Church catholic organizations are the following:
Czech Roman Catholic Society of Saints Cyril and Methodius, was established on 12 February 1871, and has about 150 members.
An illness supporting society, the Knights of St. Vaclav, was established on 6 July 1873.
The Czech Catholic Church is administrated by P. J. Vacula, who serves as the parson of Saints Cyril and Methodius, which also provides a catholic school. He and one lady serve as teachers at the school and it is attended by about 50 children.
There is a public Czech School is here too, with Mr. J. Matejka as a teacher and it is attended by approximately 20-25 children.
There is no Czech National Hall here, but it has been discussed often and Narodni Jednota talks and cares most about plans to build one. National Hall, if one would be here now, would be used greatly and often because Czechs currently organize theatre performances every Sunday, and also frequent dancing balls, as well as other celebrations in different halls.
Generally we can say that number of Czechs in New York is increasing. So too are the number of Czech immigrants here and although some families leave the city for western areas, the next newcomers will again settle in the City.
Additional information about the statistics
These statistics are the first of their kind in America.”
Stay with us tomorrow as we conclude this wonderful Czech genealogy series from the 1878 annual edition of Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
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