Czech Genealogy: Getting prepared for a huge, new 1894 Amerikán Národní Kalendář translation
As we approach the season (at least in the United States) of Thanksgiving we, at Onward To Our Past® Genealogy & History Services Company, have something very special to be thankful for and the best news is we are going to be sharing it with you right here over the next several days!
A new translation partner for us, Ms. Katka Tomcova, has just completed a huge translation from the 1894 edition of the Czech-America annual Amerikán Národní Kalendář. I am most impressed by the fact Katka had this to say regarding this translation:
“I tried to keep the narrative style of the speakers. I also might have used a few archaic words or expressions, but I was always trying to get closer to the atmosphere of the times.”
What more could we ask for?
This newest of our article translations is titled “The Memoirs of Czech Settlers in America” (Paměti českých osadníků v Americe), ran for 8 pages, and holds the subtitle of “A report on the first settling activities of our fellow countrymen and the situation in Czech colonies”. This one is going to be enjoyed by anyone who loves Czech genealogy, culture, and history.
In the meantime, we would like to provide you with a look at some of what was going on in the world and the United States back in 1894 at the time this article was written. So here we go!
Grover Cleveland was the US President
The first ever college basketball game was played in Chicago, Illinois
The last government of Gladstone resigned in the United Kingdom
The May Day Riots broke out in Cleveland, Ohio
The Pullman Strike occurred in Illinois
Hershey chocolate was sold for the first time
Montreal won the first ever Stanley Cup
The first bottle of Coca Cola was sold
Death duties were first introduced in the United Kingdom
Daniel Cooper patented the time clock
Nicholas II became Tsar of Russia
The first ever moving picture was copywriter by Thomas Edison and it was a 5 second movie of Fred Ott sneezing.
The Great Hinckley (MN) fire took place and killed an estimated 450
The effects of The Panic of 1893 were still being felt as 15,000 companies, over 500 banks failed, and unemployment rose as high as 25% in Pennsylvania, 35% in New York, and 43% in Michigan
A new world shorthand record was set of 250 words for 10 minutes in Dublin, Ireland
The United States and China signed a treaty forbidding any additional Chinese workers from entering the United States
Karl Benz obtained the first U.S. patent for a gas-driven automobile
The United States Congress established the Bureau of Immigration
The Hottentotten Uprising in Southwest-Africa fails
A London taxi driver, George Smith, was the first driver ever fined for drunken driving
So there you have a tiny snapshot of the word in 1894.
Now you can get ready to enjoy hearing, in their own words, what Czech immigrants were doing across the United States at that same time in history.
Onward To Our Past®