Czech Genealogy: Here comes our newest set of exclusive English translations from Amerikán Národní Kalendář 1886
Onward To Our Past® Genealogy and History Services Company is pleased to present our newest series of exclusive translations from the fabulous Czech genealogy and history annuals of Amerikán Národní Kalendář. Our wonderful translation partner, Ms. Nina Haviernikova, of The Ohio State University in their Department of Slavic & East European Languages and Culture and their Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies, continues to provide you, the genealogy, history, and Czech fans and readers, with some of the finest translating of 1800s Czech language anywhere in the world. We are all very lucky indeed to be able to enjoy the fruits of Ms. Haviernikova’s talents.
The articles we will be offering here, from the 1886 edition of Amerikan Narodni Kalendar, took up an impressive 39, yep 39, pages when initially published! They are wonderful biographies and stories about early Czech settlements all across America as well as those of many Czech immigrants themselves.
Earlier, Onward To Our Past® provided the exclusive English translation of the 1886 Table of Contents (Obsah), which you can read simply by clicking here.
The articles we are interested in, as we said, cover 39 pages. There are 16 articles from across the United States and the first of these articles contains reports from multiple communities in multiple states. It is a wonderful rediscovery and we, here at Onward To Our Past®, with the help of our wonderful translator, Ms. Haviernikova, are extraordinarily pleased to be able to bring you the very first English translations of all these 16 articles.
So before we begin, let us take a step back in time, to 1886 and see what was happening in the United States and the world at the time of this edition of Amerikán.
Here are a few samples:
- 1886 kicked off (if you’ll pardon the pun) with the very first Tournament of Roses on January 1st.
- The United States of America flag had 38 stars.
- Karel Benz patented the first gasoline powered automobile.
- President Grover Cleveland had to declare a State of Emergency in Seattle, Washington due to anti-Chinese violence.
- Chemist, John Pemberton, began advertising for his ‘Coca-Coke’.
- Sigmund Freud opened his practice in Vienna, Austria.
- After fighting for almost 30 years, Chief Geronimo of the Apache Nation surrendered, thus ending the last major United States-Indian War.
- President Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty, which was followed by the first ever tickertape parade in New York City.
- The first ever tuxedo was worn and it took place in Tuxedo Park, New York.
- Twenty African-Americans were killed in Mississippi in the Carrollton Massacre.
- The Haymarket Riots took place.
- Charleston, South Carolina was hit with a significant earthquake that leaves some 40,000 homeless.
- America was in the later years of The Gilded Age.
- A massive hurricane completely destroys the town of Indianola, Texas (now nothing but a ghost town).
So as you can see, it was a bit of a mixed time in America and our Czech immigrants experienced no less than a good dose of that mixture. Some success, some failure, some acceptance, and some prejudice and rejection.
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Tomorrow we begin with the first translation with “Ze zkušeností Čechů Amerických” by F. B. Zdrůbek so stay right here with us at Onward To Our Past®.
But they persevered and took the time to provide their stories to the editors of the wonderful editions of Amerikán Národní Kalendář and for this we are all the richer.
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