We have an amazing new exclusive starting for you today!  I know we tend to use more than a few superlatives in our work at bringing you the world’s only English translations of the vast majority of articles available today from the Czech-American annual journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář, but today these words of praise are even more highly deserved!

First, let us tell you we are about to go back, way back, 138 years, to 1878 and Volume I.  Yes, the very first edition of Amerikán Národní Kalendář!

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Just a short while ago we published our History Primer for the year 1878 to bring you a brief look at the happenings and issues in the world of our ancestors during that year.  If you missed our 1878 History Primer just click here and you can read it!

Then we brought you the English translation of the 1878 Obsah, or Table of Contents, for the 1878 edition of Amerikán Národní Kalendář.  However, as we so often find with the extant editions of Amerikán Národní Kalendář, the copy was incomplete and in very poor condition.  Plus the Table of Contents itself was gone!  Undeterred we went page by page to find each article title and compile them into a de facto Table of Contents.  If you missed this translation, you can click here to read it now.

In addition to our history primer and Table of Contents for 1878, we have also already translated Cleveland and its Czechs, which you can read by clicking here.  We also have translated  Brief Statistics from Czech Settlers Across America, which you can read here as well.  While each of these four items have been great additions to our work for Czech genealogy, ancestry, culture, and history, this one coming up might just top all four!

Our translation today is a wonderful one for anyone seeking to better understand our early Czech ancestry and ancestors in the United States.  As you know, in general, Czechs have long admired, and at times adored, their writers.  You can read our opinion on this by clicking here for our story on the power and influence of Czech writers, authors, and newspapermen for Czechs and Czech-Americans.

We continue in this same vein today.  This article is a bit out of the ordinary in that while it contains biographies, it is not biographies of the ‘regular folks’ we tend to find within the pages of Amerikan Národní Kalendar.  This article contains the biographies of the early “American Czechoslavs” (a term the editors employ often in their writing) in the United States.

Before we get to our article, we would be remiss if we did not offer a posthumous thank you to the man who started it all, August Geringer, the publisher of Amerikán Národní Kalendář!

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The actually title of the article is “Biographies of Czech Editors in America. Ladimír Klácel, Karel Jonáš, Václav Šnajdr, Lev J. Palda, Jan Rosický, Jan Milstín Bárta Letovský, Frant. Boleslav Zdrůbek, Gustav Bedřich Reišl, and J. V. Čapek”.  It was originally published on pages 118 to 127.  A whooping ten pages of not only biographies of these editors, but also descriptions of their publications!

It is a wonderful set of stories, but also a fabulous resource for learning where Czech-American newspapers and periodicals were published, when, and what their names were.  It is an amazing repository for leads to research for articles in publications focused on areas your ancestors might have settled or lived!

To top this article off, our amazing translation team members of Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce and Layne Pierce caught something additional of significant importance to this article and our work in general.

Their discovery was the fact there was an unlisted introduction of sorts to this article.  The editor had decided to add a list of all of the American Czechoslav periodicals being published at that time in 1878!  So Mila and Layne included it in our translation!  How lucky can we be?  VERY!

So here we go…the beginning of our wonderful article, which highlights 13 periodicals!  ENJOY!

Amerikán Národní Kalendář

VOLUME: I, YEAR: 1878, Pages 118-127

Published by August Geringer, Chicago, Illinois

Translated by Layne Pierce and Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce

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“The Biographies of Czech Editors in America”

“We American Czechoslavs can brag about having plenty of our own periodicals; good ones, which most of the time, serve the people in our ethnic group with all their strength.

Nowadays we can count two dailies which are:

  1. “Solidarity” [Svornost] in Chicago, edited by Mr. Fr. B. Zdrůbek, published by Mr. A. Geringer and founded on the 8th of October 1875.
  2. “New York Journal” [New Yorkské Listy] in New York, published by J. V. Čapek, founded on the 21st of May, 1877.

We have one tri-weekly which is:

  1. “The Workers Journal”, [Dělnické Listy] in Cleveland, published by a company and edited by L. J. Palda.  It is also published as a weekly paper, for those outside of Cleveland.

Weeklies are:

  1. Slavie”, founded in 1860 and edited by Karel Jonáš in Racine, Wis.
  2. “American Slav” [Slovan Americký] founded in 1869 in Iowa, City, Iowa, and edited by J. Bárta Letovský, Jr.
  3. “Progress of the West” [Pokrok Západu] founded in 1870 in Omaha and published as well as edited nowadays by J. Rosický.
  4. “The Voice” [Hlas], the Catholic periodical published in St. Louis by the Czech Catholic Literary Society. The editor is not named.
  5. “The Chicago Gazette” [Chicagský Věstník] founded in 1873 in Chicago, published by Mr. J. Langmayer, the editor is not mentioned.
  6. “The American” [Amerikán], the big weekly founded along with Solidarity [Svornost] in Chicago under the editorship of Mr. Fr. B. Zdrůbek in 1875.
  7. “The Spirit of the Time” [Duch Času], the illustrated Free-Thinking weekly, with amusing content, founded in 1877 and published by the print shop of “Solidarity” [Svornost].
  8. “The Morning Star of the New Ages” [Dennice Novověku] the weekly for the promotion of Free-Thinking Principles, founded after the bankruptcy of “Progress” [Pokrok] in Cleveland, O. on the day of the 1st of October 1877.  The publisher is Mr. Fr. Kořízek and the editor is Mr. V. Šnajdr.


  1. “The Voice of the Free-Thinking Association” [Hlas Jednoty Svobodomyslných], the Free-Thinking periodical founded in 1872, published Mr. Lad. Klácel in Milwaukee.
  2. “The Mother of Freedom” [Matice Svodody], published by Mr. Fr. B. Zdrůbek (previously in Omaha, now in Chicago); as of the New Year 1878 it will once again come out regularly every month.


Tomorrow we continue and bring you our first editor biography, only here from

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A Genealogical Historian, who is focused on family history and genealogy of the highest quality, but with a dose of fun. Avid about documentation and evidence. Loves helping folks of all levels in their genealogy pursuits, especially in the areas of Bohemia, Czech Republic, Italy, Cornwall, Kent, United Kingdom, U.S. Immigration and Cleveland, Ohio.

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