Apr 25, 2004

Rusyn: Carpatho-Rusyn Society to mark 10th anniversary

The Carpatho-Rusyn Society will mark its 10th anniversary with a daylong conference Saturday at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center

"A Genealogy Workshop in Search of the People from Nowhere" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the history center, 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh.

On Sunday, the group will conduct a bus tour of key Rusyn sites in the Pittsburgh area, including artist Andy Warhol's boyhood home. The tour concludes with a Rusyn meal. The tour will depart from the history center at 2 p.m. and return at 6 p.m. Cost is $25. Reservations for the tour or conference must be made by calling 724-258-6916 before 7 p.m. Friday.

The Carpatho-Rusyns are an Eastern European Slavic people who emigrated to the United States from the former Austria-Hungary. Today, their homeland is divided among Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary and Romania. Areas in Washington County with large Rusyn communities, according to the society, are Canonsburg, Avella, Monongahela, Donora, Charleroi and California.