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Eastern Europeans

See also: Eastern European Food & Cooking


  • Carpathian Music Ensemble
    The University of Pittsburgh's Carpathian Music Ensemble, founded and directed by Professor of Ethnomusicology Adriana Helbig, plays traditional music from Eastern Europe (Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland, and the Balkans).
  • Duquesne University Tamburitzans
    America's longest-running multicultural song and dance company, the Duquesne University Tamburitzans is a unique ensemble of talented young folk artists dedicated to the performance and preservation of the music, songs, and dances of Eastern Europe and other related folk cultures. You can also audition for the group if you are a high school senior or college undergraduate.
  • Kennywood Nationality Days
    Each summer Kennywood amusement park celebrates the heritage of Pittsburgh ethnic groups with special days for Carpatho-Russians, Serbians, Slovaks, Slovenians, Poles, Hungarians, and Croatians.


  • Bulgarian-Macedonian National Educational & Cultural Center
    a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, perpetuate and present the rich cultural heritage of the Bulgarian and Macedonian people through exhibits and displays, educational programs for children and adults, and the presentation of cultural programs including performances with the Bulgarian Folk Dance Ensemble "Otets Paissiy" and the Bitov Bulgarian Folk Orchestra.
    • "Bulgarian Rhapsody"
      An article in the May 20, 1998 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the Bulgaro-Macedonian Beneficial Association (BMBA -- now the Bulgarian-Macedonian National Educational & Cultural Center) of West Homestead and their vecherinka, or evening dance held about once a month on Saturday. Includes information about Bulgarian/Macedonians in Pittsburgh.
  • Balkanfolk
    Folk Music & Dance workshop, Catalogue, Events, E-shop. Touch and feel the spirit of the Balkan arts - Folklore Workshop, music, dancing, singing. Folk and orthodox CDs, Costumes, Gifts, Instuments e-Shop, Free MP3 examples, Bulgarian and Balkan Folk Groups Catalogue.


  • Carpatho-Rusyn Society
    Works to educate Rusyns and non-Rusyns about Rusyn culture and history, and to support the development of Rusyn culture on both sides of the Atlantic. For the Cleveland and Pittsburgh areas
  • Slavjane Folk Ensemble
    Representing the Slavic heritage and culture, especially that of the Carpatho-Rusyn region. Slavjane makes its home at the Holy Ghost Church in McKees Rocks, PA and is co-sponsored by the Greek Catholic Union of America (GCU), a Carpatho-Rusyn Fraternal Organization.



United States

  • American Hungarian Folklore Centrum
    The American Hungarian Folklore Centrum [AHFC] is a non profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of Hungarian folklore through the private and scholarly life of North America.
  • Hungarian Anti-Defamation League
    HAL is to promote understanding between Hungarians while emphasizing our common cultural heritage and also, making Hungarian culture better known for non-Hungarians.




Pittsburgh Region

  • Pittsburgh Polishfest
    The November Pittsburgh Polishfest is an annual family-oriented "free to the public" celebration of Polish Music, Christmas Karaoke Carols, Dance, Religion, Ethnic Foods, Folk Arts & Crafts, Cooking Demonstrations, Children's Craft Area And Holiday Gift Mart. The University Of Pittsburgh Cathedral Of Learning, Commons Room, 5th Avenue & Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh (Oakland), Pa. Proceeds To Benefit The University Of Pittsburgh Polish Room Scholarship Fund. For More Information Contact 412-231-1493.
  • Alliance College Polish Collection at the University of Pittsburgh
    Alliance College was founded "to provide opportunities for Americans of Polish descent to learn about the mother country, its culture, history, and language." It was closed in 1987 and its library's Polish Collection was given to the University of Pittsburgh which has a longstanding commitment to the area of East European Studies.
  • Cracow Creche Workshop
    Based in Pittsburgh, The Cracow Creche Workshop™, is an educational endeavor established in 2003 to promote the appreciation of the Cracow Szopka (commonly called a crèche) from Poland. They offer workshops on building Szopki and also offer a holiday tour to Poland.
  • The Poles of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania
    An article on the history of Poles in this region from the Polish Genealogical Society of America.
  • Polish Cultural Council
    The Polish Cultural Council's mission is to showcase the best in the Polish arts and sciences and promote unity among the region's Polish-American community. It conducts regular weekly 2-hour classes of Polish language, starting the first week of September and ending in May.
  • Polish Falcons of America
    A fraternal benefit society and physical fitness organization for Polish Americans.

United States

  • The Kosciuszko Foundation
    A national not-for-profit, nonpartisan, and nonsectarian organization, founded in 1925 and dedicated to promoting educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland and to increasing American understanding of Polish culture and history. There is a chapter in Pittsburgh.
  • Polonia Today
    Based in Chicago, Polonia Today is the world's most-read Polish American newsmagazine in the English language with subscribers around the globe.
  • The Polish American Journal
    the nation's largest, independent English-language newspaper dedicated to the concerns of Americans of Polish descent.



  • Serb National Federation
    a fraternal benefit society offering a variety of products, programs, and services to the members of the federation, including a scholarship program.
  • Serbian History 101 with Baba Mim
    Milana ("Mim") Karlo Bizic of Moon, a former librarian in the Quaker Valley School District, maintains this site on Serbian history and customs.



United States

  • National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
    Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this is the foremost institution in the United States that preserves and interprets Czech and Slovak history and culture through its artifact and library collections, exhibits, and public programs.
  • Slovak-American International Cultural Foundation, Inc.
    Based in Illinois, the Slovak American Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt educational and charitable corporation whose mission is to showcase the literary, artistic, and scholarly contributions of Slovaks and Slovak-Americans to the world and to provide assistance, especially in the areas of scholarship and art, to Slovakia and to Slovak-American institutions.


  • Slovenska Narodna Podporna Jednota (Slovene National Benefit Society)
    Slovene National Benefit Society was founded in 1904 to offer affordable life insurance to Slovenian immigrants. Now open to people of all backgrounds, SNPJ continues to offer a full package of social, athletic and cultural opportunities, along with college scholarships, community service projects and much more. Located in Imperial, PA.
  • SNPJ Slovenian Heritage Center
    The SNPJ Slovenian Heritage Center showcases authentic Slovenian costumes, household items, artwork and crafts. Located one hour northwest of Pittsburgh at the SNPJ Recreation Center in the Borough of SNPJ (Enon Valley), Pa., the Slovenian Heritage Center is dedicated to maintaining and promoting the Slovenian culture here in the United States.



  • Pittsburgh Ukrainians
    A place to meet the Ukrainian community in the Pittsburgh area. Information about various Ukrainian organizations, a schedule of events, and contact information is available.
    • Ridna Shkola of Pittsburgh
      School of Ukrainian Studies
    • Poltava Ukrainian Dance Company
      For thirty years, Poltava Ukrainian Dance Company has been a vital part of the Ukrainian community in Western Pennsylvania and the tri-state area, providing the youth of the Ukrainian community an opportunity to experience their Ukrainian heritage and to presenting this rich heritage to the general public.
  • Ukrainian Selfreliance of Western Pennsylvania Federal Credit Union
    a co-operative, not-for-profit and member owned financial institution serving the Ukrainian American community of Western Pennsylvania.

United States

  • BRAMA - Gateway Ukraine
    English and Ukrainian versions. Searchable directory of Ukrainian resources from Ukraine and the Diaspora, many American Ukrainian associations. Check out What's New for festivals and exhibits.
  • Ukrainian Museum
    Located in New York City, the Museum concerns itself with the Ukrainian experience, past and present. The Museum's holdings of Ukrainian folk art include one of the most important documented collections outside of Ukraine.