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  • Svornost -- May 16, 1878
    Northwest Side Bohemians Meeting.

    Parents wishing to send children to the newly organized Bohemian Sunday School will hold a meeting at 250 Ruker Street, on Sunday May 19th, 1878, at 9:30 A.M.

    The purpose of the school is to teach the children the Bohemian language.

    Parents wishing to send children to the newly organized Bohemian Sunday School will hold a meeting at 250 Ruker Street, on Sunday May 19th, 1878, at 9:30 A.M. The purpose ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f
  • Svornost -- May 22, 1878
    [Bohemian School Opened on North Side]

    Classes will begin study at the Bohemian School on the Northwest side this coming Sunday at 8:30 A.M. Parents having children registered for these classes will please send them on time.

    Those who wish to send their children but have not as yet registered will kindly come a little earlier.

    Thus far there are 39 boys and girls registered and among them is one girl of French parentage.

    Classes will begin study at the Bohemian School on the Northwest side this coming Sunday at 8:30 A.M. Parents having children registered for these classes will please send them on ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f
  • Svornost -- May 27, 1878
    Local News

    Classes at the Bohemian Sunday School were started yesterday morning. Fifty pupils were present. The class room is well arranged and equipped, mainly through the efforts of Mr. Vala and Mr. Husak.

    Classes at the Bohemian Sunday School were started yesterday morning. Fifty pupils were present. The class room is well arranged and equipped, mainly through the efforts of Mr. Vala and ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f
  • Svornost -- June 15, 1878
    [School Time Changed]

    The Northwest side Bohemian School will hold classes this afternoon from 3 to 5 o'clock. The reason for this change of time is the picnic to be held to-morrow by the Bohemians National Benevolent Societies and the fact that children of members of these Societies will no doubt be absent.

    Hereafter classes will be held on Sunday regardless.

    The Northwest side Bohemian School will hold classes this afternoon from 3 to 5 o'clock. The reason for this change of time is the picnic to be held to-morrow by ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f, II D 1
  • Svornost -- January 13, 1879
    [New School Started]

    Last Sunday, in Chicago, there was started a new Sunday School to teach children the Bohemian language.

    The class room was fitted out by generous minded citizens of the 6th Ward. There was an immediate enrollment of (50) fifty children. Mr. August Geringer is the teacher.

    The Northwest side Sunday School, which is under the supervision of Mr. Reisla and Mr. Volenske is progressing rapidly and has bright prospects for the future.

    Last Sunday, in Chicago, there was started a new Sunday School to teach children the Bohemian language. The class room was fitted out by generous minded citizens of the 6th ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f, III A, IV
  • Svornost -- September 01, 1879
    Bohemian American School

    Yesterday there was a great celebration on 18th Street in the 6th Ward. The occasion being the completion and delivery of the building of the Bohemian English Liberal School. The whole of our so-called Pilsen carried a holiday air. From the majority of the homes, flags of national colors were flown and the streets were unusually decorated. Here stood a temple of freedom, the work and sacrifice of Bohemian Liberals. The membership of the United Lodges of "C. S. P. S. " ( Czecho Slovak Benefit Union) have built for themselves a lasting monument by doing away with the constant moving and kicking around from place to place of the Bohemian-English Liberal School and are deserving of the thanks of every fair-minded Bohemian.

    Shortly after the noon hour the surroundings of the building began to fill with people. The building is simply but tastefully decorated. The front of the building is of red-face-brick and the windows and entrances are of richly decorated stone work. Outside the large window just above the entrance there is an iron balcony, painted in green. Above this window there are carved the initials C. S. P. S. and above them are the words "Rovnost",(Equality) "Svornost" (Harmony)"Bratrstvi" (Fraternity). Above this there is the emblem of brotherhood, two hands clasped together, also the date 1879.

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    All carved in stone. Toward three o'clock the parade of the various lodges, participating in the ceremonies arrived before the building. The band played "Kde Domov Miy". (Where is my home)? whereupon the chairman of the Bohemian-English School, Mr. Krejci addressed the gathering with a timely speech in reference to the occasion.

    The singing society"Lyra" under the direction of Mr. R. L. Pitte sang several selections. It is fitting to mention that there were 25 Lodges represented in the parade and that the streets through which the parade moved were richly decorated. The evening merriment was begun at 8 o'clock sharp with the band playing and the children of the school singing. During the evening Mr. Pitte sang several solo selections and the Misses Dusek and Heckner sang several duets.

    With the celebration as a whole everyone can be satisfied. The number of students attending this school has risen to 130 and it probably will grow much larger now, for the teacher, Mr. R. L. Pitte is not only qualified and one of the best Bohemian-American teachers, but he knows how to acquire the good will of his pupils.

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    Furthermore and most important it is up to the parents to send their children to this school, for only in that manner will its successful existence be insured and our young people be kept from straying away.

    Let this first school dedicated with the spirit of liberalism also be first in successful influence.

    Yesterday there was a great celebration on 18th Street in the 6th Ward. The occasion being the completion and delivery of the building of the Bohemian English Liberal School. The ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f, III C
  • Svornost -- October 20, 1879
    Theatrical.

    The theatrical performance and entertainment given Saturday night by the pupils of the Northwest side Sunday School in the hall of Mr. J. Bartusky, was a most successful affair. The citizens and friends of our Bohemians School Youth attended in large numbers and the efforts of the pupils surprised everyone.

    The acting of each individual was excellent, the speech was in Bohemian, which of course we would be pleased to hear in some of the larger theatres. The various acts were received with deserving applause.

    At the close of the performance dancing was in order, and the audience made merry the rest of the night.

    The theatrical performance and entertainment given Saturday night by the pupils of the Northwest side Sunday School in the hall of Mr. J. Bartusky, was a most successful affair. The ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f, II B 1 c 3
  • Svornost -- November 15, 1879
    [New Sunday School at Lime Kilns]

    In all parts of our city which are thus far inhabited largely by Bohemians, we have organized schools either daily or Sunday, which enjoy quite a large attendance of both younger and older pupils.

    One of the newest such schools is the Sunday School near the lime kilns organized about three quarters of a year ago. The attendance and progress of the pupils is gratifying and as in the schools of the Northwest side tuition is free, mostly in subjects which are not found in our public schools.

    Tonight the pupils of this school will present their first play in the Bohemian language, which is the best proof of the progress they are making. We hope and expect that everyone interested in our youth will attend this first effort of these pupils. The larger the audience the more encouragement they will receive and the greater will be the improvement of the school in general.

    In all parts of our city which are thus far inhabited largely by Bohemians, we have organized schools either daily or Sunday, which enjoy quite a large attendance of both ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f, II B 1 c 3
  • Svornost -- November 17, 1879
    Theatrical & Entertainment.

    The Theatrical given by the pupils of the Bohemian Sunday School (at the Lime Kilns) was a success in all respects. Even though it was the first time that the pupils appeared before the public, they carried on as though they had previous experience behind the foot-lights. The public attended in large numbers and the efforts of the amateurs were received with great applause, for they really surprised every one with their fine work. Besides the theatrical presentation there were a number of speeches made and some singing was offered which met with approval.

    After the performance Mr. John Pavel presented the teacher of this school with a beautiful golden ring given by the pupils in appreciation of his industrious efforts in teaching them.

    The dancing program lasted until late in the night. We trust that the school, to which we wish great success, will in the near future again venture before the public with some lengthier play.

    The Theatrical given by the pupils of the Bohemian Sunday School (at the Lime Kilns) was a success in all respects. Even though it was the first time that the ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f, II B 1 c 1
  • Svornost -- December 09, 1879
    [Bohemian School in Every Ward]

    We Chicago Bohemians may fearlessly boast that we have the greatest opportunity for the raising of our children in a nationalistic manner; for in every ward where Bohemians are settled we have some kind of Bohemian-English school, so that an opportunity is offered to all children that they may spend at least a part of their school days in such schools in order to learn the mother tongue and familiarize themselves with the principles of their nationality, remaining true members of the Bohemian community and grateful children of their parents, of whom they are in no way ashamed of, as are de-nationalized children, but loving and helping them in their old beliefs.

    The greatest advance in these schools was achieved by the patrons of the Bohemian English Independent School in the 6th ward, where with the help of the members of the "C. S. P. S. "(Czecho-Slavok Benevolent Association) they organized and erected a building in which the school proper is located on the ground level and the auditorium occupies the second floor; the profits derived from the rental of which will no doubt be of considerable aid in the maintenance of the school during the ensuing years.

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    The patrons are striving diligently to assure the success of this great undertaking and they have the support of all our countrymen who are interested in the Bohemian school. Besides that the members of the above-named lodges contribute in the form of regular quarterly dues for the maintenance of the school. Also there are special benefits from their treasures, allowed according to their means for the maintenance and sound management of the school, which are also needed. The patrons have taken advantage of the opportunity to secure for the school every privilege and the necessary income.

    For this patriotic and generous purpose the patrons are arranging for the coming week a school exhibition in the school building and judging by the preparations of the committee the affair should be a tremendous success.

    The committee has been promised plenty of support from all sides and the enterprise should be abundantly profitable for our school.

    The attention of our public is called to the exhibition, with the purpose in mind, 3that all should take every opportunity offered to give a hand towards aiding our independent school, for we all greatly depend on it. Every countryman who is in the least interested in the Bohemian education of his and other parents children, should without any hesitation on his part contribute to the success of the exhibition to the full extent of his means.

    This school has many opponents who through superstitution seek to bring about the sending of all children to parochial schools, where they are taught in church matters, to the neglect of subjects which are more or less necessities of life. This must be explained to all parents having children of school age and opportunity must be provided for them to send the children to an independent school. Now since we have such an opportunity to offer, it is necessary to cultivate, to defend and support it so that we may enjoy the benefits derived from it in the raising of our children as long as possible.

    Therefore friends of the Bohemian-English school in Chicago should get together and declare themselves, that the exhibition may be a success and a testimonial, before all other nationalities in Chicago, of our sense of nationalistic culture.

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    A successful exhibition will be an honor and benefit not only to the school but to all of our local countrymen.

    We Chicago Bohemians may fearlessly boast that we have the greatest opportunity for the raising of our children in a nationalistic manner; for in every ward where Bohemians are settled ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f, II D 1