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  • Rovnost Ludu -- July 15, 1907
    "Slovak Freedom" Has Outing

    Sunday, June 30th, at Atlas Park, the Slovak had the biggest attendance at a picnic in Chicago's history. The affair was sponsored by U. S. S. number 531. Being the first affair ever given by this organization, is all the more reason why it was such a huge success. Although not numbering over two hundred and fifty members at present, this society is rapidly gaining in numbers.

    Sunday, June 30th, at Atlas Park, the Slovak had the biggest attendance at a picnic in Chicago's history. The affair was sponsored by U. S. S. number 531. Being the ...

    Slovak
    II B 1 c 3, I E
  • Rovnost Ludu -- April 06, 1910
    Dr. M. Stefanik in Chicago.

    Last week the Chicago Slovaks had as their guest Dr. M. Stefanik, an Astronomer who was sent by a French Committee to make a study of several comets.

    On his way to San Francisco, he stopped here and was tendered a banquet which was attended by five hundred people.

    Last week the Chicago Slovaks had as their guest Dr. M. Stefanik, an Astronomer who was sent by a French Committee to make a study of several comets. On his ...

    Slovak
    II B 1 c 3
  • Rovnost Ludu -- June 08, 1910
    Twenty Year Jubilee of the National Slovak Society

    A beautiful program was given by the Slovaks of Chicago, members of the National Society on June 5th with more than five thousand Slovaks attending and this is not including the Catholics or other religious Slovaks.

    The affair took place in Pilsen Hall and was attended by various officials of the organization who all gave their views about the welfare of the society.

    A beautiful program was given by the Slovaks of Chicago, members of the National Society on June 5th with more than five thousand Slovaks attending and this is not including ...

    Slovak
    II B 1 c 3, III B 2
  • Rovnost Ludu -- August 16, 1911
    [School Picnic]

    On this coming Sunday, August 20th, a picnic will be sponsored by the Associated School Societies of Chicago in behalf of the National Slovak School. The profits of this affair will be used towards this worthy cause.

    The picnic will be held in Spachman's Gardens.

    Admission-10¢ per person.

    On this coming Sunday, August 20th, a picnic will be sponsored by the Associated School Societies of Chicago in behalf of the National Slovak School. The profits of this affair ...

    Slovak
    II B 1 c 3, II B 2 f, III A
  • Rovnost Ludu -- September 13, 1911
    [Novel Entertainment Planned]

    Our Slovak Socialist Local No. 2 "Rovnost" of Chicago is taking it into their hands to keep up the tradition of this organization to present always different forms of entertainment such as, dramas, picnics, dances and good speakers. So on this Sunday September 17th, at Dufka's Gardens which are located on 21st and California Avenue, a new form of entertainment will start.

    The grove will be fixed like a real vineyard with grapes all around. The patron may take all he wants providing the guard does not see him.

    Our Slovak Socialist Local No. 2 "Rovnost" of Chicago is taking it into their hands to keep up the tradition of this organization to present always different forms of entertainment ...

    Slovak
    I E, II B 1 c 3
  • Rovnost Ludu -- January 17, 1912
    Banquet

    Members of the 1st Slovak Socialist Branch ended the old year with a banquet. The lodge hall was filled to capacity. The first thing on the program was the supper; after that a performance which was very satisfactory and then the red flag was raised. After the ceremonies, Mr. Slavik spoke about the hardships of the workingman, about socialist not being able to let down on account of the presidential elections, to fight for his rights and to show his strength at the polls. After the speaker, a humorist was presented who amused the throng. In conclusion there were fifty calendars distributed among the audience.

    Members of the 1st Slovak Socialist Branch ended the old year with a banquet. The lodge hall was filled to capacity. The first thing on the program was the supper; ...

    Slovak
    II B 1 c 3
  • Rovnost Ludu -- June 26, 1912
    [Big Outing Planned] (Advertisement)

    A big outing is to be sponsored by the National Slovak Committee on July 14th, 1912, at the Calumet Grove in Blue Island, Illinois to which all the Slovaks in Chicago and suburbs are welcome to attend.

    The affair starts at 8 A.M. Music furnished by P. S. Sokol.

    Admission is 25¢, children free.

    A big outing is to be sponsored by the National Slovak Committee on July 14th, 1912, at the Calumet Grove in Blue Island, Illinois to which all the Slovaks in ...

    Slovak
    II B 1 c 3, III B 2
  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 28, 1918
    Slovak Bazaar

    The Slovak Bazaar was arranged to create funds for the furthering of the independence of Slovak lands. The first day of this affair showed that the Slovaks, our brothers, have fully grasped their national duties, and that unceasing efforts are needed if they hope to achieve--with the Czechs--what they are longing for, i. e., national independence. The Bazaar is being held at the Pilsen Brewery Park, 26th Street and Albany Avenue. Many Slovak men and women visited it on the first day, yesterday. It is to be hoped that the Czechs will also flock there in large numbers, thus supporting the cause of the Slovaks and our own as well.

    The arrangements committee has done good preparatory work. There are twenty-one tents at which many objects, most of which have been donated, are being sold. The buying was brisk, and the "Golden Book" was given frequent attention. Most of the donations for the "Golden Book" are small, but there are many of them, so that the collection yielded seventy dollars the first day. The gross return 2for the whole bazaar on the first day amounted to five thousand dollars. The contest for the honor of becoming "Queen" of the bazaar attracted liveliest interest.

    The Slovak Bazaar was arranged to create funds for the furthering of the independence of Slovak lands. The first day of this affair showed that the Slovaks, our brothers, have ...

    Slovak
    II B 1 c 3, III H, I G
  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 31, 1918
    Slovak Bazaar (Summary)

    Anyone who pays a visit to the pavilion in the Pilsen Brewery Park where the Slovak Bazaar is being held will hardly recognize the hall which is so familiar to most of us. The interior of the pavilion has undergone such a change that it looks almost as if it had been touched by a magic wand. It has been transformed into a colorful array of picturesque stands which lure the gaze with a wealth of desirable objects.....Smiling crowds are constantly milling through the hall. The mellow Slovak language predominates.

    This Bazaar is the largest enterprise upon which the Chicago-Slovak colony has yet ventured. Those who knew our Slovak brothers' willingness to sacrifice were certain that the Slovaks would not fail.....

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    ...Anyone may try his good luck on one of the many wheels and win the beautiful prizes on display, consisting mostly of handwork, such as embroidery and woodcuts, which constitute the mainstay of Slovak home industry in the old country.

    There are twenty Chicago Slovak organizations represented. Each conducts business in its own tent....Service is supplied in the best way imaginable. Everyone is doing his utmost to help the most worthy of causes, the liberation of the land at the foot of the Tatra mountains from the Hapsburg's cruel reign.

    There is a cabaret similar to the one we had at the bazaar of the Czech National Alliance. It is one of the chief attractions and is connected with a delicatessen and refreshment counter which has been appropriately named "At Merry Annie's". All girls and married women wear native Slovak costumes.....The contest for the title "Queen of the Bazaar" is one of 3the main centers of interest.....

    Besides Slovak organizations, there are individuals, and particularly businessmen, who work assiduously for the success of the Bazaar. Mr. Kubicek gave a building lot which will be raffled. It is located in Norwood Park and is valued at four hundred dollars. A gorgeous player piano was donated by the Tatranska Jednota (Tatra[mountains] Union).....

    Sokol and singing associations furnished the largest contingent of visitors yesterday. Catholic Slovak societies will gather in great numbers at the Bazaar today.....A mighty crowd of visitors is expected to throng the bazaar next Saturday, which has been designated as "Allies' Day". It is presumed that large delegations will appear on this day to represent the nations which are in the combat against the enemy of democracy and humanity. Authorities have promised that on that day the Marine Band from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station will be permitted to play at the Bazaar. The latter will close on Sunday with a masked ball.

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    This Slovak enterprise enjoys the favor of the metropolitan press, which sent a number of photographers who took pictures of the colorful scenes.

    The Czechs of Chicago should be the first to take a lively interest in this enterprise and so pay off in part at least, the debt they owe their brothers, the Slovaks. We regret to admit, however, that Czech attendance on the first Bazaar day was scant.

    The great wealth of embroidery exhibited at the Bazaar deserves special mention. A truly splendid piece of work of this kind is one showing the likeness of President Wilson. It is the product of the skill of Mrs. Mary Matusek, a resident of Pullman, Illinois. It is not for sale, because at the close of the Bazaar it is to be sent to the President as a token of the deep reverence which the Chicago Slovak colony harbors for the man who declared himself to be a protagonist of freedom for all small nations, regardless of their size. This is going to be a gift befitting the occasion 5and will, doubtless, be accepted with gratitude.

    Anyone who pays a visit to the pavilion in the Pilsen Brewery Park where the Slovak Bazaar is being held will hardly recognize the hall which is so familiar to ...

    Slovak
    II B 1 c 3, II A 3 a, III H, I G
  • Denní Hlasatel -- February 04, 1918
    Last Day of Slovak Bazaar (Summary)

    Yesterday was the last day of the bazaar conducted by our brothers, the Slovaks. It fulfilled its double purpose, i. e., to provide additional funds for the prosecution of the Czechoslovak aim, which is the liberation of the old homeland, and to encourage the Slovaks in their efforts. After the gigantic success which the Czechs had achieved with their bazaar, the Slovaks, also realized that something should be done to get us all together, to learn still better how to grasp our common purposes, and to make a mutual promise to do all in our power to arrive at the goal.

    From the time of the opening of the bazaar, large crowds thronged to the exposition.....

    The only note which marred the picture was the small attendance on the part of 2the Czechs. This should serve as a lesson for us in the future.

    The Marine Band from the great Lakes Naval Training Station, which played last Saturday, proved to be a great attraction. John Philip Sousa himself conducted.

    The contest for the title of "Bazaar Queen" also drew the interest of the crowd to a large degree. Mrs. Matusek won with 90,960 votes.....

    The Golden Book yielded approximately $370. The preliminary accounting shows gross receipts of $28,000.

    Yesterday was the last day of the bazaar conducted by our brothers, the Slovaks. It fulfilled its double purpose, i. e., to provide additional funds for the prosecution of the ...

    Slovak
    II B 1 c 3, III H