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Slovene Americans or Slovenian Americans are Americans of full or partial Slovene or Slovenian ancestry. Slovenes mostly immigrated to America during the Slovene mass emigration period from the 1880s to World War I.
- 1 History
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Fraternal, Benevolent, Social, and Cultural organizations
- 4 Slovene Churches and Choirs in the United States
- 5 Slovene Schools in the United States
- 6 Slovene Folkloric Dance Groups in the United States
- 7 Slovene Athletic Clubs in the United States
- 8 Media
- 9 Notable people
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The first Slovenes in the United States were missionary priests. Two of the earliest such missionaries were Fr. Anton Kappus and Fr. Frederick Baraga (Gobetz, 2009). In the 1730s some Slovenes settled in small farming communities in Georgia. There were a few Slovene soldiers who fought in the American Revolution. Slovene priests built some of the first churches and schools in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and neighboring parts of Canada. Many of these early immigrants were bilingual Slovene-German speakers (Shipman, 1912). Until the 1880s there was a small number of Slovene immigrants to the United States.
Between 1880 and World War I, the largest numbers of Slovenes immigrated to America. Most of these came between 1905 and 1913, although the exact number is impossible to determine because Slovenes were often classified as Austrians, Italians, Croats, or under other, broader labels, such as Slavonic or Slavic. These later arrivals migrated to the industrial cities or to mining towns in the Upper Midwest, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Two later periods of increased immigration to the United States were the years immediately after World War I (1919–1923) and World War II (1949–1956) (Susel, 1980). Most Slovene immigrants to the United States were of the Catholic faith; however, a minority practiced the Lutheran faith (Susel, 1980). The Cleveland metropolitan area is home to the largest population of Slovenians in the world outside of Slovenia.
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Pueblo, Colorado
- Johnstown, Pennsylvania
- Chicago, Illinois
- Joliet, Illinois
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Eveleth, Minnesota
The Slovene population in the United States has been historically concentrated in the Great Lakes and Northeastern United States including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota; as well as Colorado. According to the 2000 census, the five states with the largest Slovene populations were:
These five states are followed, in descending order, by Colorado, Michigan, Florida, New York, Texas, Indiana, Washington, Kansas, Maryland, West Virginia and Utah, again according to the 2000 census. The state with the smallest Slovene American population is North Dakota (107). There is no American state without Slovene descendants among its population.
The 1910 census reported 183,431 persons of Slovene mother tongue, 123,631 "foreign-born" and 59,800 born in America. These numbers are clearly an underestimate of the actual Slovene population since descendants of earlier settlers often no longer knew Slovene. In the 2000 US Census, 176,691 Americans declared that they were of Slovene origin (of those, 738 have attained a Ph.D.). Some Slovenes coming from the Austro-Hungarian Empire avoided anti-Slavic prejudice by identifying themselves as Austrians. Many others were recorded as Slav, Slavic, Slavish, or Slavonian. The true number of Americans of Slovene descent is probably between 200,000 and 300,000; if persons with only one-quarter or one-eighth Slovene ancestry are counted, the number could be as high as 500,000.
Fraternal, Benevolent, Social, and Cultural organizations
A number of fraternal organizations, benevolent societies, social groups, and cultural organizations have been founded by Slovene immigrants and their descendents in the United States. These organizations allowed members to preserve old traditions as well as to provide insurance against illness and death. This was especially important because other insurance companies at the time discriminated against immigrants or in some cases defrauded them. A number of mergers and name changes took place during the 20th Century, so the history of Slovene fraternalism in the United States is difficult to trace. The major extant Slovene fraternal, benevolent, and cultural organizations in the United States are:
- Jugoslovenska katoliška jednota (South Slavic Catholic Union), founded in Ely, MN in 1898, became American Fraternal Union (AFU) in 1941.
- Kranjsko-slovenska katoliška jednota, (Carnolan Slovene Catholic Union) founded in Joliet in 1894, became the Ameriško-slovenska katoliška jednota or American Slovenian Catholic Union (KSKJ).
- Slovenska narodna podporna jednota, founded in Chicago in 1904, became Slovene National Benefit Society (SNPJ).
- Zahodna slovanska veza, founded in 1908, became Western Slavonic Association (WSA).
- Indianapolis Slovenian National Home, founded in 1918.
- Slovenska dobrodelna zveza (Slovenian Mutual Benefit Association), founded in Cleveland in 1910; became American Mutual Life Association (AMLA) in 1966.
- Slovenski Narodni Dom (Slovenian National Home), Cleveland; founded in 1914.
- Napredne Slovenke Amerike (Progressive Slovene Women of America) (PSWA), founded in 1934.
- Slovenska ženska zveza Amerike, founded in Chicago in 1926, became Slovenian Women's Union of America (SWUA), and then Slovenian Union of America (SUA).
- Slovenian Catholic Center, also known as Slovenian Cultural Center, Lemont, IL
- Slovenian Cultural Society Triglav, Norway, WI; founded in 1952.
- National Cleveland-style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland
- American Slovenian Club of Fairport Harbor, Fairport Harbor, OH
- Slovene Home for the Aged, Cleveland
- Slovenian Museum and Archives, Cleveland
- Slovenska Pristava, Harpersfield, OH; Slovenian Catholic recreation and retreat center
- Slovenian National Home, Chisholm, MN (closed)
For a longer discussion of the history of Slovene fraternalism in the United States, see the following article: Fraternal Benefit Societies and Slovene Immigrants in the USA.
The Slovenian Genealogy Society, International  helps members trace their Slovene roots.
Slovene Churches and Choirs in the United States
- St. Vitus's Church, Cleveland, congregation founded in 1894, building constructed in 1932; home of the Slovenian Choir 'LIRA' founded by Monsignor Ponikvar in 1925.
- St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Cleveland; home of the Slovenian Choir 'Iliirija'.
- St. Cyril Roman Catholic Church, New York (East Village, Manhattan); founded in 1914.
- Slovenian Catholic Mission-Slovensko Versko Središče, Lemont, IL
- Slovenian Chapel of Our Lady of Brezje, in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC; a Slovenian National Marian Shrine founded in 1971.
- Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Fairfield, CT
- The Singing Slovenes, Duluth, MN; founded in 1980.
- Ely Slovenian Chorus, Ely, MN; founded in 1969 by Mary Hutar, final performance in 2009.
- Fantye na vasi (Boys from the Village), Cleveland; men's a cappella choir founded in 1977.
- Zarja Singing Society, Cleveland; Founded in 1916.
- St. Vitus Youth Choir, Cleveland
Slovene Schools in the United States
- St. Vitus Child Slovenian Language School, Cleveland
- St. Mary Slovenian Language School, Cleveland
- Slomškova slovenska šola / Slomšek Slovenian School, Lemont, IL
Slovene Folkloric Dance Groups in the United States
Slovene Athletic Clubs in the United States
The first newspaper established by Slovene Americans was Amerikanski Slovenec (American Slovene), which was published in Chicago beginning in 1891 and had a pioneer role of unifying Slovene Americans. The following list includes current and former Slovene American publications.
- Prosveta (The Enlightenment), newspaper of the SNPJ-Slovene National Benefit Society
- Glas Adz (Our Voice), is published semi-monthly by American Mutual Life Association
- Amerikanski Slovenec (American Slovene), official publication of the American Slovenian Catholic Union, Chicago, Cleveland, Tower, MN, Joliet, IL
- Ameriska Domovina (American Home), Cleveland; title varies: Nova Domovina, Clevelandska Amerika
- Bodocnost (The Future), Milwaukee; Weekly
- Clevelandska Amerika (Cleveland's America), Cleveland; Semi-weekly
- Coloradske Novice (Colorado News), Pueblo, CO; Weekly.
- Coloradsko Solnce (Colorado Sun), Denver, CO. Weekly.
- Delavec (Worker), Detroit, MI (also published in Chicago, IL, and Milwaukee, WI). Weekly.
- Delavska Slovenija, (Workingmen's Slovenia), Milwaukee; Weekly.
- Edinost (Unity), Chicago; title changes to Amerikanski Slovenec in 1925
- Edinost (Unity), Pittsburgh; Weekly.
- Enakopravnost (Equality), Cleveland; Daily.
- Glas Naroda (The People's Voice), New York; Three times a week.
- Glas Svobode (The Voice of Liberty), Chicago; Weekly.
- Glas Svobode (The Voice of Liberty), Pueblo, CO; Weekly.
- Glasilo K.S.K. Jednote (The Voice of K.S.K. Union), Chicago; Weekly.
- Glasilo SNPJ (The Voice of SNPJ), organ of the Slovene National Benefit Society, superseded by Prosveta, Chicago; Monthly, weekly.
- Glasnik (The Herald), previously titled Glasnik od Gorenjega Jezera, Calumet, MI; Weekly.
- Jugoslovenski Gospodar (Yugoslav Proprietor), Chicago; Semi-monthly.
- Jugoslovenski Obzor (Jugoslav Observer), Milwaukee; Weekly.
- Komar (Mosquito), New York; Semi-monthly
- Mir (Peace), Pueblo, CO; Weekly.
- Moskito (Mosquito), Cleveland; Weekly.
- Napredek (Progress), Cleveland; Weekly.
- Naprej (Forward), Pittsburgh; Semi-monthly.
- Narod (The People), Pittsburgh; Weekly.
- Narodna Beseda (National Word), Cleveland; Monthly.
- Narodni Vestnik (National Herald), Duluth, MN. Weekly.
- Nas Dom (Our Home), New York; Weekly.
- New Era (previously Nova Doba), Cleveland; Bi-weekly.
- Nova Domovina (New Homeland), Cleveland; Weekly, Semi-weekly, Daily.
- Proletarec (The Proletarian), Chicago; Weekly, Monthly.
- Pueblske Novice (Pueblo News), Pueblo, CO; Monthly.
- Resnica (The Truth), Houghton, MI; Irregular.
- Slebodni Orel (Free Eagle), New York; Weekly.
- Sloga (Unity), Cleveland; Weekly.
- Slovan (The Slav), Pueblo, CO; Monthly.
- Slovenija (Slovenia), Milwaukee; Weekly.
- Slovenske Novice (Slovenian News), successor to Glasnik, Calumet, MI; Weekly.
- Slovenski Narod (The Slovenian People), title varies: Slovenski Narod v Ameriki, New York; previously published in Pueblo, CO; Daily, Weekly, Semi-weekly.
- Slovenski Svet (Slovenian World), Washington, DC; Weekly.
- Slovensko-Hrvatske Novine (Slovenian-Croatian News), Calumet, MI; Weekly.
- Svoboda (Liberty), Chicago; Weekly.
- Vestnik (The Herald), title varies Vestnik in Nas Dom, Milwaukee; Weekly.
- Zora (The Dawn), Chicago; Weekly.
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- Slovenian Americans, www.everyculture.com
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- "A Brief History of WSA Fraternal Life". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
- "Slovenian Kurentovanje winter carnival, language school dinner at St. Vitus, set for weekend on Cleveland's East Side". cleveland.com. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
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- Gobetz, E. 2009. Selected Slovenian Trailblazers in America. Slovenian American Times. Vol. 1. Issue 5, Page 12. 23 March 2009.
- Shipman, A. 1912. The Slavs in America. In: The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
- Susel, R.M. 1980. Slovenes. pp. 939–942 in: Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups.