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Slavic Village began as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, a parcel of land surveyed and populated with East Coast residents seeking adventure and fortune in the 19th century. As industry came to the Cuyahoga River valley, immigrant workers-first Irish, then Poles and Czechs-settled in the area to be near jobs in the rolling mills, chemical plants, and garment factories. They left their mark on the neighborhood's architecture, food, and culture, and many of their descendants still call the area home. Slavic Village has produced a number of interesting personalities, including Olympic sprinter Stella Walsh and former Cleveland mayor and current United States congressman Dennis Kucinich.
About the Author
The mission of the Slavic Village Historical Society, founded in 1995, is to instill and increase the historical knowledge of Slavic Village and adjacent communities. The society operates a museum and educational center, maintains an archive of historical photographs and news articles, and gives talks around the area about Slavic Village history. Sandy Mitchell is a full-time writer, a lifelong Clevelander, and a resident of Slavic Village. Mitchell uses photographs from the Slavic Village Historical Society and the Cleveland Press Collection at Cleveland State University as well as public and private sources. She is also the author of Cleveland's Little Italy.
Table of Contents
1 Beginnings 9
2 Growth and Diversification 43
3 Churches, Clubs, and Schools 65
4 The People of Slavic Village 95
5 Rediscovering Cleveland's Slavic Heritage 103
6 Looking Forward 119