Twin Cities Slovenians Meeting
May 19, 2012
Welcome: President John Zakelj called the meeting to order.
Attending: A total of 23 members and guests were present. There were 4 guests of Rich Samec.
Music: Rich Samec played accordion while group gathered.
Treasurers Report: Mary Ann Setnicker reported the group has $1949.00 to date in the fund. Festival of Nations expense should be approx $1000.00. Language class expenses should be approx $100.00. Approx budget for next month should be $800.00.
Setnicker reported from an article from the Zarija. Paula Bajda Mavec is training to climb Mt.
Triglav this summer at age of 70! With
this climb, she will be raising funds and donating them to the Slovenian Union
of America. The address to make
donations is: www. slovenianunion.org or by mail at Slovenian Union of America,
431 N. Chicago St., Joliet, IL 60432-1703.
Raising: Jean is still taking orders for
aprons and dishtowels this summer only. There
will be nor orders taken after September .
1.Sue Rademacher and Mike Koski are Co-Chairs of Festival of Nations
success this year – approximately 38 people helped out in some way. Sue and
Mike personally thanked everyone for their hard work and shared stories of the
people met at the festival and shared Slovenia with. The Bee products are available from House of
Honey Boznar in Polhav Gradec, Slovenia.
2. Slovenian American Music – Chuck Debevec
has collaborated with Rich Terselic have been collecting Slovenian – American
recordings made between 1913-1958. Chuck
and Rich published an article about their work in the Journal of the Society
for Slovene Studies. Rich and Chuck are
continuing to add to their collection and can be reached at email@example.com
are 3 distinct time periods for Slovenian recorded music. 1900-1925, 1925-1942,
1942-1958. Chuck’s presentation focused
on the first 2 time periods.
1900 -1925 Acoustic/ Immigrant
The 3 largest recording companies during this time were Columbia – the biggest, along with Victor and Okeh. One of the first artists to record in the US is Milka Schneidova. The group listened to the recording “Na vrsacu”, recorded Feb 10, 1913. Augusta Danilova was another successful recording artist and actress in Ljubljana. We listened to several recordings from 1917. "Sem Slovenska deklica” and “Tam za Laskm gricem”.
1925-1942 Electronic Recordings Americanized Style
Accordian was an important part of this style.
Dr. William Lausche is known as father of Cleveland Style and helped
shape the sound of that time. He wrote, composed
and along with Josephine Lausche and Mary Udovich recorded over 58 songs for
Columbia during this time period.
other famous artists included the Hoyer Trio and the group listened to the recording “Sokolska Koracnica”. Anton Schubel who recorded 29 times while in
the US. His most popular was, “Mamica
moja”. Others included The Adija Singers. Jadran Male Quartet. “Nova Stara pesen”, and
the Joliet Girls Group. Towards the end
of this period, Frankie Yankovic started to record. His first recordings he did not record under
his first name, due to the fact he did not pay union dues. Later he recorded on the Yankee and Joliet
labels. On furlough from the war, he recorded 32 songs in one afternoon. He went on to become “America’s Polka
1942-1958 Polka bands – no more 78 recordings at this time.
There is a recommended recording
available “Slovenia, USA “a 3 disc CD package available on Amazon.
3. Yul Yost -Father Baraga
The Father Baraga presentation will be Sept 15, 2012 and start at 1:00. He showed a map of the site and directions to the site. Yul has been collecting information on the land and recording the history of Father Baraga and the cross. Yul has written an article regarding this and it will be posted to the website.
Yul is also hosting a Garden Tour at his house– June 9, at 5:00 pm. Information will be emailed to the members.
Adjourned at 11:45 am.