Eureka! — I found it!

RTdLokLT9It is always exciting when I find something interesting about Duquesne in old newspapers.  But, when I encounter a piece of information that I actually have been searching for, it is even more exhilarating! Recently I discovered the location of Duquesne’s “original” Croatian Hall, so I must share my discovery with all of you.  Can you guess where it was?  Read the article as see for yourself!  Lost Croatian Hall — Found!

Fireworks and Croatian Sluggers Post

MIke Spanitz for articlePicnics, fireworks, and baseball season in full swing — I just couldn’t resist researching an article about the Duquesne Croatians baseball team! Did they really exist?  For how many seasons? Were they any good? I don’t consider myself a sports writer, so please excuse any stylistic faux pas.  Just enjoy my latest article Fireworks and Croatian Sluggers for what it is, and Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!

Duquesne Sleuthing

inspectorOur good friend, the Duquesne Hunky, posted a marvelous panoramic photo of Duquesne, Pennsylvania taken in 1938 which includes a complete view of the neighborhood “below the tracks”.  This entire neighborhood was razed for the steel mill expansion in 1941, but you can view it on this photograph along with the rest of the city.  Zoom in and join the sleuthing to help identify old buildings that no longer exist by visiting here.  I have also added the link on my most popular page “Businesses Below the Tracks”.

Pre-1950 Duquesne Croatian Wedding Photos

Catherine Kucinic Salopek bridePre-1950 Duquesne Croatian Wedding Photos  — Take a few minutes to search for familiar faces, and more especially share them with older generations of current and former Duquesne residents to see if they recognize anyone!  Two years ago I posted these wedding photos on a Facebook page to preserve them and share them with other Duquesne Croatians and their descendants.  I decided to transfer them to a more permanent home on this site in hope that they might reach more people. Please share and enjoy!

Duquesne Croatians — Nick Lee Hollow

Nick Lee 03 for postDuquesne Croatians — Nick Lee Hollow:  Nick Lee Hollow was more than a place our parents played as children.  At one time the hollow was home to many Duquesne families.  A few people inquired about Nick Lee Hollow, and as  result I did a little research on the subject.  Read my latest article, Remembering Nick Lee Hollow. Photos courtesy of the Mifflin Township Historical Society.

Audio Recording Added to Interview with My Grandma <3

katiefaceAudio Recording Added to Interview with My Grandma ❤  Today I added an audio recording of a Personal Interview with Catherine Ann Kučinić Salopek , my paternal Grandmother.  The interview took place on 17 September 1986, approximately one year before she passed away.  READ a transcript of the interview or LISTEN to an mp3 of the actual six-minute interview.

Duquesne Croatians — Smidgen of Croatian

1910 Chart Croatians below the tracksA Smidgen of Croatian in Duquesne:  Just how many Croatian immigrants lived in Duquesne at the turn of the twentieth century? An analysis of the 1910 United States Federal Census might help us draw more accurate conclusions about the early Croatian immigrants to the city of Duquesne.  Read details of my most recent research.  Feel free to comment or contact me via the site.