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Westmont family celebrates Hindu traditions
The Gella family truly celebrates its Hindu traditions from India.
Bride, groom celebrate ethnicity during wedding
When Dustin MacEwan and Christy (Eckenrode) Long got married, they considered their ceremony to be a 10.
Scots sought better lives | Immigrants were farmers, farm laborers and craftsmen
The first Scottish tartan kilt was seen in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania in the year 1758, when soldiers of the famous 42nd Highland Regiment (Black Watch) marched westward from Philadelphia to seize control of the fort at the forks of the Ohio from the French.
Homelands series: Hungarian heritage pages
View the PDF pages from The Tribune-Democrat's Nov. 28 edition of Homelands.
Houses of worship | Churches served as cultural, social places for Hungarian immigrants
For generations, local churches founded by Hungarian immigrants thrived. But now, those institutions – and the history they represent – are disappearing at a rapid rate.
Ligonier facility once served as Hungarian orphanage
The orphans are long gone, as is the old hotel they called home. Bethlen Communities now is a modern care center for the elderly, and it has branched out beyond its hilltop headquarters overlooking Ligonier Borough.
Descendants carry on their ancestors' traditions
Faith in God carried Hungarian immigrants across the ocean to a new land. America was a melting pot of various cultures and the Hungarians clung to their traditions as strongly as the newcomers from other lands.
'I am so glad God brought us to America'
There’s something more than the usual parental pride in Edith Kovacs’ voice as she lists the occupations of her four grown children. They are more than job titles. For Kovacs, those words represent the freedoms she was denied under a communist regime in her native Hungary.
'I was blessed' | JSO conductor recounts steps in race for his life
Istvan Jaray is a Johnstown institution, having conducted the local symphony orchestra for more than a quarter century.
Ancestors desired better lives
John Horvath’s quest for a better life was splashed with secrecy, faith and stamina. Like many fellow countrymen from Hungary and citizens of other eastern European countries in the early 1900s, Horvath was impoverished. But what he lacked in wealth, he commanded in audacity.
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