13 September 2013


Founder and former longtime Carpatho-Rusyn Society President Righetti and former National board member John Schweich will be presenters at the 14th Genealogical and Cultural Conference of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI).  The conference will be held Wednesday, October 23 through Saturday, October 26 at the Westin Lombard Hotel in Lombard, Illinois.   

Their presentations are scheduled for Friday, October 25.  Righetti will offer three workshops: Rusyns as the Third Founding People of Czechoslovakia (8-9:15 am), Rusyns and Slovaks, Similarities and Differences and Carpatho-Rusyn Culture—It’s Not Just Blessed Baskets and Stuffed Cabbage.

Schweich’s 9:30 to 10:45 am workshop is entitled Carpatho-Rusyn Settlement in Metro Chicago.  His focus will be Chicago and Joliet in Illinois as well as Gary, Whiting, East Chicago and Hammond in Northwest Indiana.  Several members of the Carptho-Rusyn Society/Lake Michigan Chapter have assisted him by gathering additional information from Rusyns in their local areas.

The Carpatho-Rusyn Society/Lake Michigan Chapter will have a display table at the conference.  Make sure to stop in to say Dobryj dyn to President Charlotte Pribish Conjelko and Board Member and Chapter Genealogist Arlene Gardiner.

On Wednesday three tours are scheduled: Czech, Slovak and Rusyn Neighborhood Tour (8 am -5 pm; $55); Bohemian National Cemetery Tour (8:15 am-5:15 pm; $55); and Research at the CSAGSI Genealogy Library (9 am-2:30 pm; $30).  The Czech, Slovak and Rusyn Neighborhood Tour will be repeated Thursday (8 am-5 pm; $55).  The bus tours are limited to 53 registrants while the research opportunity is limited to 25. 

Conference information, including fees, accommodations, registration form, traveling to the conference, schedule of events and speaker biographies, may be viewed by clicking on Conference Information.  Attendees have their choice of days and activities they wish to attend.

The Conference Registration Form is available by clicking on Conference Registration Form. Mail a copy of the entire page with payment to: CGSI Chicago Conference, PO Box 25972, Woodbury, MN 55125-0972.

Hotel reservations may be made for the Conference by clicking on Westin Lombard Hotel and then clicking on the Reserve icon. The Westin Hotel offers a shuttle to take guests to the train station in Lombard for those who wish to go to visit Chicago.

Additional conference information is available at: www.cgsi.org.

Conference attendees who want to arrive early or extend their stay to see other Chicago sites should click on: visit some of these sites.

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