torek, september 14, 2004

High hopes for Cleveland Slovenes

Slovenia’s new consul general in Cleveland, Marcel Koprol, has set for himself the goal of breathing new life into the local Slovene community [Cleveland Plain Dealer / 05.09.04 / Strengthening pride of Cleveland Slovenes is man's labor of love].

There are between 60,000 and 80,000 ethnic Slovenes in the Cleveland area, making it the largest Slovene community outside of the country itself. Though polkas remain popular and there are numerous cultural institutions which are still active, the vitality of the community today is nowhere near what it once was.