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58th Annual Captive Nations Dinner and Awards
58th Annual Captive Nations Dinner and Awards
Captive Nations Week was first recognized in 1959 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the urging of future Cleveland Mayor Ralph Perk Sr. and Congressmen Charles Vanik and US Senator Frank Lausche. Captive Nations Week has been supported each 3rd week in July by every US president since. The American Nationalities Movement prsented the Feedom Award to Ambasador Edward F. Crawford and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy.

Justice Sharon Kennedy, Justice Terry O'Donnell, Judge Ralph Perk, Irene Morrow and Doug Bugie

Justice Sharon Kennedy, Justice Terry O'Donnell, Judge Ralph Perk,
Irene Morrow and Doug Bugie (for Ambassador Crawford)


Photos and videos of the Captive Nations Award Dinner

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Colombian Independence Day Picnic
Ohio Colombian Foundation Colombian Independence Day Picnic
On Sunday, July 18, 2021, friends of the Ohio Colombian Foundation (OCF) gathered at the French Creek Reservation in Sheffield, Ohio, to celebrate Colombian Independence Day with food, fun, friends and family.

Ohio Colombian Foundation Independence Day group


The July 20th holiday marks the date in 1810 that sparked a revolution that eventually led to Colombia's independence from Spain nearly a decade later.

Photos and more from the Colombian Independence Day picnic

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Bastille Day 2021 in Cleveland
Bastille Day 2021 in Cleveland
We had a great day Saturday with 80 friends of the French American Chamber of Commerce - Ohio Chapter at the The Cleveland Museum of Art … our first in-person event in two years. The event began with presentations about Bastille Day and the future French Cultural Garden.

French Cultural Garden

Future Site of the French Cultural Garden


See more photos from Bastille Day 2021

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Polka Star of Tomorrow
Polka Star of Tomorrow
Accordionist Garrett Tatano of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, was voted Polka Star of Tomorrow at a musical competition hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Three hundred polka music fans cast ballots for four entertainers at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, near Cleveland.

Garrett Tatano - Polka Star of Tomorrow

Garrett Tatano - Polka Star of Tomorrow


More of the Polka Stars of Tomorrow

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Statehood Day of Lithuania
Statehood Day of Lithuania
Lithuanian community members gathered at Wildwood Park by the Cleveland sign to celebrate Statehood Day of Lithuania, also known as the day of the coronation of King Mindaugas, the first King of Lithuania. On this day, July 6, Cleveland Lithuanians joined Lithuanians all over the world to sing the national anthem.

Lithuanians in Cleveland celebrate Statehood Day

Lithuanians in Cleveland celebrate Statehood Day


Lithuanians in Cleveland celebrate Statehood Day


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Wings of Peace Statue and Legacy Wall Dedication
Wings of Peace Statue and Legacy Wall Dedication
Despite a sudden and driving rain storm, a new addition was dedicated in the lower level (MLK Blvd.) of the Hungarian Cultural Garden on Sunday June 27, 2021. It is called Wings of Peace (A Beke Szarnya) and features a young girl releasing a dove to the sky. The new statue was commissioned by Marta Kirsch and Elisabeth Allison to honor their father Emery Kovacs Smith who emigrated to the US in 1923.

Ken Roby and the Wings of Peace statue

Artist Ken Roby and the Wings of Peace statue


Zsolt Pava, Diplomat for the Hungarian Communities Abroad, Chicago spoke representing the Government of Hungary and then Gyongyi Gratzl read a poem in Hungarian called Domokos Day by Janos Arany (1817-1882).

Photos and videos of the Dedication

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Estonian Victory Day (Vőidupüha)and St John's Day (Jaanipäev)
Estonian Victory Day (Vőidupüha)and St John's Day (Jaanipäev) celebration
The Estonian Cultural Garden was dedicated June 19, 1966. Each year, the Estonian community and friends gather to celebrate Estonian Victory Day (Vőidupüha) and St John's Day (Jaanipäev).

Toomas Tubalkain served as MC and introduced speakers including Lithuanian Honorary Consul Ingrida Bublys, Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Estonian Garden delegate Erika Puussaar.

Erika Puussaar and Toomas Tubalkain

Erika Puussaar and Toomas Tubalkain


See more from the Estonian Victory Day event

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Ramesh Shah in Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Ramesh Shah in Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Since 2010, the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (CIHF) has inducted people who have made significant and lasting contributions to our multicultural society. Cleveland is home to people representing about 120 different ethnic groups. The CIHF exists not only to honor those special people but also to inspire a new generation of leaders to follow in their footsteps.

Covid-19 forced the always sold out (500+ people) induction ceremonies to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021 so the Class is being inducted virtually.

Ramesh Shah was inducted by Federation of India Community Associations Board Chairman Sudarshan Sathe and welcomed to the Hall by Inaugural CIHF inductee Paramjit Singh.

Sudarsha Sathe, Ramesh Shah and Paramjit Singh

Sudarshan Sathe, Ramesh Shah and Paramjit Singh


See video/photos of the induction of Ramesh Shah

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Serbian Cultural Garden
Serbian Cultural Garden
The Serbian Cultural Garden is one of over 30 ethnic heritage gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Cleveland Ohio. The founder and driving force of the Serbian Cultural Garden is Serbian Honorary Consul Alex Machaskee and he gave some history and led a tour of the Garden explaining the various features including the large icon of St. Sava and the busts of Nikola Tesla, King Peter 1, Mileva Maric, Nadezda Petrovic, Michael Pupin, Milutin Milankovic, Petar Njegos, Stevan Mokranjac, Vuk Karadzic and other Serbian cultural figures.





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Brigadier General László Szego at Cleveland Hungarian Museum
Brigadier General László Szego at Cleveland Hungarian Museum
The Hungarian Museum was visited by Brigadier General László Szego, defense attache from the Embassy of Hungary in Washington, his wife Timea Szego, Consul General Tamás Kovács, and arriving diplomat Zsolt Páva, both from Chicago, who were in town for the Memorial Day bilingual commemoration at Sunset Memorial Gardens in North Olmsted.

Hungarian Brigadier General group at Cleveland Hungarian Museum

See more from the Brigadier General's visit

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Iranian American Olympic Medalist Matt Ghafarri
Iranian American Olympic Medalist Matt Ghafarri
1996 Olympic Wrestling Silver Medalist Matt Ghafarriis Muslim and is of Iranian heritage. He became a US citizen and competed for the US.

He spoke at the Rotary Club of Cleveland on May 6, 2021 and was asked if he endured any prejudice after 9-11 because of his Muslim and Iranian heritage. He said it began before then. He got hassles during the Iranian Hostage crisis which went from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981.

Matt told a funny story about a coach changing his name and other ways he dealt with the prejudice from that event as well as 9-11.



See Matt Gahfarri's entire presentation to the Cleveland Rotary

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New Polish Heritage Garden Monument
New Polish Heritage Garden Monument
On April 27, 2021 a new addition was installed in the Polish Cultural Center Heritage Garden. It is a monument featuring the Polish Eagle and an American Bald Eagle joining in flight signifying the bonds between the two countries and cultures. The eagles were sculpted by renowned Polish American artist Andrew Pitynski who passed away just after completing this sculpture. It was forged locally at Studio Foundry. A proper dedication is being planned for later this year.

Polish and American Eagle monument in Polish American Cultural Center Heritage Garden

Polish and American Eagle monument in
Polish American Cultural Center Heritage Garden


See photos and more from the Eagle Monument installation

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Fun with Maps - North Africa
Fun with Maps - North Africa
Casablanca, Marrakesh, Algiers, the Barbary Coast, Morocco, the Sahara Desert, Darfur, Benghazi, Tunisia, Tripoli.

You've seen these exotic locales in movies, TV shows and the news but do you know where they are or much about them? In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson looks at North Africa.

Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most populous continent and contains 54 fully recognized sovereign states (countries). This first episode in a series covering Africa includes Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco (including Western Sahara), Tunisia and Sudan.

After watching you will never listen to Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills and Nash or even the US Marines Hymn the same.





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Fun Facts about Learning Languages
Fun Facts about Learning Languages
Which language do learners give up quickest? Which language learners will stick it out? Why do learners give up?

These are some of the questions answered by a study by TheKnowledgeAcademy. The Number 15 hardest language was shocking to me.

Check out the fun facts about learning languages.

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Fun with Maps - Madagascar
Fun with Maps - Madagascar
In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson looks at what has been called the 8th continent - Madagascar. The map shows how isolated Madagascar is from the rest of the world and that makes it a hotbed of biodiversity - 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. It has varieties of plants and animals that do not exist anywhere else. You've probably seen lemurs (endemic to Madagascar) but there are thousands of other unique animals and plants such as the fossa, chameleon, the baobab tree and more. Dan also shows a quick look at the Spiny Desert of Madagascar exhibit in the Cleveland Botanical Garden.



See more Fun with Maps episodes

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Pundemics - Humor to get you through the Coronavirus
Pundemics - Humor to get you through the Coronavirus
Every week we send out a free eBlast to thousands of subscribers that tells about upcoming events in the 120 or so different ethnic groups represented in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Sign up for the free e-newsletter here.

When the Coronavirus hit, events were cancelled, except for a handful of virtual events. So we evolved the eNews to include some interesting facts about our multicultural city. We also added a joke about being quarantined. Of course we realized the severity of the pandemic and did not want to diminish the deaths and suffering that many were enduring by joking.

But the feedback was overwhelming. People enjoyed the puns and asked for more. Many still write each week and ask us to continue and ask to reprint some in their newsletters, bulletins and so on. So we have continued them.

So here are many of the (hopefully) funny lines we have been sending every week.

Take the advice of the Dante statue in the Italian Cultural Garden and wear your mask.

Dante Statue with Mask


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Cleveland Ethnic Radio
Cleveland Ethnic Radio
Radio seems old-fashioned to many but almost everyone has access to it (even via an Internet or cellphone app). Ethnic radio in Cleveland has a long tradition of serving various communities. The radio show often creates or encourages ethnic events.

See a list of Cleveland Ethnic Radio shows

Let us know if we missed any.

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Murder in the Cultural Gardens
Murder in the Cultural Gardens
"It just didn't seem right to DJ. A body found bludgeoned in a place known for "Peace through Mutual Understanding." But there she was, crumpled behind a bust of composer Franz Liszt in the Hungarian Cultural Garden. He pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911. "What is the nature of your emergency?" the dispatcher queried. With a suddenly very dry mouth DJ managed to get out, "There's been a murder in the Cultural Gardens."

That's the beginning of the recently published first novel by Dan Hanson.

Murder in the Cultural Gardens book cover - Franz Liszt statue


The whodunit, titled Murder in the Cultural Gardens, takes place in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and all 30+ gardens are featured during the mystery. You may even recognize some of the characters.



Click the link above to learn more or to purchase in paperback or Kindle version from Amazon. Or contact Dan via the Murder in the Cultural Gardens webpage to have a signed book delivered.

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2020 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
2020 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
With over 100 worthy nominations, the committee and previous inductees of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame had a difficult time selecting the 2020 class. After due diligence, the unanimous results have been finalized.

On April 21, 2020 the 11th class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame will be inducted. They are:

  • May Chen
  • Margaret Lynch
  • Valarie McCall
  • Ramesh Shah
  • Berj Shakarian
  • Joe Valencic

Stay tuned for details, photos, bios and more. Congratulations!

Buy your tickets now before it sells out.



Cleveland International Hall of Fame


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Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity on Display
Cleveland's Ethnic Diversity on Display
Cleveland is a diverse city with about 120 distinct ethnic heritages represented. We at ClevelandPeople.com and the Cleveland International Hall of Fame believe that this ethnic diversity makes us a much richer city and that we should all celebrate this fact.

We asked people from various ethnic groups to create a tile representing their heritage. These 3 quilts are a product of that effort. We hope that other ethnic groups will want to add their own tile to these patchworks showcasing our ethnic diversity.

Cleveland ethnic diversity quilts

The quilts are available for loan to ethnic museums and organizations and for special events. See more about the ethnic heritage display

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Welcome to Cleveland
Welcome to Cleveland



Members of the Stabrova Youth Ballet
welcome you to Cleveland


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We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
Hail Mary, Full of Grace…

This DVD is a Living Rosary in the sense that over 200 people participated in saying a prayer. 3 bishops, numerous priests and sisters and a variety of lay people all said a prayer (Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary or Glory Be) that when put together combine to form the complete Rosary.

We hope that you will pray along with the diverse group of people on this DVD. They are young and old, different races and ethnicities, in Church and outside, alone and in groups. The prayers are said in English, but occasionally there is a prayer in another language. You may not know the language but will understand, and be able to pray along, because of the context.

  1. American Sign Language
  2. English
  3. Gaelic
  4. German
  5. Hindi
  6. Italian
  7. Konkani
  8. Korean
  9. Lebanese
  10. Polish
  11. Portuguese
  12. Slovenian
  13. Spanish
  14. Swahili

Lourdes Shrine in Cleveland


More about the We Pray the Rosary DVD


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Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
"As chairman and on behalf of the Hispanic Roundtable, we enthusiastically take the pledge of peace and nonviolence. We are honored to be associated with two of the greatest human beings whoever lived: Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. Most importantly, we want to be associated with the universal and eternal value of peace and dignity for all human beings, who are all created in God's image.
José C Feliciano

Have you signed the Cyber Wall of Peace and Nonviolence yet?

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Cultural and Ethnic Store
Cultural and Ethnic Store
No matter what your cultural or ethnic background is, you will find products tailored to that group in our On-Line Store.

For example, do you know a Slovenian (or Irish or Polish or Italian or...) Grandma or Grandpa who would love their own Parking Sign? Check it out. Books, DVDs, Music, Flags, Baby Items, Gourmet Foods and much more.

All at great prices and shipped securely from Amazon.com

Please help support ClevelandPeople.Com by shopping in our Online Store.

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 What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People

Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time). And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cultural Gardens, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

ClevelandPeople.Com Philosophy

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Welcome to Cleveland

Helping Monika

Over 1,500 of the daily visitors to ClevelandPeople.Com visit from outside the US. The website has been serving as a Virtual Welcoming Center to people from all over the world. We ask the appropriate Ambassador to assist us with specific cases.

For example, we received an e-mail from a visitor named Monika in Poland. The message was in Polish so we asked Polish Ambassador John Borkowski to translate for us.

Basically, Monika is coming to the Cleveland Clinic and is nervous. She doesn't know anyone or the language.

We sent Monika's information to many on our Polish (and other) lists and the response was terrific. Several organizations and individuals will be assisting and welcoming Monika.

What a terrific group of Cleveland People!

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See all of the latest news on the ClevelandPeople.Com News page and a Calendar of Events on the Calendar page.

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If you want your group's events listed in our Calendar, please send an e-mail to events@clevelandpeople.com with the details. Please allow at least 2 weeks lead time.

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On-line store for browsing and shopping

Do you need a Hungarian Flag? A shirt that says "I love Slovenian girls"? How about a sign that says No Parking except for Irish Grandmother?

These and hundreds of other items for your particular ethnic group are available for browsing at our on-line store. It's safe, fast, easy and fun. And there is a wide selection you will never find in the stores!


What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time).

And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

This site serves as a portal to reach the many interesting groups of people that make up Cleveland. While you will want to click on a link of a group that you belong to or are familiar with, why not check out some other groups and see what they have to offer?

If you are from outside the Cleveland area, even outside the US, please contact us to see what our area has to offer you and your family. We think you will be amazed at the opportunities.

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