Joe Valencic Interview, 2005

In this 2005 interview, Joe Valencic, a second generation Slovenian-American active in a number of local Slovenian-American organizations, talks about Cleveland's Slovenian community. He talks about his father's immigration to the United States and to Cleveland, and the pattern of Slovenian-American settlements in Cleveland. Valencic also discusses the rise and fame of America's polka king, Frankie Yankovic who was a Slovenian-American, and who won the first Emmy for Polka songs. Valencic also talks about Frank Sterly's Slovenian country style Restaurant on East 55th Street, and a number of cultural institutions in Cleveland that reflect and honor Slovenian heritage, including the Cultural Gardens on MLK Boulevard.

Participants: Valencic, Joe (interviewee) / Pietrasz, Jason (interviewer)
Collection: History 400: Local History
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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