European Community


General Information


Europeans are amongst the oldest, and at the same time among the newest, peoples to have settled in southwestern Pennsylvania. The region's earliest settlers were from northern Europe and they were followed by large-scale immigration from eastern and southern Europe at the turn of the 20th century. Peoples of European descent established themselves as "Pittsburghers," contributing mightily to the culture, politics and economic growth of the region. In recent decades these communities have had the good fortune of being enriched by the arrival of new immigrants from their European homelands.

Pittsburghers with ancestral roots stretching back to Europe three centuries, one century, or just one decade are justifiably proud of their contributions to southwestern Pennsylvania. Southwestern Pennsylvanians of European descent were, are, and will be important players in the future of southwestern Pennsylvania, and they are anxious to have readers consult the website to learn more about the many different organizations that represent the peoples of this region whose original ancestral homeland was the continent of Europe.


Arts (film, music, dance)

Religious Information

  • St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Parish: (
    St. Nicholas church on Pittsburgh's North Side is the very first Roman Catholic church formed by Croatian immigrants in the new world ,and St. Nicholas church in nearby Millvale is home to the famous murals by artist Maxo Vanka. If you are in the Pittsburgh area, we invite you to visit us.
  • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church:
    1128 Summit St., White Oak, PA 15313
    Phone: 412-673-1224
  • St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral: (
    419 South Dithridge St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Phone: 412-682-3866
  • St. Alexandr Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral 8290 Thompson Run Rd. 
    Pittsburgh, PA 15237 
    (412) 366-4647
  • Free Hungarian Reformed Church of McKeesport
    We are rich in heritage, as our roots in the McKeesport area go back to 1922.
    101 University Drive
    McKeesport, PA 15132-7602
    Ph: 412-672-7298
  • Forty Martyrs R.C. Church
    300 Frasier Purchase Road
    Latrobe, PA 15650
    Contact: Marta Urban
    Phone: 724-423-3282
  • Hungarian Reformed Church of Duquesne
    1411Kennedy Avenue
    Duquesne, PA 15110
    Contact: Barbara G. Revak
    Phone: 412-466-2300
  • Serbian Orthodox Diocese
    Residence and office of His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrofan
    138 Carriage Hill Drive
    Mars, PA
  • Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral
    4920 Clairton Blvd.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15236
    Phone: 412-882-3900
    Rev. Rasko Kosic
    Phone: 412-429-2064
  • St. Elijah Serb Orthodox Church
    2200 Irwin Street
    Aliquippa, PA  15001
    Phone: 724-375-4074
    V. Rev. Stevan Stepanov
  • St. Mary Serb
    524-526 Third Street
    Clairton, PA  15025
    Rev. Vladimir Demshuk
  • St. George
    65 South Keel Ridge Road
    P.O. Box 1052
    Hermitage, PA  16148
    Rev. Svetozar Mirolovic
    80 Keel Ridge Road
    Hermitage, PA  16148
    Phone: 724-342-2600
  • St. Nicholas
    971-1001 St. Clair Road
    Johnstown, PA  15905
    V. Rev. Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich
    Phone: 814-255-1853
  • St. George
    RD 1, Box 91
    Carmichaels, PA  15320
    Rev. Rodney Torbic
    Phone: 724-966-7428
  • St. Sava
    901 Hartman Street
    McKeesport, PA  15132
    Rev. Stevan Rocknage
    Phone: 412-672-1872
  • St. George
    30 Tenth Street
    Midland, PA  15059
    Rev. Stevan Zaremba
    Phone: 724-643-4012
  • St. Nicholas
    2110 Haymaker Road
    Monroeville, PA  15146
    V. Rev. Dragoljub Malich
    Phone: 412-372-9895 (hall) or 412-372-4454
  • Holy Ascension
    24 North Third Street
    Youngwood, PA  15697
    Phone: 724-925-6353
    Rev. Adam Yontich
    2 North Locust Drive
    Jeannette, PA  15644
    Phone: 724-527-2118
  • St. Sava Children's Camp
    25072 State Highway 18
    Box 247
    Springboro, PA  16435
    Phone: 814-587-2627
  • Most Holy Mother of God Monastery
    25072 State Highway 18
    Box 247
    Springboro, PA  16435
    Phone: 814-587-6209

Cultural Organizations


The small, but very active Austrian community of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania includes, in its majority, first- and second-generation Americans who still treasure the cultural values of their homeland. There are also quite a number of Austrian nationals who are in the area on temporary assignments at the local universities or as experts at subsidiaries of major Austrian companies (p.e. VOEST-ALPINE Industries, Inc., and ANDRITZ RUTHNER Inc.)

The cultural life of the Austrians in Pittsburgh is centered around the Austrian American Cultural Society, which was founded in 1979. The purpose of this society was to foster among its members a genuine love for Austrian culture and customs; to establish an Austrian Classroom at the University of Pittsburgh; and to provide scholarship funds for University of Pittsburgh students to study in Austria. During the subsequent years, the Society organized annual Austrian balls, dinner meetings, numerous musical performances and trips to Austria for its friends and members. This way the Austrians became part of the colorful ethnic mixture of Pittsburgh

  • Association of Austrians Abroad-Auslandsösterreicherwerk: (
    The central service point for Auslandsösterreicher is the Vienna-based 'Auslandsösterreicherwerk' which was founded in 1955. A special concern of the AÖW is the provision of assistance for needy Austrians.

Honorary Consul of Austria: Mr. Edgar Braun
Phone: 724-745-7599
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In Pittsburgh, cultural events are a good venue to bump into Belgians: examples include an exhibit on The Flemish Masters: Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck at the Frick Gallery; the Rubio Quartet at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Belgian artists featured in the Carnegie International, contemporary dance with Choreographer Vandekeybus and prominent choreographer Anne Teresa De Kearsmaker at the Dance Council and more. Belgians coming to Pittsburgh are happily surprised: they discover a wealth of opportunities, a beautiful landscape with great infrastructure, and a wide range of activities for every taste and every age group.

  • European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE):  (
    The EUCE at the University of Pittsburgh and the European Studies Center are major centers of academic activity within the United States, and are well-known both in Belgium and throughout the EU’s member-states.  Further, the EUCE serves as a focal point for EU-related activities in the civic, media, and business communities throughout the tri-state area.

Honorary Consul of Belgium: Anne Billiet Lackner
Phone: 412-279-2121
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Honorary Consul of United Kingdom: Mark Nordenberg, Chancellor University of Pittsburgh
107 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-4200
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Bulgarian and Macedonian

Around the year 1900, several Bulgarians came to Pittsburgh and settled in West Homestead, Duquesne, and McKeesport. Around 1910, having secured their economic position, many began to bring their families to the United States. At the start of World War II there were 33 Bulgarian-Macedonian bakeries in Allegheny County. In fact, at one time, the Bulgarian community in Pittsburgh was the largest in the United States.

  • Bulgarian-Macedonian National Educational & Cultural Center: (
    A nonprofit organization whose mission is to embrace and preserve the cultural values and rich traditions of the Bulgarian and Macedonian people. They also seek to articulate and promote those values and traditions as a way of enhancing tolerance and understanding among all peoples.
    449-451 West Eight Avenue,
    West Homestead, PA 15120
    Phone: 412-461-6188


“In the late 1800s and early 1900s Croatian immigrants flocked to America. Most of our people then settled in Old Allegheny, which is now called the North Side of Pittsburgh. The street called East Ohio St. was known to the Croatians as Mala Jaska. Several people who made their homes here came from that village in Croatia. It was the heart of the Croatian Community in America and to some of us, our birthplace.

One of the most popular traditions was the old wine cellar, several families made their own wine. One of our neighbors, who we called Megar grew his own grapevines. They say he really made good wine from his own garden. Times have changed, many have left the city and moved to the suburbs." - Elsie Juratovich memories

  • The Croatian Fraternal Union: (
    The Croatian Fraternal Union is the largest Croatian organization outside of Croatia. At the headquarters in Pittsburgh, the Home Office houses a truly valuable Croatian Cultural room and museum.
    100 Delaney Drive
    Pittsburgh PA, 15235
    Phone: 412-843-0380

Honorary Consul from Croatia: Dr. Marion Vujevich
Phone: 412-429-2570
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Czech Republic

Between the years of 1880 and 1914, a significant concentration of Czech families settled in the eastern neighborhoods of Allegheny City in a section of Pittsburgh known today as Troy Hill. A small section of this hilltop community became the destination of many Czech immigrants and was called “Bohemian Hill.”  It is believed that some Czech immigrants used Bohemian Hill as a gateway to communities in the Midwest and Texas. Others came and stayed, creating one of several Czech clusters in Western Pennsylvania.

  • Czechs in the Burgh:
    Robin Zoufalik
    Phone: 724-263-9559
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  • Czechoslovak Nationality Room @ Cathedral of Learning: (

Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic: Carol Hochman
Phone: 412-855-6581
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The history of Pittsburgh is well documented. But any evidence of Dutch immigrants playing a role in it is hard to find. And while any Pittsburgher can tell you where the Italian, Polish or Jewish in town can be found, asking for the area where immigrants from the Netherlands can be found doesn’t result in any response.

Asking for where to find Dutch might lead you to eastern Pennsylvania (the so-called Pennsylvania Dutch country). That might be an interesting excursion but you won’t find anyone from the Netherlands there (Pennsylvania Dutch derived from Deutsch, German spoken by settlers from Germany and Switzerland).

All of this being true, it is still pretty hard to imagine that no Dutch were involved in the early industrial activities of this town. One of the early enterprises happened to be building boats. The “Woodward Rowlands' Pittsburgh directory for 1852” does suggest Dutch involvement: The name Jacob Vandergrift, with the profession boat builder, is mention in it twice. And a quick look in the telephone directory learned that there are many people here with names starting with van/van der/van de. More Dutch must have found their way to Pittsburgh in the past!



The history of Pittsburgh is rich in French culture. It was in 1754 that the French built the "Fort Duquesne de la Sainte Vierge" (Fort Duquesne of the Holy Virgin.) After its fall to the English in 1758, the fort was renamed "Fort Pitt," which later became Pittsburgh, but many French names (Duquesne, Ligonier, Marchand, Jumonville, etc...) are still the result of the French presence here.

About 500 French people live in Pittsburgh today. They are represented by an Honorary Consul, Jean-Dominique Le Garrec. About 30 American subsidiaries of French companies are based in Pittsburgh. The French-speaking community, however, is large and diversified, due to the presence of Canadians, Belgians, Swiss, Lebanese, representatives of French-speaking African countries and a sizeable number of francophone Americans. Organizations of interest to the French community include:

Honorary Consul of France: Jean-Dominique Le Garrec
Phone: 412-726-5893
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The history of Georgians traveling to Pennsylvania and settling in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia dates back to just after the Russian Revolution of 1917, when Georgia declared independence on May 26, 1918 in the midst of the Russian Civil War. In February 1921 Georgia was attacked by the Red Army and fell as an independent country. Georgians fled their homeland in numbers and some immigrated to the United States, with a few settling in Pennsylvania. Georgians see great deal of resemblance between Pittsburgh and Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi.

  • American Friends of Georgia: (
    American Friends of Georgia was established in 1994, as a public charity with the mission of helping courageous Georgians establish and maintain care-giving programs to alleviate the suffering of the neglected, the handicapped, the ill, the abused, the young and the elderly. In addition, they want to help the Georgian people restore their national pride and self-reliance as they work to build an economically viable democratic society.

Honorary Consul of Georgia: Mrs. Mahnaz M. Harrison, NHA
Phone: 412-638-3816
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German and German-speaking immigrants first arrived in the Pittsburgh region in the early 19th century. They settled in what was then the town of Allegheny, which was annexed into Pittsburgh in 1907 and renamed "North Side." It is located on the north shore of the Allegheny River from downtown Pittsburgh. German-speaking people formed a vibrant community in the section still referred to as Deutschtown, along East Ohio Street and further east on Troy Hill. More recently, there was a minor wave of German immigrants to Pittsburgh in the mid to late 1950s; however, at that time the original German-speaking population had been well assimilated into the Pittsburgh region.

Today, there is no longer a distinct German neighborhood, but traces of the old German community can still be found in the Deutschtown, East Deutschtown and Troy Hill areas on Pittsburgh's North Side. Some of the more prominent landmarks are: St. Mary's Priory (now The Priory - A City Inn) located on Pressley Street since 1888; The H.J. Heinz Company, located on Progress Street since 1896; St. Anthony's Chapel located on Harpster Street since 1880.

  • Pennsylvania German Society: (
    Founded in 1891, a nonprofit organization devoted to the study of the Pennsylvania German people and their 300-year history in America.
    P.O. Box 244
     Emphrata, PA 175222
    Phone: 717- 597-7940
  • Old Economy Village (
    270 16th Street
    Ambridge, PA 15003
    Phone: 724-266-4500

Honorary Consul of Germany: Mr. David A. Murdoch
Phone: 412-355-6472
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Pittsburgh is home to one of the largest Greek communities within the United States, with close to 40,000 people identifying themselves as having Greek ancestry. Most immigrated to Pittsburgh between 1930-1960, so most are 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation Greek-Americans. They still remain very active within the community, which is apparent in the region's numerous associations, such as the Pan-Cretan Association, AHEPA, as well as GOYA and YAL for young adults.

Pittsburgh is also home to numerous Greek Orthodox churches that hold well-attended festivals. There is also a large student body from Greece that studies at Pittsburgh's prestigious Universities.


Many circumstances brought Hungarians to America and particularly to the Pittsburgh and suburban areas. At the beginning of the last century, America needed muscle power to work in mines and factories as well as on railroads. Of note, in the Pittsburgh area, cigar manufacturing was prevalent. At one time there were 235 cigar factories in Pittsburgh, which hired Hungarians, and especially Hungarian Jews who were proficient in Hebrew as well as Hungarian.

Since most of the new comers did not speak English, one came, paid for the trip for the next one, and so on, and they formed their own community. They established their churches that served as a cultural center and spiritual house. Since they spoke Hungarian at home and among themselves when they got together, the children spoke Hungarian first and learned English only in the school. They had their own club, newspaper, and fraternal associations. Currently the Hungarian Community sponsors seasonal fairs, dances and other events.

  • William Penn Association: (
    The William Penn Association was founded on February 21, 1886 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, by thirteen Hungarian coal miners. The goal of the founders was to extend a helping hand to each other and to the many Hungarian immigrants who worked and suffered in the mines and industrial centers of America at a period in its history when insurance of any sort was still in the far away future.
    709 Brighton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15233
    Phone: 412-231-2979
    Contact: Endre Csoman, Membership Activities Manager, ext. 136
  • Hungarian Home:
    Major supporter of community events, included 3 softball teams, a pool team and a bowling team.
    4 First Street
    P.O. Box 173
    Ellwood City, PA 16117
    Contact: Jack Simon
    Phone: (724) 758- 8771 or (724) 846- 8606
  • Jozsa Corner Hungarian Restaurant:
    Established 1988; holds Hungarian Night every Second Friday of the month 7 P.M.
    4800 Second Avenue
    Hazelwood, PA 15207
    Contact: Alexander Jozsa Bodnar
    Phone: 412-422-1886


The Irish were among the first explorers and settlers of Western Pennsylvania. Fleeing war, economic hardship, or religious and political oppression in Ireland, or arriving as indentured servants or slaves, immigrants pushed inland from the eastern seaboard seeking greater freedom and opportunity. In the mid 1700s Captain George Croghan of Co. Sligo was with George Washington at the battle of Fort Necessity, served with General Braddock, and marched with General Forbes to Fort Duquesne. The petition to create Allegheny County in 1788 contained such Irish names as Casey and Farrell. Many emigrants from the Presbyterian Scots-Irish population in the North of Ireland made this area their home and contributed greatly to Pittsburgh's ethic of hard work and entrepreneurship. Captain James O'Hara built the first glassworks west of the Alleghenies, and part of his estate became Schenley Park.

The Great Famine in Ireland in the 1840s drove over a million desperate people from Ireland, and Pittsburgh became home to thousands of them. "Irishtown" ran from Penn Avenue to Lawrenceville, "Old Limerick" was an area of today's South Side, and "Old Galway" was located at the junction of Fifth and Liberty, downtown. Communities such as Carrick, Castle Shannon, Banksville, Oakland and Greenfield were all named by Irish settlers. The first hospital in Pittsburgh was founded by the Sisters of Mercy who came from Co. Carlow, Ireland, and the college they also founded bears the county's name. Many prominent Pittsburgh families, such as the Olivers and the Mellons, descend from Irish immigrants.

  • Irish Centre of Pittsburgh: (
    Events, language and dance classes provided.
    6886 Forward Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217
  • The Pittsburgh Irish Network: (
    This web site has been developed to promote the Irish-American culture in Pittsburgh, Pa. The many Irish oriented events that comprise a distinctive part of the ethnic fabric of the area have a place here to be promoted and coordinated. Visitors to the area can easily see all things Irish in Pittsburgh and take advantage of its rich and exciting heritage.
  • The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh: (
    This organization promotes mutual understanding between the Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland and supports job creation throughout all of Ireland. The Ireland Institute has a three-year training program in the Pittsburgh region.
    1601 Marys Street
    Pittsburgh PA 15215
    Phone: 412-394-3900
  • Irish Nationality Room Committee, University of Pittsburgh:
    This civic group supports the cultural activities and intercultural exchange programs associated with the beautiful Irish classroom, one of 26 designed in the national style of the ethnic groups that have settled in Pittsburgh, all located in the University of Pittsburgh's towering Cathedral of Learning. The committee awards an annual scholarship for summer travel and study in Ireland.

Honorary Consul of Ireland: James Lamb
Phone: 412-394-3900
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For over a century, Italians have played a major role in the development of Pittsburgh. From the capital of steel and ethnic groups to the city of universities, transplants, robotics and multi-national companies; Pittsburgh has undergone more than one Renaissance.

The Italian/Italian-American community is one of the largest in the region. The various associations reflect the needs and interests of every citizen and his/her descendants. The Columbus Day Parade in Pittsburgh is the second largest in the country. Artifacts and oral history are housed in the Italian-American Collection of the Senator John Heinz History Center. Radio Italia welcomes you daily with news and music from Italy. There are also a few radio programs for the Italian-American community. Study abroad and exchange programs in Italy are hosted by Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh (and scholarships are available through the Italian Nationality Room). Numerous are the achievements of the Italian and Italian-American community here.

More information about Italian Heritage and Culture in the United States can be found at

  • Heinz History Center: Italian American Collection:  (
    Founded in 1990, the Italian American Collection is one of the largest repositories of Italian-American artifacts, photographs, oral histories, and archival materials in the United States. It is dedicated to documenting, preserving, and interpreting the history and culture of Western Pennsylvania's Italian Americans through exhibitions, educational programs, publications, and community outreach.

Honorary Consul of Italy: Dr. Carla E. Lucente
Phone: 412-765-0273
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The first Lithuanians settled in Pittsburgh in 1871, but the community did not really begin to grow until 1884. The large influx of immigrants from Lithuania that began in the late 1860s was due to the emancipation of the serfs in 1861, an unsuccessful revolt against Czarist Russia in 1863, the famine from 1867 to 1868, and the beginning of the universal conscription into the Russian Army in 1874. On arrival, the immigrants were then drawn to the steel mills and the soft coal mines of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.

Many thriving Lithuanian communities built churches in their neighborhoods, the oldest being St. Casimir in the South Side, built in 1893. Though many Lithuanian communities had developed around Pittsburgh, the South Side became a prominent neighborhood for many families; it had become a working man's community and many immigrant families had settled there.

  • Lithuanian Citizens Society of Western PA: (
    Founded in 1912, it is the largest Lithuanian organization in the Pittsburgh area. Its mission is to provide Lithuanian educational and cultural opportunities to the Pittsburgh community, and to provide assistance to deserving charitable, cultural, and educational institutions, the members of which are of Lithuanian descent.
    904 Coal Valley Rd.
    Jefferson Hills, PA 15205
    Phone: 412-481-5500


Polish settlers first arrived in Pittsburgh in 1885, a strong influx that continued for a decade. Seeking a stable home life for their families away from the smoke, noise and bustle of the valley, these people migrated up the steep slopes and created the neighborhood we know as Polish Hill.

Their roots firmly entrenched in Polskie Gory (Polish Hill); the settlers placed utmost importance on passing on their Eastern European values to the next generation. And so, in 1896, construction of the Immaculate Heart of Mary School and Church began. Easily the most recognizable landmark in the neighborhood due to its three magnificent copper domes, the church was at the heart of most social engagements. The parish grew from 493 families in 1896 to 1,000 families in 1922, and to 1,350 families in 1945. Today the Polish community is scattered in many other neighborhoods.

  • Polish Cultural Council: (
    Showcases the best in Polish arts and sciences and promotes unity among the region's Polish American community.
    P.O. Box 81054
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217-0554
    Phone: 412-871-3347


  • Polish Hill Civic Association of Pittsburgh: (
    A non-profit organization whose mission is to serve as a referral resource for the residents of Polish Hill by accurately responding to and taking action on questions, comments and concerns on topics such as housing, safety, beautification, and public image.
    3060 Brereton Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    Phone: 412-681-1950

Honorary Consul of Poland: Dr. Jan Napoleon Saykiewicz
Phone: 412-396 6234
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In addition to the Russian ethnic community settled by immigrants in the early part of the 20th century, recent waves of immigrants and refugees from the former Soviet Union have added to the Russian-speaking population of Pittsburgh. The latter population numbers about 3,000. These newest Russian-speaking immigrants settled primarily in Squirrel Hill and Greenfield, although many have moved to the suburbs.

This is a vibrant community, engaged in a wide variety of professions (including small business ownership, engineering, health care, computer science and almost any other profession that comes to mind). Russian-language TV is available in Pittsburgh. In addition, there are a number of other cultural resources. For example, there is a small Russian library at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. Russian movies can be rented at the Russian food market. Music groups and theater groups from Russia are invited to perform here, and there are some small local groups that meet to discuss cultural topics.

  • Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, University of Pittsburgh:
    University Center for International Studies
    4400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260
  • Kiev: Russian and Eastern European Grocery Store:
    4223 Murray Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    Phone: 412- 521-4303
  • Gourmet Market: The Ultimate in European Food
    2733 Murray Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    Phone: 412-521-0686


From the Scandinavian communities, possibly the first arrive were the Fins that settled in the Monessen/Charleroi area along the Monongehela. They came to that area, many over a relatively short span of time, to work in the mining and steel industry. Something similar was the case of the Swedes in Braddock/Swissvale, PA.


Many of the early 18th and 19th century Serbian Orthodox pioneers in America immigrated to the Pittsburgh area from the Lika and Kordun areas of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire to seek their fortunes in the steel mills, coal mines, railroads, agricultural pursuits and entrepreneurship.  A large majority of the steel working families settled in the “Flats” of today’s South Side, found in huge concentrations from 20th to 32nd streets.  Once one family got settled, it arranged for other family members to come from the "Old Country".

Today, our strong-work-ethic and vibrant Serbian-Americans of Pittsburgh are leading the country as robotic engineers, university professors, pharmacists, poets, authors & playwrights, beloved teachers, chief operating officers of large corporations, and dedicated, philanthropic businessmen and women.

  • American Serb Club of Pittsburgh: (
    Serbian immigrants who settled on the South Side of Pittsburgh founded the Club in 1933. Today the Club still serves as a central gathering point for Serbians and the local community, and the Club is considered "Pittsburgh's Srpska Kafana” where music can be enjoyed many Fridays at our “Srpska Noc”, and at various special events throughout the year.
    2524 Sarah Street
    Pittsburgh, PA  15203
    Phone: 412-431-9351
  • Serb National Federation: (
    615 Iron City Drive
    Suite 302
    Pittsburgh, PA 15205

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The first wave of Slovak immigrants came to the Pittsburgh region in the 1890s. It is estimated that close to 100,000 came to this area looking for work and a chance for a better life. The National Slovak Society, the first fraternal benefit organization in America, was found in Pittsburgh in 1890, to help these new citizens financially and socially. Churches and schools were built in each neighborhood were Slovaks lived. It is estimated that by 1920, there were 28 Catholic Slovak churches many with adjoining schools and social halls. The Slovak Lutherans also founded their own churches and organizations. The Byzantine or Greek Catholics from Slovakia also established their own places of worship.

Even though the neighborhood churches are gone, the young American Slovaks look to the Slovak fraternal societies and the cultural organizations to keep their heritage alive. The University of Pittsburgh has a permanently endowed Slovak Program within the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature. This was established and funded by the Slovak Fraternal organization.

According to the 2000 U.S. census, there are 797,764 people of Slovak heritage living in the United States. Pennsylvania ranks first of the 50 states with 243,009 (30.5%) of these residents. Metropolitan Pittsburgh has 105,525, making it the #1 city in the world for people of Slovak heritage outside of Slovakia itself.

  • National Slovak Society of the USA: (
    Its mission is to unite persons of Slovak and Slavic ancestry and their non-Slav friends and relatives in a fraternal benefit society.
    351 Valley Brook Road
    McMurray, PA 15317-3337
  • The Slovak Club, University of Pittsburgh: (
    The University of Pittsburgh's Slovak Club invites all interested parties to participate in its activities. You may learn more about upcoming events by visiting the website.

The Honorary Consul of Slovakia: Mr. Joseph T. Senko
Phone: 888-SLOVAKS
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We are students and we are professionals. We are temporary visitors, permanent residents, and everything in between. We work hard, but we also like to go out and have a good time. We come from Barcelona, Cádiz, Málaga, Madrid, Pamplona, Bilbao, Sevilla, Valencia, and many other Spanish cities and towns. Pittsburgh has its own charm, which is why "Los De Pata Negra" feel right at home here.


The Swiss American Society of Pittsburgh was founded in 1962 and chartered as a not-for-profit Pennsylvania Corporation in 1966. Currently, the membership consists of approximately 75 families mostly from Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities, but we have a small number of members living outside the area.
The Society has been actively promoting the construction of a Swiss classroom at the University of Pittsburgh, Cathedral of Learning, and is assisting with the fund raising.

The Honorary Consul of Switzerland: Dr. Heinz W. Kunz
Phone: 412-967-6038
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Although a number of Turkish immigrants came to Pittsburgh before the 1950s, the community started to grow slowly in 1960s, and rapidly in the mid to late 1980s. During the last 15 years, Turkish grocery stores, restaurants and craft shops have increased in number. Turkish immigrants came to Pittsburgh mainly as students or for business.

  • Turkish Cultural Center Pennsylvania: (
    The Turkish Cultural Center Pittsburgh (TCCP) is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of Turkish Culture in Pittsburgh and the United States. TCCP strengthens the social bond between Pittsburghers by regularly organizing activities and events.
    1459 Crane Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15220
  • Pittsburgh Turkish-American Association: (
    P.O. Box 7545
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Phone: 412-856-5616


The first Ukrainians arrived in Pittsburgh in 1880, attracted by job offers in local mines and steel mills. The community quickly grew, attracting significant numbers of immigrants from each of the four major waves of immigration from Ukraine (1880 - 1914; 1920s; 1950s; and 1991 - present). Today, more than 40,000 people in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area trace their heritage to Ukraine. The largest areas of Ukrainian settlement today are located in Carnegie, the South Side, McKees Rocks, McKeesport, and Ambridge/Aliquippa.