Danica Duletich, Father Bratislav Krsic, John Sepcevich, Milan Marsenich, and Marko Lucich discuss the history of Serbian immigration to Butte, Montana, during the 20th century. Marsenich shares the story of how his father and uncle came to Montana, and then Butte. Duletich recalls immigrating as a young woman with a four-year-old son to meet her husband who was working in the Butte mines. All five interviewees discuss the different Serbian lodges in Butte, how membership was determined by what part of Serbia you were originally from, and the Serbian Orthodox Church’s role in the Serbian community. Father Krsic details the role of the church, noting that the Serbian church in Butte, was the only one in the Northwest for much of early 20th century. The interviewees discuss World War One and World War Two in Europe and how it affected Serbian immigration and family members who chose to remain in the old country. They also describe customs such as slavas and kums, and daily life in Butte for Serbian immigrants. They briefly mention their community's relationship with other immigrant groups in Butte.
Butte, Montana; Ellis Island, New York; Serbian immigration, United States; Taft, Montana; Montenegro; Serbia; Yugoslavia; Croatia; Boka, Yugoslavia; Boka, Montenegro; Serbian Benevolent Society; Bokelian Brotherhood; Anaconda Copper Company; Petrovich, Bill; World War, 1914-1918; Slava; Circle of Serbian Sisters; World War, 1939-1945; Warm Springs, Montana; Kum; Mining; Prosveta Lodge; Montenegro Lodge; Srpsko Jedinstvo Lodge; Early Days: Serbian Settlers in America; Ottoman Empire; Wedding traditions; Balkan Wars, 1912-1913; Turkish army; Gusle; Pasha
Serbian Immigrants in Butte Oral History Project, OH 420, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (90 min.) analog + 1 transcript (41 p.: 28 cm.)
Duletich, Danica; Krsic, Bratislav Bratso; Sepcevich, John; Marsenich, Milan; and Lucich, Marko, "Danica Duletich, Bratislav Bratso Krsic, John Sepcevich, Milan Marsenich, and Marko Lucich Interview, February 22, 2003" (2003). Serbian Immigrants in Butte Oral History Project. 1.