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Croatia to America - Preserving Our Croatian Heritage


Who: Slavonian American Benevolent Society. By the late nineteenth century America was the strongest industrialized nation in the world. She promised the opportunity of jobs, wages, and allowed freedom of national identity and religious expression. The lure for Croatians to emigrate was tantalizing, exciting, drenched in fear, and necessary. Portrayals of six founding families of the Slavonian American Benevolent Society illustrate the early struggles and rich legacies the Slavic population contributed to Old Town Tacoma and the Puget Sound region. The exhibit is a permanent installation in the Slavonian Hall and made possible by the Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Program.