|United Moravian Societies
| This year, our organization is observing its 72nd year of promoting
Czech, Slovak and Moravian folklore by demonstrating the ethnic
customs of folk dancing, singing, storytelling and crafting. We are also
involved in benevolent work and the observance of memorials. Our
organization was founded in 1939 and consisted of 41 delegates
representing twenty two Czechoslovak ethnic clubs and societies.
The first Moravian Day festival was held on September 24th, 1939
in Pilsen Park, Chicago, Illinois. On that day 26th Street blossomed in
the splendor of Moravian costumes, bands, floats and horses as the
great parade progressed from Pulaski Road to Pilsen Park. The event
was viewed and applauded by thousands of bystanders; thus began the
annual tradition of Moravian Day; which even now, is a gathering of all
Moravian, Czech and Slovak peoples from the metropolitan Chicago
area, as well as the many others who travel each year from all parts of
the United States, Canada as well as the Czech and Slovak Republics
to join in the celebration of their heritage.
Today, our organization consists of one club. We are still proud to
carry on the traditions of our founding members and hope our newest
generations will always know of the pride we have in our culture.