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It has been two centuries since the first Serb, Đorđe Šagić, also known as Judge George Fisher, arrived to America through the Port of Philadelphia. The Tesla Science Foundation has been honored with organizing this historical celebration. The event will take place on Vidovdan, June 28th, 2014 in the city of Philadelphia, in front of the Independence Hall where both the declaration of American independence and the founding of the Constitution took place.
Đorđe Šagić had fought for the independence of Texas and Mexico, became a Justice of the Peace in Texas, and eventually moved to California where he was involved in building the first Orthodox churches. After Šagić, more than one million Serbian immigrants arrived to the U.S., settling initially in and around the cities of Pittsburgh and Chicago. Many Serbs became successful and respected citizens of the U.S.: nine Congressmen, six Oscar winners, four Pulitzer Prize winners, and many WWI and WWII heroes. Serbian immigrants and their descendents have built hundreds of Christian Orthodox churches across the country, where they gather to this day to preserve their ethnic and religious identity.
On Vidovan 2014 we will celebrate not only the arrival of the first Serb to America, we will also celebrate the contributions of all known and unknown men and women of Serbian heritage, Serbian organizations, and the Serbian Orthodox Church. We will present a number of cultural events on that day: a grand concert of the Serbian culture in the U.S., several exhibitions about Serbian immigrants, famous Serbs and organizations, as well as the uncovering of the Nikola Tesla bust donated by the Serbian government. A large Serbian fair of industry and tourism is also planned in Philadelphia’s Independence Park. We will also commemorate one hundred years since the beginning of the First World War, the war of freedom and sacrifice for the Serbian people, the war that engaged President Woodrow Wilson and Mihailo Pupin in mobilization of 16,000 Serbian immigrants in support of their brethren across the ocean.
The Tesla Science Foundation, as the honored organizer of this event, reminds you that this is Our celebration, the celebration of Serbian heritage, both past and future. This event will bring together representatives from the U.S., Serbia, and Republic of Srpska.
The Tesla Science Foundation invites you to join this historical celebration by presenting Your organization, group, or community; bring your artists, dancers, musicians, inventors, speakers, teachers, businessmen. Let’s present the most beautiful side of the Serbian People to the world, so we can leave no doubt in the eyes of the future generations that we did partake in building America and the world.
And so we will.
Contact the Tesla Science Foundation with your programs and proposal. This historical celebration will be eternalized through a book and a movie. We expect a large number of popular media outlets to cover this event.
Let us show our strength and focus so we can highlight Serbian cultural, business, scientific, and sport contributions to the American society and the world at large. We eagerly await your registration.

Nikola Lonchar
President of the Tesla Foundation
771 South 20 Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
On behalf of
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  • carlton ann d.

    Would love to honor Fran McCabe, who passed away suddenly on March 15, 2014 by starting a conversation on his life and how to keep his work going forward.

    Please lt me know if this is the correct place to post this info

    thank you
    Carlton ann

    March 23, 2014

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