Salute 2014-Update

On October 8, 2014, in News & Announcements, by Jan King

UPDATE: Salute 2014   August 14-15, 2014:


400 wedding posters from SUA members and non-members alike, were on exhibit at Vermilion College in Ely, MN. Weddings dated from 1897 -2013 with hundreds ndreds of Minnesotan/Slovenians participating in this preservaton project.

The weddings, each a visual document in Minnesota history, each life influenced directly or indirectly by Monsignor Joseph F. Buh Patriarch of the Duluth Diocesen, Vicar General. The exhibit is an amplified, outward announcement as to the influence of the Slovenian heritage in Minnesota.

Today, weddings photos continue to arrive, and so the project will  continue with no deadline.

I feel assured that spirited Minnesota SUA members and non-members alike will take it upon themselves to each submit 1-2 more wedding photos. I look forward to receiving them. For submitting photos, see procedure information below.

Digital copies of the wedding posters will be placed in the following repositories: Ely-Winton Historical Society, Iron Range Historical Society, St. Louis County Historical County

The National and University Library of Ljubljana (NUK) and the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum have requested the wedding project for their archives.

Mary Lou Deyak Voelk


Its Who You Are”  

  Vermilion Community College, Ely, Minnesota    August 15, 2014

           Wanted: Wedding Photos!

This is an opportune time in our history to document Slovenian American influence in Minnesota. 3-4 generations have passed since the first Slovenian immigrants arrived.  With the  SUA 4 branches in Minnesota working on the project, it can happen.

Submit scanned family wedding photos for this historical preservation project; great grandparents, grandparents, parents, yours truly, your children, grandchildren. Each submitted photo will be exhibited in poster format at Salute 2014. Digitized copies will be deposited at the Slovenian Union of America, Ely-Winton Historical Society, Iron Range Historical Society, St. Louis County Historical Society and the National and University Library in Ljubljana.

Celebrate your heritage, it’s who you are!

Follow this procedure:   (see attached wedding poster)

  1. Bride and/or groom who were either born or raised, or married in Minnesota and of Slovenian ancestry

2.   Scan photos; save in jpg form

3.   Include as much of the following information: (see attached wedding poster)

Name of bride and groom; include bride’s surname


4. Town, church, date  and officiant

EX: St. Anthony Church, Rev. Fr Joseph Buh

Ely, Minnesota

August 8, 1924

5.   Name of the wittnesses , if known ( L TO R:)

6.   *No deadline for submitting scanned photographs; this is a preservation project.*

7.   Do you have a wedding dress for the exhibit? Contact Mary Lou



  1. Accepting wedding photo from any year, 1800’s to 2014! There is no limit to the number of wedding photos submitted.
  2. Do not have to be a member of the SUA. Everyone welcome to become part of this collection.   Any other question? contact  Mary Lou.

Mary Lou Deyak Voelk   (251-968-4364 home)


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