Author Archives: Brian Belensky

Homemade Slovak Food for Svätý Mikuláš – Order by Sunday, November 28, 2021

As part of the Svätý Mikuláš festivities this year, SASW is pleased to offer for sale traditional Slovak foods, as well as evergreen table centerpieces, all made by Danka (“the gingerbread lady”). All food and centerpiece orders must be placed by 10pm on Sunday, November 28, and payment must be made in advance. Pick-up will take place in […]

A Virtual Svätý Mikuláš Party – Sunday, December 5, 2021

Please join us on Sunday, December 5th, for a virtual celebration of the tradition of Svätý Mikuláš, in the comfort of your home via Zoom, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Our program will include: a live special presentation from Slovakia by Global Slovakia on holiday traditions and music; Slovak Ambassador Radovan Javorčík reading a Slovak folk tale; the presentation of the Matula Service Award; and, of […]

2021 Matula Award Winner – Kathryn Tatko

The SASW board is pleased to announce Kathryn Tatko as the winner of this year’s Matula Award. Kathryn was a founding member of the SASW and has served as president (2008-2011), vice president (1996-1997), and treasurer (1998-2004).  She was a driving force behind the establishment of the SASW’s long-running City University scholarship fund, a cause to which she […]

SASW Speakers’ Series: Seven Slovak Women – Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Slovak American Society of Washington, D.C. presents: “Seven Slovak Women: Portraits of Courage, Humanism, and Enlightenment” with Josette Baer Saturday, October 23rd at 1:00pm EDT    To register for this event on the Zoom platform, please visit:  You can find the book at–slovak-women/9783838207087 If you have any questions about the event, please contact In her talk […]

“Beginning Slovak Genealogy” Recording Available Now on YouTube

A recording of our recent presentation, “Beginning Slovak Genealogy,” with Lisa Alzo is now available for viewing on YouTube at: This video will be available for public viewing until March 15, 2022. DCSlovaks Videos, the YouTube channel of the Slovak American Society, features more videos from our past speaker events.  Please subscribe to our […]

SASW Speakers’ Series: I Am a Brave Bridge – Thursday, September 9, 2021

The Slovak American Society of Washington, D.C. presents: “I Am a Brave Bridge: An American Girl’s Hilarious and Heartbreaking Year in the Fledgling Republic of Slovakia” with Sarah Hinlicky Wilson Thursday, September 9, 7:30pm EDT  To register for this event on the Zoom platform, please visit: You can find the book at If you have any questions […]

Book Review: The Emperor and the Peasant

Many books and articles have been written about the Great War and the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire, the end of the old monarchies and alliances in Europe, but this book is different. This book is written in an “upstairs-downstairs” style, according to the author, by telling the story of the events surrounding the Great […]

Stephen Matula Award Nominations for 2021

Dear Members, In September 2019, the SASW Board approved the creation of a service award in honor of our late member, Stephen Matula, to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Society. The criteria of this award could include board membership, committee assignments, leadership in SASW activities, and support of the SASW scholarship […]