​Gypsy Violins​

​Hungarian Slovak Gypsies in America

​by Steve PIskor

The first Cleveland Roma arrived in the United States in 1887, they settled in the Woodland-Buckeye road area.  In the early 1900s they moved to the E.9th and Scovill Ave. Then to Cleveland's near west side where they remained for the next 80 years.  By the 1920s Cleveland had the largest population of Hungarian Gypsies.  The Hungarian population was also the largest in the United States, second to Budapest.  By the mid 1980s Cleveland's population of Hungarian Slovak Gypsies was almost lost completely.  Today what was once the largest population of Hungarian Slovak Gypsies in America, most moved to the cities of Detroit, Chicago and Las Vegas, all but  just a handfull of Roma are still there.

                  This book is a History of their lives, their talent, who they were and their contribution to the United States of America.
 I started researching Gypsies in general over 35 years ago, When I began my genealogy studies I started to find information about these Gypsies, and the information I was finding was amazing.  The family tree research is great to find, but only of interest to the family.  This find is of interest to America and Europe.
               Over 130 years of documented historical history of a group of people that needs to be recognized for what they did.
There were many authors, publications, journals, newspapers, television and radio information about these Gypsies, the problem with that was it was spread out with one not knowing of the other.
              This book puts it all together to tell their story .  This group of Gypsies were talented musicians and known throughout the United States.
                 There are many newspaper articles that documented a  
tradition that is well over 300 years old, and today in America it is  gone.  Many people ask, what happened to the Gypsy Musicians?  This book will tell you of the great heritage they had and how they lost it.
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Cleveland, OH