On November 18, 2015, the Kubek Project and the Mahanoy Area Historical Society hosted Professor Paul Robert Magocsi (University of Toronto) and Professor Valerii Padiak (University of Prešov, Slovakia) in Mahanoy City. Professor Magocsi was one of the first scholars to analyze the work of Emil Kubek in his essay “Rusyn-American Literature” (1978), and Professor Padiak teaches a course on Kubek’s work in the Institute for Rusyn Language and Culture at the University of Prešov. Professor Padiak also commissioned a new portrait of Kubek by V. Skakandyi and included Kubek in a series of trading cards featuring the 100 most influential Carpatho-Rusyns.
Professors Magocsi and Padiak toured the Mahanoy Area Historical Society, West Railroad Street, St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, John Žinčak Smith’s Mansion, and St. Mary’s Cemetery. Ron Andruscavage (WVIA) filmed the visit for a documentary he is making on Kubek’s life an work.
The highlight of the tour for the guests was undoubtedly John Žinčak Smith’s mansion, where its owners Michael Cheslock and Gary Senavites discussed how they have preserved the memory of the Smith family.