Eastern European Immigrants of Madison County: Traditions from Home
Madison County Historical Society
Presenter Marvin Moehle of Granite City is the grandson of Macedonian immigrants who played a major role in his life. They taught him the native language, traditions, folklore, and the village culture of his ancestors. As a child, he took an interest in ethnography, preserving the traditions, stories, and culture of the peoplein his Lincoln Place neighborhood in Granite City. While still in school he began recording the stories of early immigrants in his neighborhood and collecting traditional folk clothing and other items immigrants brought with them to the New World. Moehle owns one of the largest private collections of folk clothing in the United States and Canada. He has often exhibited his collections and has given programs related to the collections for organizations, universities, and museums. The costumes he will bring to the presentation include typical work clothes, festival costumes, and mourning clothes that represent traditional Christian and Muslim costumes of Macedonia, Croatia, and Roma cultures. Most are village costumes from the late 1800s and early 1900s. He invites visitors to come early to watch and ask questions as he sets up a display representing a portion of his collection.
Immanuel United Methodist Church
800 North Main Street
Edwardsville, Illinois (Map)