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Our Friends, Partners, and Contributors

On the occasion of the lecture entitled “With Memories from the Past and Hope for the Future: A Shared Heritage” in Chicago, IL on June 14 and the preparation and presentation of the Virtual Museum of Bulgarians in North America, the American Research Center in Sofia would like to thank the following contributors:

  • Simeon Stoilov, Consular General of Bulgaria in Chicago, for the honor of being the patron of the event
  • Journalists Nasya Kralevska-Owens and Kliment Velichkov for contributing their interviews with prominent immigrants
  • Philip Philipov and Nasya Kralevska-Owens for contributing the first personal biographic narratives illustrated with photos for the website
  • Boyanka Ivanova for donating her personal collection of photos on Bulgarian immigration to Chicago and other materials that helped launch the website
  • Painters Kina Bagovska and Vasilen Vasevski for participating in the event with an exhibition of their paintings and other materials
  • The Bulgarian Museum Association of Chicago represented by Elena Tabakova and Ilina Sirakova for contributing an exhibition of artefacts from the museum’s fund
  • The “John Atanasoff” Bulgarian Language School for contributing an exhibition and a documentary on Bulgarian emigration during the lecture
  • The България сега and България newspapers and the EuroChicago media portal for their media coverage and assistance
  • Professor Nikolay Nenov and Desislava Tiholova from the District Historical Museum of Rousse, Professor Ana Luleva and Professor Albena Georgieva from the Ethnology and Folklore Institute with Ethnographic Museum – BAS, Professor Evelina Kelbecheva of the American University in Bulgaria, and Professor Margarita Karamihova of the University of Veliko Tarnovo for their specialized consultations
  • The Rodina Bulgarian Center in Chicago and Vanya Nalbantova of the Institute of Cyrillic Languages for spreading the news about the website and the event through their social networks

Special thanks go to the Mehanata Restaurant in Chicago for sponsoring the event’s cocktail party.


Mehanata Restaurant, interior


Mehanata Restaurant, outdoors patio