A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

All Roads Lead to Jackson

Serbian American Contributions in Amador County, California, since the Gold Rush
Milina Jovanović offers a unique compilation of individual and family immigration stories that include enormous contributions to the development of California and significant community involvement. In this version of people’s history she chronicles how Serbian Americans have strengthened community, region, state, and country through the endeavors and struggles of 150 years. This book also focuses on women’s contributions that are too often overlooked. Ms. Jovanović’s study reveals that Jackson not only remains an original and symbolic home to Serbian Americans and Serbian Orthodox religion, but also an oasis where the Serbian community has preserved its positive reputation and social influence.

From editorial reviews:

Here is a book that gives us an accurate and engaging picture of the Serbs, an intelligent, tolerant, and democratic people. Here we can see how Serbian-Americans helped lead the way in the development of a viable and valuable society in California from Gold Rush days to modern times.
- Michael Parenti, author of "The Face of Imperialism", "To Kill a Nation: The Attack on Yugoslavia" and many other books

Every ethnic group in America deserves as fine a study as this about its contributions to the United States, but none more so than Serbian-Americans, whose achievements until this book have remained largely in the shadow of obscurity and discrimination resulting from a one-sided view of the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
- Joe Lauria, journalist and author of "Political Odyssey"

Jackson, California has long held a special place in the Serbian American community. In the deeply researched All Roads Lead to Jackson Milina Jovanović tells that story, expertly weaving together oral history with sociological and historical analysis. Here is the beautifully told account of an immigrant community that reaches back to the Gold Rush days.
- Greg Elich, Balkan expert, author of "Strange Liberators"


People Directory

Oksana Germain

Oksana Germain, age 17, has been studying classical piano for 12 years. Her love of classical music was obvious from a very young age. Eagerly requesting piano lessons at age five, Oksana began learning locally with Mrs. Vera Rathje and Mrs. Yulia Atoyan. At age 13, Oksana was accepted as a student of world-renowned pedagogue and pianist, the late Dr. Vitaly Margulis, professor at UCLA. She continued her piano studies under Professor Margulis' tutelage until his passing in 2011. Since that time, Oksana has been studying with the dedicated and gifted, international pianist, Dr. Sarkis Baltaian of Los Angeles.

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Publishing

In the Mirror

A Collection of Iconographic Essays and Illustrations

By Fr. Stamatis Skliris

The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America is pleased to announce the publication of an outstanding book by Fr. Stamatis Skliris, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologians Archimandrite Justin Popovich and Bishop Athanasius Yevtich. Fr. Stamatis is a parish priest in Athens and is renowned as an iconographer and as a writer and lecturer on Byzantine iconography.

In the Mirror is the second of a planned collection of works of contemporary theologians. It is an anthology of Fr. Stamatis’ articles which have appeared in Greek and Serbian. In it, he combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant expression of faith through the experience of Christ in the Church. The book is adorned with more than 200 striking icons and illustrations by Fr. Stamatis.

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