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

John Dapcevich

John Evan Dapcevich (born September 26, 1926) is a retired state official in Alaska.

Dapcevich was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania in 1926 to Sam and Stana Dapcevich, immigrants from Montenegro, where his father worked in coal mines. The family moved to Juneau, Alaska in 1928 living with a Serbian community, with John entering school years later. He moved to Sitka, Alaska in 1960 where he served six terms as Mayor during a span of 20 years. During his time in office, Dapcevich successfully unified the city of Sitka city with various borough governments. Upon his retirement in 1995, he moved back to Juneau.

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He also served in the Alaska Public Offices Commission and Alaska Pioneers' Homes Advisory Board, serving under Governor Steve Cowper. In addition, he previously served in the Territorial Teachers' Retirement System and as a budget analyst in the territory's fiscal and budget management office. Dapcevich also chaired the Southeast Alaska Democratic Party and the State Central Council of the Alaska Democratic Party. He was awarded a lifetime achievement award by Governor Tony Knowles in 2003. He is married to Janice and currently resides in Juneau.

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Svetlana Meritt

Svetlana Meritt is a modern-day pilgrim. Twelve years ago, she left her career as a journalist, and with her late husband and mentor, Dwight Johnson, embarked on a journey of self-discovery through the continents of Europe, Africa, and Asia.

During her career as an American correspondent for a high-profile Serbian magazine – Illustrated Politics – Svetlana interviewed the Dalai Lama, Lawrence Eagleburger, Jon Voight, Laura Huxley, Yoko Ono, and Allan Ginsberg. On assignment to cover the Academy Awards, she interviewed Kevin Costner, Sophia Loren, and Giorgio Armani. She also wrote extensively about American life and society, and frequently published travel articles. She was the recipient of the Talented Young Journalist award in her native Belgrade. Svetlana has written one novel in English, Legacy of the Future (2002).

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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.

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