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Old 03-09-2018, 07:00 AM   #1
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Back at it here with a new series of books.

"Macedonians of America" series contain biographies of some of the most interesting, dedicated and successful Macedonians in the United States. My hope with these books is to provide Macedonians in the Diaspora with motivation to become better individuals, more involved in their communities, and to pass on their Macedonian culture and identity to their children. I will be releasing the books throughout the upcoming year. All profits from these books, like my previous books, will be donated. I am splitting the donations between St. Mary's Macedonian Orthodox Church in Detroit and the St. Mary's Macedonian Athletic Club. We have hopes to build and extend the cultural center in Detroit to include a gym and other recreational/cultural facilities.

This first book is on David Nakoff and is titled "David Nakoff: Leader of Steelton's Macedonians and Founder of the First Macedonian-American Orthodox Church." The Reverend Nakoff was born in Veles and eventually became ordained as a Bulgarian priest. He came to Pennsylvania in 1915 to lead the Macedono-Bulgarian church in Steelton. However, a series of events (including fights with the MPO and the Bulgarian church, which caused severe splinters in his congregation) resulted in him leading most of his congregation to create the first Macedonian-American Orthodox Church, under the jurisdiction of the American Orthodox Church, in the late 1930s, 30 years before the MOC declared its independence.

Nakoff started out with a Bulgarian mentality, likely due to his education at the Bulgarian church, but eventually shook off the Bulgarian propaganda and began identifying only as Macedonian. Nakoff was also an advocate for the needy (especially children), a labor activist, a member of the American Slav Congress, and was well-respected by Macedonians and Pennsylvanians alike.

Like most books in this series, it's more than a biography. It also highlights the Steelton Macedonian community throughout the early 20th century.

You can buy the book on Amazon in either Kindle or paperback form. It is 100 pages long. Thanks!

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...s%2Ck%3Anakoff
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Old 03-11-2018, 09:27 AM   #3
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Thanks Niko. There are a good number of photos on him out there.

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Nakoff in 1931 with participants in Vodici celebrations. Nakoff led Vodici for about 25 years. A chapter in my book is about these celebrations, as there were very few places outside of Macedonia during this time (1910s to 1930s) that had such celebrations (where divers would compete from the cross), and one of them was in Steelton, Pennsylvania.

They would dive in the local river (Susquehanna). Some years, in order to hold the festivities, they had to dynamite the ice because it was so thick. Other years, hundreds of people would walk onto the river and it would give way, throwing hundreds of people into a rushing river. Another year they had to send a rescue boat to rescue an American observer who was so excited that he decided to jump in after the cross without telling anyone he would participate.

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Hi all,

Here's my second book in the Macedonians of America series. This one is about Demetrius Vishanoff. You can find the book at the following link, either in paperback or Kindle form. It is a short 60-page read, but jam-packed with information.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...Ck%3Avishanoff

Demetrius Vishanoff, the son of a Macedonian nobleman, was forced to leave his home and country after converting to Protestantism. With the help of American missionaries in Macedonia, he arrived in America in the 1880s and proceeded to finance his twelve years of education by telling the story of his conversion. Vishanoff desired to return to his native Macedonia to practice homeopathic medicine and spread the message of Christ among his people, but he never made it back. He remained in America until his death, recounting his Macedonian story to tens of thousands of eager listeners in over 100 cities and a dozen states.

Vishanoff’s story is not only inspiring and informative, but it confirms that the Macedonian identity is separate from all other Balkan identities and is not a modern creation. Vishanoff insisted he was a Macedonian who spoke the Macedonian language and even claimed he was a descendant of Alexander the Great. In Vishanoff’s life story, we can all find hope and encouragement in an age where intolerance and misinformation have a stronghold on the minds and hearts of many.

Hope you enjoy this book as I continue to fulfill this little hobby of mine on writing about Macedonian-Americans. Stay tuned for the next book, which should probably be done sometime late next month.
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