TARG Website's Past
Homepage Photos Archive
(from December 2011)
(From April 2011)
A Very Happy Easter
(From November 2010)
As we honor our
Veterans, let us remember Michael Strank born in the TARG village
of Jarabina, just outside Stara Lubovna, Slovakia. Years later
it was Sergeant Mike who led his men up Iwo Jima's Mt. Suribachi
to raise the flag in this now famous photo. He was killed the
next day by a mortar round.
(from February 2010)
Farewell to Two Beloved
Neil Durrant Bingham
October 31, 1928 to October 5, 2009 ~ Jarislav Adalbert Vojtanek
July 20, 1915 to January 30, 2010
(from July 2009)
The Bazilika Panny Marie on a hill
north of Levoca, Slovakia. This was the view out of my room in the 500-year-old
Hotel Barbakan located in the center of the ancient city of Levoca
June 1, 2009.
(from May 2009)
Spring Comes to Polish Spisz!
Sylwia & Judyka
Plucinski, dressed in their traditional Goral costumes, are seen
here enjoying the flowers and beautiful weather.
is the new Slovak stamp issued for Easter 2009. It includes the
scent of the yellow Easter Daffodil imbedded in it as well as
the mark of the Euro. Slovakia converted over from the Koruna
to the Euro in January.
(from January 2009)
A Happy New Year
(Photo taken a
little distance out of Habovka, Orava, Slovakia.)
(from August 2008)
The main bridge across the Bialka
River linking the towns of Bukowina Tatrzanska and Czarna Gora
in Polish Spisz gave way on July 25, 2008 after many days of
heavy rains. Torrential rains in many of the towns and villages
in our TARG region have led to evacuations and heavy property
(from July 4, 2008)
Anna Agnes Vojtanek was born July
4, 1908 in Slanica, Orava county, Slovakia. She immigrated as
a child with her parents to the United States and later became
a U.S. citizen. She would have been 100 years old today.
the beloved grandmother of TARG founder Paul Bingham, and his
inspiration. The photo was taken in July 1978. Anne passed away
early in 1990 at the age of 81.)
(from June 2008)
(from April & May 2008)
The days grow
longer, the foothill snows recede, and the cheery crocus bulbs
begin to bloom.
Spring at long last returns to
& March 2008)
(PL) Veselu Vel'ku Noc! (SK) Happy Easter! (ENG)
Village Easter Procession in Jurgow,
Poland. (Photo by Lucjan Soltys)
& January 2008)
for a Happy New Year 2008 to all of you in Slovak and Polish!
thru November 2007)
- Two new gorale:
Jacob and Sarah Batt, born August 24, 2007 to TARG founder Paul
Bingham's daughter and son-in-law. The new grandpa had to share!
- Proud parents
and grandparents gather in the little parish church in Rzepiska,
Poland, for the Christening of Lucjan and Maria Soltys new baby
daughter Malgosia born on July 30, 2006. Our congratulations
- Just like 2006, these furry
white Tatra Mountain Sheepdog pups are only a few weeks old.
The breed's origin is from Podhale and are known locally as "Owczarek
Podhalanski". Like the Goral shepherds, their masters, these
pups will one day be tough, adaptive, hearty, brave, courageous,
fiercely loyal, intelligent, friendly, good with families and
children, accustomed to hard work, and any type of weather. These
dogs will grow to around 150 lbs. and be tireless guards, love
the outdoors, and will, if called upon, give their life to protect
their masters, their flocks or their property from wolves, bears
or intruders. Though rare, they are becoming popular all over
Europe. The breed was introduced to North America in 1980 and
can be found now both in the U.S. and Canada.
LEFT: Christmastime and Hanukkah in
the Tatras over a century ago was a time to celebrate and a time
to be with family -- much the same as it is today!
A snowy night just before Christmas 2005 at a Tatra Village's
Roman Catholic church. (picture courtesy of Lucjan Soltys)
(From November 2005) A Thanksgiving
Day shot of the Tatras and their first taste of Winter.
(Our thanks to Lucjan Soltys for providing this photo.)
(from Sept 2005) Under the dual monarchy known as the
Austrian-Hungarian Empire, Austria once ruled over most of the
TARG villages that are now in Poland. They were part of the Austrian
Crownland known as Galicia (or in German "Galizien").
Its capital was Lemberg, currently in the Ukrainian city of L'viv
(35). Governed mostly by Polish aristocrats, Galicia was the most
populous of the Crownlands and also the most impoverished, leading
to many of our ancestors emigrating, heading to North America
and elsewhere in search of a better life. TARG members can expect
to find family in what were the districts of Bochnia (3), Limanowa
(33), Myslenice (39), Nowy Sacz (42), Nowy Targ (43), Wadowice
(67), Wieliczka (68), and Zywiec (74).
This special historical
district map was prepared for us by historian and genealogist
Timothy C. Parrott.
(From August 2005 TARG Homepage) What are ancient Inca drawings and artifacts doing
on the TARG Website? Well, a long-standing mystery of Niedzica
Castle stems from the location of treasure locked in the "Quipu/Khipu"
or Incan string records left by a castle noble's wife, herself
an Incan princess. Scientists are now beginning to make headway
in deciphering the writings such strings hold. For more see the
article in the August 11, 2005 issue of "Science Magazine", or this online report by "New Scientist"
July 2005 Homepage) Like
having a sense of humor and being tough, longevity seems to be
another trait among the Goral. My Uncle Jaraslav Vojtanek (above)
just celebrated his 90th birthday July 20th. His favorite gift?
The new "Harry Potter" book. He's read all of them!
(Uncle Jerry is the one who beat cancer two years ago. Photo
by Paul Bingham)