Follow emigrant’s life story from Czechoslovakia to Greenwich

Heidi Hupal shares her family’s treasured mementoes with visitors to the Byram Shubert Library.

Heidi Hupal shares her family’s treasured mementoes with visitors to the Byram Shubert Library.

“One Woman’s Journey to America,” the current display at the Byram Shubert Library, chronicles the bravery and determination of Maria Mukera who traveled alone from a small town in Czechoslovakia to “East Port Chester, Connecticut.”

In this exhibit, her great granddaughter, Heidi Hupal, has filled a case in the library’s main reading room and the shelves in the conference room with mementos of Ms. Mukera, her husband George Turanec, their children and grandchildren.

A suitcase containing beautiful traditional Slovak costumes was found in the farthest corner of the attic at 18 Berrian Place in Byram when the family homestead was sold. Fabrics, photos and documents form a visual history of the Byram that was, including the Sokol, New Lebanon School, Greenwich High School, passports and naturalization papers.

Everyone is invited to enjoy this free exhibit chronicling an extended family’s place in town. It will remain on display at the library, 21 Mead Avenue, until the end of May.

For more information call 203-531-0426.

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