Vanka Lectures




March 22nd, 2018

Church Opens: 5:30pm
Lecture: 6:00pm
Light refreshments courtesy of Tupelo Honey Teas to follow in the Church Hall.
St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church

This presentation is made possible through the generosity of Claudia Davidson.

Admission is free.

Click here to register for the Vanka Lecture.


Donations to support The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka‘s mission to save, preserve and share the unique murals of Maxo Vanka through preservation, education and celebration will be greatly appreciated.

Please note: Onsite parking is extremely limited. Ride-sharing is highly recommended.


Norvelt, the small New Deal community in Westmoreland County shares a common history with the Millvale Murals: both were created during the Great Depression at a time of despair and hopelessness. And both offered those who experienced them a sense of hope, a vision of a more just and equal world, and a path forward.

The Millvale Murals and Norvelt have other aspects in common as well. Maxo Vanka and many of the original settlers in Norvelt were from Croatia or other parts of Eastern Europe. They were Catholic, and many of them had been miners. What both Norvelt and the murals demonstrate is that through faith, commitment, solidarity, and plain hard work, people can create beauty, new and better lives, and a more just society.

Michael Cary, Tim Kelly (left), and Margaret Power (right), the authors of Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt and the Struggle for Community during the Great Depression, will share with you the story of Norvelt.

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