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BELGRADE, SERBIA
Chicago’s Sister City Since 2005

Committee Chair: Pending

ABOUT BELGRADE - Fast Facts

Mayor: Dragan Djilas
Location:    South-Eastern Europe  
Geography:    Balkan Peninsula, near the merge of the Sava and Danube rivers  
History:    Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Its history lasts a full 7,000 years.
Industry:    Energy supply and processing equipment, industrial engineering, electronics and telecommunications  
Did You Know?  The area that is now modern day Belgrade was first settled by Celtic tribes during the 3rd Century BC and later became the Roman settlement of Singidunum.  
Flag Description:     Three equal horizontal stripes of red (top), blue, and white; charged with the coat of arms of Serbia shifted slightly to the hoist side.

PAST BELGRADE – CHICAGO PROGRAMS

2011

August 6-28

The Genius Spark of Nikola Tesla: The Belgrade Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, in collaboration with the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, are pleased to host a travelling exhibit honoring Nikola Tesla. This marks the first time that the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade, Serbia will exhibit in the United States. Because of Tesla's role in the World's Fair in Chicago, it is only fitting that this exhibit be showcased in this great city. Tesla is responsible for providing electricity for the Columbian Exhibition, the first World's Fair to be illuminated by electricity.

HISTORY OF SERBS IN CHICAGO
Serbian immigrants first came to the Chicago region along with thousands of other Southern and Eastern European immigrants from the 1880s to the 1910s looking for unskilled work in the region's booming heavy industries. Most Serbian immigrants in the United States and the Chicago area did not come from Serbia proper, but rather from parts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, mainly Croatia, Slavonia, and Vojvodina. Peasant men made up the bulk of these early immigrants, with women following later. Serbian professional men, including journalists, lawyers, teachers, politicians, and priests, also constituted a small portion of this immigration.




 
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