Lectures

ACASA, Welcome Home!

An Emotional Evening of Discovery and Connection with Romanian Roots

Between 1990 and 2004, Americans adopted more than 8,000 children from Romania. Terrifying images of communist institutions filled with abandoned orphans opened the hearts of many Minnesotan families who fled to save these children. Minnesota became home- ACASA for these children, now young adults, starting their own families.

HORA is proud to welcome Izidor Ruckel to Minnesota. Once a child lost in the Romanian communist institutions, Izidor is today a nationally recognized orphan advocate who speaks on behalf of orphans lingering in institutions around the world. See www.izidorruckel.com for more information.

The Inaugural Talk of the HORA Lecture Series

Two presentations were given, “Early Romanian Immigration to the Twin Cities” by Vicki Albu, a genealogist affiliated with the University of Minnesota and the Immigration Research Center, and “Castles of Transylvania” by Raluca Octav, affiliated with the Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality, New York. The event took place at the Elmer L. Andersen Library, on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank campus.