Or maybe it was the deliberate decision of the Slovak League. The entry of the date of the massive Slovak-American celebrations in Pittsburgh could have been seen as a symbolic link between the agreement of the militants and the will of the people. A calligraphic lithograph of the agreement was signed after the meeting. On September 9, 2007, the object was donated to the John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. [1] Other copies are archived elsewhere in the world. Although no Czechs participated in the Meeting of the Slovaks with Masaryk, who drafted the text of the agreement, and he voted for the meeting of the CSNCA, the two groups mentioned in the protocols as accession to the agreement were the Slovak League (the umbrella organization between Slovakia and the United States) and the Czech National Alliance. Masaryk was not formally a member of both. The Pittsburgh Agreement was a Memorandum of Understanding adopted on May 31, 1918 was concluded between members of the Czech and Slovak expatriate communities in the United States of America. It was named after the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the agreement was made. The agreement provided for the intention of the co-signatories to create an independent Czechoslovakia. [1] This was done on October 18, 1918, when the main author of the agreement, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, declared the independence of Czechoslovakia.

Masaryk was elected the first president of Czechoslovakia in November 1918. The minutes list the names of those who attended the NNCAS meeting and do not record any votes against the agreement. However, there is no indication that, in addition to the recorded vote, the participants signed a document on that occasion and at least one participant later recalled that no document had been signed at the time. Beyond the brief vote, the CSNCA`s one-day Pittsburgh meeting spent its time dealing with other topics. „I knew the deal myself,“ said Schompert, whose grandmother was a Slovak immigrant in western Pennsylvania. „But I never knew why exactly here in Pittsburgh.“ More than two dozen Czech and Slovak delegates signed the agreement in the Loyal Order of Moose Building Downtown. Soon after, the United States and its allies recognized Czechoslovakia as a sovereign nation. The importance of the agreement took a personal life, signatures on post-facto lithography were also collected by activists who were not present at the meeting, but not by all participants who were (see left sidebar). It also provides that Slovakia should have its own justice system, which was not included in the text of the agreement that appeared in the minutes of the Pittsburgh meeting.

Ferienčík[13][best source needed] was editor-in-chief of Slovenský hlásnik (Slovak Herald), the weekly publication of the Slavic Evangelical Union of America. [14] Bosák, born in Okruhle, Slovakia, was a banker and shipowner who raised funds for the campaign for an independent Slovak nation during World War I. [10] Later, the Slovak League commissioned a calligraphic lithograph containing the text of the Pittsburgh Agreement in Slovak and collected signatures. Masaryk signed it on November 14, 1918 in Washington, D.C., the day after the adoption of the provisional constitution of the new country in Prague and the definition of the role of the president of the emerging country. The Pittsburgh Agreement was reached at the Loyal Order of Moose Hall, in downtown Pittsburgh, on Penn Avenue and west of the current parking lot, surrounded by Penn, 7th and Liberty. It was demolished in 1984 to make way for the construction of the Dominion Tower. Some of the ornamental debris from the Elk Room was arranged as an original exhibit across the street. Father Zlámal was born in Korkory, Moravia. He was ordained in 1904 to the Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

[26] „Pittsburgh was full of Slovaks!“ Vortruba said. „In fact, it`s mostly the Slovaks. Pittsburgh doesn`t have many Czech immigrants, [so] there were mostly Slovak immigrants, but the Czechs were part of the deal…