There are 1.2 million people of Rusyn origin in Europe which includes the area of the Carpathian Mountains: Bulgaria, Poland, the Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Romania, Austria-Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia=Herzegovina, and a former Russian state. Since they didn’t have their own country (although they had their own language – Rusyn) when they immigrated to the US they used their country of origin so it is difficult to tell which Poles, which Bulgarians and those from the countries above were really Carpatho-Russians. We can guess that that there are about 620,000 Americans who have at least one ancestor of Carpatho-Rusyn background.
The most famous American of Carpatho-Rusyn descent was Andy Warhol, the pop artist, photographer, and filmmaker who attended the Byzantine Rite Catholic Church in Pittsburgh's Rusyn Valley aka the Four Mile Run (in the Oakland/Greenfield area). In Pittsburgh the top 10 Rusyn/Russian zip codes contain 1.75% to 8.2% Russians and/or Carpatho-Rusyns.
According to the Ambridge Connection Website there are 60,000 people of Carpatho-Rusyn background in western Pa. There is an annual festival held in August in Ambridge, Pa. There are also festivals in Uniontown and Erie. If you count the 16 ethnic groups from the Carpathian Mountains 22% of Uniontown’s and 17% of Pittsburgh’s population is made up of these groups. There is a Rusyn-Carpathian Society in Munhall, PA and a radio broadcast every Sunday at 2:30 pm which is also available on the Society’s website.
Halupki (Russian/Ukrainian dish made of rice, beef and pork encased in cabbage drizzled with a thin, sweet tomato sauce), Haluski/Halusky (thick, soft noodles or dumplings cooked in the Central and Eastern European cuisines and served with cabbage and onion), Pirohy/Pierogie (Slovakian dumplings of unleavened dough – first boiled, then served with melted butter or various toppings, or then fried with onions – traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit), Pulnina/Manzat pâinii (Slovakian/Romanian veal loaf), Kielbasa (Polish sausage), Borscht (Russian/Ukrainian beet soup), (Studenina (Polish jellied pig’s feet), Kislaya Kapusta (Russian sauerkraut), Latke/Latka (Russian/Ukrainian/Polish potato pancakes), Paska breads and Pagach (Rusyn/Russian pizza which is dough spread with potatoes and cheese or sauerkraut and baked in butter).
LINK 3 (Facebook group)
LINK 4 (Recipes from Pittsburgh)
LINK 5 Ambridge Rusyn Food Festival 2020