Did you know that over 80,000 Cossacks live in the USA and Canada?

Many of the US Cossack Villages have museums that contain documents and other exhibits, including weapons, taken out by the Cossacks of the first and second waves of emigration. Once in exile, the Cossacks try to preserve their traditions and heritage.

Cossacks in the USA
Kuban Cossacks in the USA. 

At one of the largest military history exhibitions in America, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the "American Cossacks" public organization, headed by Ataman Sergei Tsapenko, received the "Grand Prix" and presented very  unique historical exhibits.  Ataman Sergei

Ataman Sergei Tsapenko

A member of the Central Council of the Orthodox Russia OOD, Ataman Sergei Tsapenko, who is also a well-known collector, conducted a tour of the unique exhibition for the film crew of the Russian service of the Voice of America.

According to the Supreme Ataman of the Cossacks of South and North America Sergei Tsapenko, over 80,000 Cossacks live in the USA and Canada among 48 different Cossack villages.

Many of the US Cossack Villages have museums that contain documents and other exhibits, including weapons, taken out by the Cossacks of the first and second waves of emigration. Once in exile, the Cossacks try to preserve their traditions and heritage.

Meanwhile, the history of the Cossacks is ambiguous. As you know, after the 1917 revolution, many Cossacks were among the most implacable opponents of Soviet power. On the other hand, there were also "Red Cossacks" who fought on the side of the Bolsheviks, but the fate of both was often tragic.

According to Ataman Tsapenko, many of the displayed exhibits are of "museum quality". However, it must be emphasized that this collection is not provided with the historical critical context that is inherent in professional museum exhibitions. Later, part of this collection was shown at the re-opened Rodina Russian House in Howell, New Jersey.

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