United Romanian Societies Carpatina of Cleveland
The Carpatina Society is the first Romanian mutual-benefit society in Cleveland, Ohio. It also is the first such society in the United States of America.
Forty-one Romanian Ohioans established the Carpatina Society on November 1, 1902. The society's original purpose was to provide Romanian immigrants with a social and cultural institution to practice traditional Romanian customs and beliefs. The Carpatina Society also provided members with financial assistance if they became ill or helped with funeral costs if a family member died. In 1917, the Carpatina Society built its own meeting hall. The structure was known as Carpatina Hall. Cleveland's Carpatina Society continues to enhance Ohio's cultural landscape at the start of the twenty-first century.
- Van Tassel, David D., and John J. Grabowski, eds. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.