28 / 2008
Mirjam Milharčič-Hladnik

Internet and the transformations in preserving cultural heritage in American-Slovenian ethnic communities

The text presents the findings of the field work in American-Slovenian ethnic communities in Cleveland and New York in the United States of America, which was conducted in Summer 2008. The aim of the filed work was to find out, how the virtual world of internet is used for preserving, developing and transforming of the bondage among people of Slovenian descent, who are interested in their ethnic identity. The immense possibilities of the usage of internet happens in time, when after a hundred of years, some Slovenian institutions, organizations and activities are diminishing or getting closed and abolished. The question is, how the changed circumstances, the new possibilities and the different obstacles influence the organizing and reorganizing of preserving cultural heritage among Slovenian migrants and their descendants.
KEY WORDS: cultural heritage, internet, ethnic communities, virtual neighborhoods.