Estonian House History, Board of Directors and Organizations
The New York Estonian Educational Society has a 9-member Board of Directors. On this webpage, you can find information about previous Board presidents, the responsibilities of the Board members, and the organizations that are part of the Society.
The New York Estonian Educational Society was born on December 7, 1929. A meeting of the various local Estonian organizations was convened to unify the Estonians in New York. 77 members were present, and the “Unified Estonian Organization” was created.
On August 7, 1930, a special meeting was convened, and a new name was created for the group: “The New York Estonian Educational Society”, in an effort to purchase a building and minimize the tax implications of a private purchase – the Society established its headquarters at 310 Lenox Avenue in Harlem.
In the fall of 1938, the Society moved to bigger quarters in Harlem at 5 East 125th Street. In 1943, Estonian Educational Society, Inc. was formed to facilitate the purchase of an appropriate property for the Society – the building at 243 East 34th Street was then purchased for $25,000.- in 1946, and the Society was able to have its Annual Meeting in its own building in1947.
The influx of Estonian refugees after World War II brought many more Estonians into the Society, and the Estonian House became a very active center for Estonian activity in New York.
In 1950, the Society purchased a large piece of land in Long Island, which was subsequently developed by local Estonians – buildings, a pool and a sports facility were built, and this became the summer camp for local Estonian children.
Since then, the Society has served as the center and focal point of Estonian activity in New York.
Board of Directors and Staff 2013
|Juhatus/ Board of Directors|
|Carl Skonberg||Vice Presidentemail@example.com|
|Tiina Järver||Assistant Secretaryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Peeter Teedla||Assistant Treasureremail@example.com
|Vanematekogu/Council of Elders|
|Revisjonikomisjon/Commitee of Auditors|
|NYEHS-i Personal/NYEHS-i Staff|
|Eesti Maja bürood/Estonian House Organizations|
|Kärt Ulman||Nordic Pressfirstname.lastname@example.org||212-686-3356|
|Sirje Uriko||Nordic Press||212-686-3356|