The IHRC proudly announces the publication of Uncle from America, a memoir by Kenneth Dexter Miller, from a manuscript in the IHRC's Kenneth Dexter Miller Papers.
The Rev. Kenneth Dexter Miller, a Presbyterian minister who directed the Jan Hus Neighborhood House in New York, worked for the YMCA War Council (1917-1919) and marched acoss Siberia with Czech troops during World War I. He later worked as part of the Presbyterian Board of Home Missions.
Uncle from America is an account of Miller's engagement with the people of Czechoslovakia as well as Czech and Slovak Americans between 1912 and the early 1960s, with chapters describing Miller's work with the Czechoslovak Legion in Russia in 1917-1919.
The product of a long collaboration between IHRC staff, scholars, and members of the Kenneth Dexter Miller family, Uncle from America brings to light an important story of Czech-American contact and cooperation, while also honoring Kenneth Dexter Miller who worked to build close ties between the two peoples. IHRC archivist Daniel Necas prepared the book for publication. The project is co-sponsored by the Miller and Hiteshew families and American Fund for Czechoslovak Relief.
Foreward by Elizabeth Miller Hiteshew and Kenneth Dexter Miller Jr.
Introduction by Nathaniel Davis
Biographical essay by Daniel Necas
Map by Patrick Weygand
Edited by Daniel Necas