Lebanese Phoenicians

Peddling in America: Supporting Immigrant Families--Part 2

Posted by: Randy Couri on March 03, 2015 - Leave a comment

In the American Midwest peddling was a seasonal job.  Immigrants had to make sure they saved enough money during the months they were able to sell their products to hold them over through the long winter months.  In the early 1... [Read More]

Peddling in America: Supporting Immigrant Families--Part 1

Posted by: Randy Couri on March 02, 2015 - Leave a comment

How much thought have you given to the type of work the early immigrants did when they first arrived in their brave New World?  We know that many of them peddled goods, but do we really know much about what they experienced?  C... [Read More]

The Founding of the Oldest Lebanese Organization in America: The Itoo Society--Part 4

Posted by: Randy Couri on February 25, 2015 - Leave a comment

Have you thought about how hard it must have been for the Peoria Aytou Community to bond together to pay for Rumia’s funeral and burial?  A few of them had come to Peoria in the late 1800’s, a few more came in the early... [Read More]

Rumia's Trek Across American: Tragedy Strikes--Part 3

Posted by: Randy Couri on February 18, 2015 - Leave a comment

After the ordeal of passing through the Golden Door of Ellis Island was over, Rumia would have bought a train ticket and taken a ferry to Jersey City, New Jersey.  How much better the air must have been to breathe knowing that the w... [Read More]

Rumia's Emigration from Lebanon to America: Crossing the Ocean--Part 2

Posted by: Randy Couri on February 11, 2015 - Leave a comment

Think of the heartache of leaving your family, your home, your village, and your country. I cannot begin to imagine how hard it must have been for Rumia to say goodbye to his family and the people of Aytou.   I am not sure I co... [Read More]

The Journey of a Lifetime: Rumia's Story-Part 1

Posted by: Randy Couri on February 04, 2015 - Leave a comment

Did you ever wonder what hardships our ancestors endured emigrating to America in the early 1900’s?  Here is Rumia’s story reprinted from the book The Story of Us.  This book is comprised of 60 stories about the Leb... [Read More]

A Timeless Example for All of Us

Posted by: Randy Couri on December 17, 2014 - Leave a comment

The poem I Believe In You was originally published in the first issue of The Syrian World Magazine in July of 1926.  Kahlil Gibran, the poems author and Lebanese artist and philosopher, devoted it to the Lebanese American youth of t... [Read More]

I Believe in You

Posted by: Randy Couri on December 10, 2014 - Leave a comment

Kahlil Gibran, the famous Lebanese poet, writer, philosopher and artist, was born to a Maronite family in Bsharri in Mt. Lebanon. His family’s emigration to America in 1895 is directly linked to the story of the great Lebanese hero... [Read More]

Liberty of the Lebanese: The Great Hero Youssef Bey Karam

Posted by: Randy Couri on December 03, 2014 - Leave a comment

Youssef Bey Karam is one of the great heroes of Lebanon. He was instrumental in Mount Lebanon being declared the only semi-autonomous province in the Ottoman Empire.  Nearly all the emigrants who fled the Ottoman Empire before World... [Read More]

Lebanese Phoenicians and 'Cultural' Phoenicians

Posted by: Rita George on October 15, 2014 - Leave a comment

Many people around the world can carry an imprint of the Phoenician gene.  For thousands of years the Phoenicians lived in many trading cities along the Eastern and Western Mediterranean besides the Atlantic Coast.  They reside... [Read More]