PRESS RELEASE 5/27/14
The Estonian American National Council
The Estonian American National Council is pleased to announce that it has engaged Priit Vesilind to finish the history of Estonians in the United States from the time of the World War II. The book, which has a working title of “Estonians in America: Seventy Years of Struggle and Success,” will provide details on the history and activities of Estonian refugees and displaced persons – and their descendants – who came to the U.S. after Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union.
Mr. Vesilind will build on the manuscript originally prepared by Mr. Enn Kõiva, with contributions by many other individuals, covering the period from approximately 1949 to 2000, and which has since undergone revisions and additions to 2009 under the editorship of Marju Rink-Abel. Mr. Vesilind will be contacting selected Estonian American organizations to update information and to acquire photographic material for the book.
Mr. Vesilind, currently a freelance writer, is a former senior writer and photojournalist for National Geographic magazine. He has written and photographically illustrated three books about political and cultural affairs in Estonia, including “The Singing Revolution.”
The book is slated for publication in late 2016.
EANC thanks all who helped support this significant project, either through written or financial contributions.
Contact: Linda Rink, firstname.lastname@example.org,