Alvena Seckar

Alvena Seckar

Alvena Vajdak Seckar, artist and author, was born of Slovak immigrant parents on March 1, 1916, in the coal-mining town of McMechen, West Virginia. Like the characters in her books, Seckar’s family moved from mining town to mining town pursuing a meager and perilous existence. From the depths of her experiences, Seckar has been able to draw up the ideas and passion that she utilizes in both her artistry and her writing.

It was in Allentown, Pennsylvania where a teacher discovered her talent and sponsored her for six years of art school. Seckar continued her studies at the University of Pennsylvania, thanks to a scholarship and to assistance from the sponsors of her earlier art school. She completed her bachelors’ degree at New York University in 1939 and her masters’ in 1949.

Alvena Seckar's Books

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  • Zuska of the Burning Hills

    Author: Alvena Seckar
    Product Code: 4673
    ISBN: 978-0-86516-467-3

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    Walking home from school past the piles of burning slag, protecting the younger children from bullies, rolling out the golden dough for the cutting of noodles, and helping Mama care for the boarders were all in a day's work for Zuska Stebina. Would the mine close? Would she have new white shoes for Easter? Where was Mr. Simek when the other men were rescued from the cave-in? These cares and many others too weighty for the fourth grader from Pinet Hill Camp pressed upon her dream of a little house on a farm and safe life for her family.