"In Times of Change
Inherit the Earth...
Welcome to My World

Eileen Backofen


...while the learned
are perfectly prepared
for a world that
no longer exists"
- Eric Hoffer

Where in the World are Eileen & Joe?

"Technology Counts"

Education Week 2002
Mystery Teacher-Guess Who!

Professional Archive

Aug 2013 Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Technology Preserves History

My WWII Project

USS Philadelphia CL-41
(Frank Paukstis, diary & album) &
Memories of Crewmen
from over 50 years of Reunions

Archive of Historical Photos
Brooklyn, NY &
Forest City, PA

2008 - The trip that started it all My Search for "Roots"
Czech Republic, Austria
, Slovak Republic, Hungary
2009 An article about my search for roots appeared in our local newspaper
"Digging Up Roots"
and then the travel bug really took hold


May (New York City)

June (Rome Mediterranean Athens Paris)
With 3 generations!

Sept (4000 miles in the USA)



April - Austria, Germany, Netherlands
Slovakia & Czech Republic

Churches of My Brooklyn Childhood
(Going home again May, 2012)


June - Slovakia, Vienna, Austria, London
Introducing 2 younger generations to their Slovak (Rusyn) roots Plus 2 extra cities

July - Jefferson Choral Society - Concert & Siteseeing Tour of Ireland

December - Christmas Markets on the Danube (Prague to Budapest)

Slovenia & Eastern Adriatic - December 2017 - January 2018

Updated February 19, 2018