About the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society


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Hungarian Heritage Society
P. O. Box 24134
Cleveland, Ohio 44124
216  523-3900 
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About the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society


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Mission Statement:

History :

Current Officers & Advisors, Board of Directors :

Members of our Honorary Board of Directors :

Current Projects and Priorities :

General  Accomplishments :

Major and Minor Exhibitions and Events :

Lectures and Presentations Organized or Co-Sponsored :

Museum Volunteers :


HHS horse logo  Mission Statement:

To preserve and disseminate Hungarian Culture in Cleveland by serving as a repository for Hungarian historical, cultural, and artistic items so that others, now and in the future, can draw upon this repository for research and enrichment.

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HHS horse logo  History :

The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society was established as a not-for-profit corporation under Ohio law as of September 13, 1985.  It was recognized as a federally tax exempt organization on February 18, 1986. The CHHS opened its first museum at  St. Elizabeth Church on April 20, 1986.  This opening was welcomed by a Proclamation issued by City Council of Cleveland.  Numerous civic and community leaders consented to be named  to the Honorary Board of Directors of the CHHS. (See our List of Honorary Board of Directors.)

The very first exhibition, entitled the Inaugural Exhibition, was held on this same date. Since that time, the CHHS has organized numerous large scale and small scale exhibitions, as well as many lectures and presentations. Significant exhibitions were the month-long exhibitions at the Cleveland Natural History Museum and at the Beck Center in Lakewood.  (See our General Accomplishments Listing.)

The CHHS launched its newsletter, "THE REVIEW" in winter of 1986.  The  REVIEW is subtitled "The Second One Hundred Years" in recognition of the fact that significant waves of Hungarian immigration to the US took place more than 100 years ago in the 1880s.  Now Hungarian-Americans are entering into a second one hundred years of settlement in the United States.   In its first two years, the REVIEW was funded by Grants from the Ohio Arts Council and came out quarterly.

The CHHS opened the Hungarian Heritage Museum in the Richmond Mall on September 7, 1996.

The CHHS opened the Hungarian Heritage Museum in its new location at the Euclid Square Mall in May, 1999.

In addition to its Museum collection, the CHHS has been working to organize its significant archival and library collections.

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HHS horse logo   Current Officers, & Advisors, Board of Directors :


Board of Directors

President: Mr. László Varga                                    

     All officers  (4 persons-list at left)             

Vice President: Mrs. Andrea Mészáros     Mr. Otto Friedrich
Secretary: Mrs. Csilla Varga Mr. Lou Borzy
Treasurer: Mr. Andrew Strada Mr. Zsolt Dömötörffy
Mrs.  Katalin Gulden
Mr. Michael Horvath
Mrs. Andrea Lazar Dr. Theodore J. Horvath
Mr. George Huzau
Mrs. Edith Juhasz
Dr. Theodore J. Horvath, Chair Mr. George Kozmon
Mrs. Edith Lauer
(Mailing list database,
    forms, correspondance) 
Mr. Steve. E. Szappanos Mrs. Andrea Lazar
Mr. Andrew Lazar
Mrs. Marcia Mestrits
Mr. Zoltan Mestrits
   & Fundraising;
/ Facilities
Mr. Elmer Meszaros, Chair Mr. Elmer Meszaros
Dr. Magdalene Meszaros

Mrs. Mary Jane Molnar
Dr. Klara Papp
Mr. Thomas Rátoni-Nagy
Mrs. Valeria Ratoni-Nagy
Mr. Elmer Meszaros, Chair Mrs. Kori Smith
Ms. Eva Szabo
Mr. Steve E. Szappanos
Mr. Otto Friedrich            
Prof. Clara Thurner
Ms. Judith Torma


Mr. Andrew Lazar Mrs. Mary Louise Uray
Mr. Alex Varga

Mrs. Dolores Vuyancih
Mr. Laszlo Zala
Fundraising &
Mrs. Mary Louise Uray, chair
Gift Shoppe
Mrs. Katalin Gulden &
Mrs. Mary Jane Molnar
Historian: Mrs. Valeria Ratoni-Nagy
Dr. Theodore Horvath
Library &
Dr. Magdalene Meszaros, Chair
Mr. Zoltan Bocsay
Mr. Steve Szappanos
See individual listings.

Ms. Judith Torma, Chair


Mr. Otto Friedrich
Mrs. Edith Lauer

Public Relations
   & Media Liaison
Mrs. Andrea Lazar


Dr. Magdalene Meszaros, Chair
Mrs. Marcia Mestrits, Chair
Dr. Theodore Horvath
Mr. Elmer Meszaros
Mrs. Mary Jane Molnar
Mrs. Kori Smith
Ms. Eva Szabo
Mrs. Mary Louise Uray
Ms. Eva Szabo

Mr. Zoltan Mestrits
Mrs. Katalin Gulden


Dr. Martha Pereszlenyi

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HHS horse logo  Members of our Honorary Board of Directors:

Hon. George V. Voinovich
US Senator (Ohio)                  

             Ms. Elaine Price
             President, Holden Arboretum           

Mr. László Bojtos
Honorary Consul General,          
Republic of Hungary

          Dr. Jeanette Grasselli Brown
          Chair, Ohio Board of Regents

Mr. August B. Pust
United State Commission
 for the Preservation of
America's Heritage Abroad

          Mrs. Carol T. Zsulya
          Cleveland State University


Mr. Balazs Bedy
Regional Commissioner,    
Hungarian Scout
Association in Exteris
Mr. Victor Falk
President, Order of Szent
László, Ohio Chapter, &
representing Order of
Vitéz, Ohio Chapter    
Mrs. Ildiko Korossy
President, Magyar Club
Dr. Janos Nadas
President, Hungarian
Carolyn E. Balogh
Pres.. Hung. Developmt.
Mr. Joseph Gyorky
Friends of Scouting
Mr. John Korossy
President, World
of Hungarian Veterans,
Cleveland Chapter;  &
President, United
Hungarian Societies
Rev. Sandor Siklodi,
Former Pastor, St. Emeric
Roman Catholic Church
(parish now closed)
Rev. Bela Bernhardt
Archdean, President,
Lutheran Conference in
Rev. Michael Huszti
Pastor, St. John Byzantine
Catholic Church
Rev. Csaba Krasznai
Pastor, First Hungarian
Reformed Church
Mr. Zoltan Bocsay
Honorary President,
Hungarian Scout
Association in Exteris

Past Presidents :

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HHS horse logo   Current Projects and Priorities :

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HHS horse logo General  Accomplishments :

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HHS horse logo  Major and Minor Exhibitions and Events :

At the Museum :


Other :

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HHS horse logo  Lectures and Presentations Organized or Co-Sponsored :

At the Museum :

Other :

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HHS horse logo   Museum Volunteers :
[Past & Current]

[List incomplete - currently being revised.]

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