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Szabo Lilla.jpgThird lecture in the series
Saturday, February 11, 2012

Dr. Lilla Szabó - lecture in Hungarian

Az elõadó, Dr. Szabó Lilla, a Magyar Nemzeti Gallériának kúrátora, mûvészettörténész, Fulbright Scholar, jelenleg annak ösztöndíjával a new-brunswicki Magyar Múzeumnál végez kutató munkát. Elõadása a Trianon utáni felvidéki magyar képzõmûvészek munkásságával foglalkozik.

Magyar Nemzeti Galléria Website:
[Hungarian National Gallery - Can switch to English]

 NOW PAST EVENT IN THE "NETWORKS BEYOND HUNGARY" 2011-2012 LECTURE SERIES: Saturday, October 8th, 2011: First in Lecture Series, "Cleveland's Buckeye Neighborhood." Author John T. Sabol shared with the audience the research behind his book on the Buckeye neighborhood, and signed copies.

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"Although it has been called "Little Hungary" or "Little Budapest," Cleveland's Buckeye Road neighborhood exceeds that description. A more apt moniker might be "Little Danube." Like the Danube, Buckeye's history has flowed through a multicultural immigrant community and into a modern urban neighborhood striving to make its mark. Fueled by the industry of its first settlers in the 1880s, the district spread from what is now Buckeye Road and Woodland Avenue to the border of Shaker Square. Shops, restaurants, taverns, and other businesses too numerous to count flourished. The Buckeye neighborhood became a commercial center to serve immigrants and their families who worked at the factories that dotted Buckeye's west end. Community life was refueled over the years by waves of immigrants--mainly from Hungary--fleeing various tides of oppression in Europe. As the 1970s approached, Buckeye, like many Cleveland areas, became a victim of urban flight. Today residents and businesses, along with the Buckeye Area Development Corporation, are working to create and sustain another resurgence in this grand neighborhood."  [from]

 NOW PAST EVENT IN 2011: Thursday evening, November 3rd, 2011: Liszt piano recital, Cleveland Institute of Music, featuring internationally known Hungarian pianist Gergely Bogányi, recipient of the Kossuth prize, Hungary's highest artistic honor.  

Boganyi_Gergely.jpgGergely Bogányi, who hails from a musical family, is one of the youngest ever pianists to have won the Kossuth Prize. He was born in 1974 in Vác, Hungary (his father is Tibor Bogányi), and he was appointed a citizen of honor in his native town  ofVác at the age of 22.

He started playing the piano at the age of four. He continued his studies at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and at Indiana University in Bloomington (USA) with professors László Baranyay, György Sebök, and Matti Raekallio.

He has become one of the leading pianists of his generation. Gergely Bogányi has had success in several national and international competitions. In 1996 he won the International Franz Liszt Competition in Budapest. In 2000 he was awarded the Liszt Prize by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage.In 2000 he was awarded the Cross Merit of the White Rose of Finland by the President of the Finnish Republic. In 2001 his series of "Chopin's complete piano works" received the Hungarian Gramofon Prize in the category of "Best concert event and performing artist in Hungary." On March 15, 2004 he received the highest artistic award of Hungary, the Kossuth Prize hu:Kossuth-díj.

Gergely Bogányi has performed worldwide, and performs as a soloist with leading orchestras, for example the London Philharmonic in 2004. On November 27–28, 2010 he performed all the compositions of Frédéric Chopin at Palace of Arts (Mûvészetek Palotája in Hungarian) in Budapest.

 See Gergely Bogányi's website for more information and a sampling of his brilliance at the piano:


 Gyekenyesi John P.jpgNOW PAST EVENT IN THE "NETWORKS BEYOND HUNGARY" 2011-2012 LECTURE SERIES: Saturday, November 12th, 2011: Second in our Lecture Series - Theodore Von Kármán - (1881-1963), Hungarian-American research engineer and physicist active in the fields of aeronautics and astronotics. Our presenter was Dr. Pál Gyékényesi.

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Dr. Von Kármán at the Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory; President John F. Kennedy honors Dr. von Kármán; portrait of Dr. Von Kármán

Theodore von Kármán (original Hungarian name: Szõllõskislaki Kármán Tódor) (May 11, 1881 – May 7, 1963) was a Hungarian-American aerospace engineer and physicist who was active primarily in the fields of aeronautics and astronautics. He is responsible for many key advances in aerodynamics, notably his work on supersonic and hypersonic airflow characterization. He later became an important figure in supersonic motion.  He acquired fame in the use of mathematical tools to study fluid flow, and the interpretation of those results to guide practical designs. He was instrumental in recognizing the importance of the swept-back wings that are ubiquitous in modern jet aircraft.

Dr. von Kármán He studied engineering at the city's Royal Joseph Technical University, known today as Budapest University of Technology and Economics. After graduating in 1902 he moved to Germany and joined Ludwig Prandtl at the University of Göttingen, and received his doctorate in 1908. In 1912 accepted a position as director of the Aeronautical Institute at RWTH Aachen, one of the country's leading universities. His time at RWTH Aachen was interrupted by service in the Austro-Hungarian Army 1915–1918, where he designed an early helicopter.

Apprehensive about developments in Europe, he left RWTH Aachen in 1930 and accepted the directorship of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology (GALCIT) and emigrated to the United States. In 1936, along with Frank Malina and Jack Parsons, he founded a company Aerojet to manufacture JATO rocket motors. He later became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

German activity during World War II increased U.S. military interest in rocket research. During the early part of 1943, the Experimental Engineering Division of the United States Army Air Forces Material Command forwarded to von Kármán reports from British intelligence sources describing German rockets capable of reaching more than 100 miles (160 km).

In 1944 he and others affiliated with GALCIT founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is now a Federally funded research and development center managed and operated by Caltech under a contract from NASA. In 1946 he became the first chairman of the Scientific Advisory Group which studied aeronautical technologies for the United States Army Air Forces. He also helped found AGARD, the NATO aerodynamics research oversight group (1951), the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (1956), the International Academy of Astronautics (1960), and the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Brussels (1956).

Early in September 1944, while in New York, he met with U.S. Army Air Forces Commanding General Henry H. Arnold on a runway at LaGuardia Airport. Hap Arnold then proposed that von Kármán move to Washington, D.C. to lead the Scientific Advisory Group and become a long-range planning consultant to the military. He returned to Pasadena around mid-September. Von Kármán was appointed to the position on October 23, 1944, and left Caltech in December 1944.

At age 81 von Kármán was the recipient of the first National Medal of Science, bestowed in a White House ceremony by President John F. Kennedy. He was recognized, "For his leadership in the science and engineering basic to aeronautics; for his effective teaching and related contributions in many fields of mechanics, for his distinguished counsel to the Armed Services, and for his promoting international cooperation in science and engineering."

Dr. von Kármán died while on a trip to Aachen (Germany) in 1963. He is buried in Pasadena, California.

Source: Adapted from several websites in public domaine.

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 Saturday, December 10-th, 2011:
Children's Program at the MUSEUM:

THEME: Christmas Holiday Customs and Famous Hungarians!

In addition to holiday customs,  traditional holiday crafts, and seasonal cookies, children had the opportunity to learn about some famous and important Hungarians and their contributions: greats such as József Dobos, László Bíró, Ernõ Rubik...lot's of hands-on activities!

Many children participated in the program, scurrying from one activity to the other...and while they did "Christmasy" types of things, they also learned about some famous Hungarians. Trivia: who was the youngest person to win an Olympic Gold Medal? Who was named FIFA scorer of the century? Who invented the ball point pen? Can you put three colors in a row on a Rubik's Cube? Our young guests could ,and by the end of the afternoon ,they knew the answers to the questions too. Thanks to Csilla Varga, Erzsi Kováts, Magdi Mészáros, Vali Rátoni-Nagy and her sister Vera, Tini Halácsy and Orsolya Sedenszky who all helped these children learn something about their Hungarian heritage and our culture. Thanks are also in order for Mária Dolesch who faithfully makes the mézeskalács cookies that children love to decorate and then eat!


Thanks to Kati Gulden and Klári Thurner for opening the Museum and being behind the counter at the Gift Shoppe. Thanks also to Elmer Mészaros, who fashioned a great soccer game out of one foam board, a plasic cup, some tape and 5 mini soccer balls....children love that sort of stuff!

Finally, thanks to the Hungarian boy and girl scouts of Hungarian Troops 14 and 34, who took the time to share with the children two ancient Hungarian customs - Kántálás, and Betlehemezés...they were wonderful!

And thanks to ALL who helped publicize this event - and especially to Ari and Bandi Lázár for the publicity on the Kapossy Family Radio Hour!

PHOTOS of the Dec. 10 event ARE COMING!

Opened: April 29, 2011 - Last Day: September 9, 2011

"Visions of Hungary –
Photographs by:
George Buza, George Gati, and  Stephen Spinder"

Exhibit Information:

This exhibit on Hungary presents photographs depicted the many views and moods by three renowned photographers – George Buza, George Gati and Stephen Spinder. The photographs imparted in black and white and color the many faces of Hungary as interpreted by these three photographers. The photos ranged from the capital city of Budapest out into the countryside. They provided not only views of the many wonderful sites that are popular images of the country but they also delved into many other visual aspects as interpreted and presented by each photographer. The exhibit “Visions of Hungary” was a unique blend of visual and mental stimulation.

(At the opening reception each photographer presented a short talk about his work and approach to photography and how that related to this exhibit.)

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For more information contact:

Andrew Grover, Senior Ticket Sales Account Executive and On-Field Host
Lake County Captains Professional Baseball Club
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On behalf of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society everyone is invited to attend with family and friends for the 3rd Annual Hungarian Heritage Night at the Lake County Captain's Ballpark. 2009 and 2010's baseball games were wonderful family events, attended by hundreds of Hungarian Americans in Northeast Ohio. There will be great food, events for children, a folk dancing performances, a chance to enjoy the company of fellow-Magyars, and much, much more!

"Heartbeat of Hungarian Culture in Northeast Ohio"

featuring the achievements of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society as we celebrate dour past  25 years.

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Tour of Observation Deck on Terminal Tower, Soldier's & Sailors Monument, Chop House for lunch, then on to Lakeview Cemetery and the Wade Chapel and President's Garfield Tomb.
Price $45 per person, contact Marsha at 440-442-3413.

 Click on the titles below for information about the sights to be visited:

Terminal Tower,
Observation Deck

Soldier's &
Sailors Monument

Chop House,

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# 1 Lakeview Cemetery
# 2 Lakeview Cemetery

Garfield Monument

Wade Chapel

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  2010-2011 Lecture series: (now past)
"Hungarian Adventurers and Explorers"

  This continuing lecture series provided engaging and interactive
presentations about persons and events that shaped and affected
Hungarians and the history of Central Europe.
They were geared to adults and high school students.

The following lectures are now past - see our Home Page for upcoming events.

  Saturday, October 9, 2010: First in our lecture series: Hungarian Adventurers and Explorers.

Mr. Ede Altmann, Hungarian architect, soldier and world traveler shared with the audience
his experiences while working and traveling in the Mideast.


  Saturday, November 13, 2010: Second in our lecture series: Hungarian Adventurers and Explorers.

Mr. István Kopár, Hungarian sailing enthusiast, shared with the audience
the challenges and experiences of sailing solo around the world in the southern seas.


  Saturday, March 12, 2011: Third in our lecture series: Hungarian Adventurers and Explorers.
"Exploring the Unconscious Mind"
by Dr. John Nádas, M.D.

Nadas John MD.jpgAre you in control of your mind? Do you know what is buried deep in your mind, controlling your thoughts, behavior, and emotions? Find out how you can discover your unconscious fears, joys, and insights. Dr. John Nádas, M.D. is a practicing psychiatrist and the author of many books.

Dr. John Nadas is a psychiatrist in private practice in Canton, Ohio. He uses psychotherapy to deal with many problems of adaptation which are usually treated with medications by other psychiatrists. Instead of looking for energy and contentment in pills, he helps motivated individuals find vitality and joy by making psychological and physiological changes in themselves. The ultimate goal is to live life with confidence and enthusiasm, and to attain natural energy and unsurpassed joy.

John Nadas received his medical degree at Duke University, psychiatry training at the University of Chicago, and his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Case Western Reserve University. Being of Hungarian origin he has the benefit of a cross-cultural perspective. He has over 30 years of experience treating patients who have suffered from a wide variety of difficulties. Currently he is in the private practice of psychiatry in Canton, Ohio, and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He has held a variety of positions in the past, ranging from conducting research in physical chemistry to serving as a psychiatric consultant for a methadone maintenance clinic, a state psychiatric hospital, and a crisis intervention center. His most valued relationships are with his wife and three sons. Dr. Nádas is also President of the Hungarian Association / Magyar Társaság.


    Saturday, April 16, 2011 Fourth in our lecture series: Hungarian Adventurers and Explorers.
"The Lure of the Mountains"
by Dr. Piró Kramár, M.D.

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The story about the first American ascent of the Himalayas, to the top of one of its highest peaks called Annapurna is a dramatic one. A 55 km (34 mi)-long massif of which the highest point, Annapurna I, stands at 8091 m, making it the 10th-highest summit in the world. The American Women's Himalayan Expedition became the first American team to climb Annapurna I. The team reached the top on October 15, 1978. The team's physician, Hungarian-born, Dr. Piro Kramár who is an eye-surgeon, was an integral part of the team and participated in this adventure, leaving her ophthalmology practice behind to participate in the climb.

Psychologists have adopted the term "flow" to characterize the mental state in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of focus, engagement, and full involvement in the process of the activity. The term was first used by Dr. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, and flow is complete focus on achieving a goal; it represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the emotions in the service of performance and learning. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task. After studying numerous professions, mountain climbers and surgeons are known to experience flow most frequently. Dr. Kramár is both. She will present reflections about her background and her development that enabled her to take on the ascent of Anapurna I.

AHEA header.jpgThis particular lecture was also cross listed with the events and sessions of the 36th annual AHEA (American Hungarian Educators Association) Conference held April 14-17, 2011 on the campus of John Carroll University in University Hts., (Cleveland), OH.


  Saurday, May 14, 2011: Fifth in our lecture series: Hungarian Adventurers and Explorers.
"Colonel Michael Kováts de Fabricy"
by Ms. Marge Kotnik

Fabriczy-1.jpgMs. Marge Kotnik has done extensive research into the life of thisKotnik-1.jpg amazing 18th century American Revolutionary War hero who was born in Karcag, Hungary.

On May 11, 1779, Colonel Michael Kovats de Fábriczy gave his life in the American War for Independence, while leading the Continental Army cavalry he had trained in Hungarian hussar tactics against a British siege of Charleston, North Carolina. Each year on May 11, the citizens of Karcag commemorate Colonel Kovats as a hero of the American Revolution during a week of memorial services, games, and festivities.

On May 11, 2004, a delegation of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society (CHHS) presented a statue of American Revolutionary War hero Colonel Commandant Michael Kovats to the citizens of his birthplace, Karcag, Hungary (pronounced. They also deliver ed a proclamation, issued by the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, created by the U.S. Congress, that recognized Colonel Kovats as a foreign-born hero of the American Revolution, and identified the statue as a monument to a foreign-born hero whose memory is worthy of preservation as a part of America's heritage abroad.

Three members of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society and also the Kovats Committee, and who traveled to Karcag to dedicate the statue during their annual Kováts Days celebrations, shared their story of this great experience with our friends and supporters:  Mrs. Maria Friedrich (Then-President of the Society), and also our lecture presenter Ms. Margaret Kotnik (then-Chair of CHHS' Committee of "Friends of American Revolutionary War Hero Colonel Commandant Michael Kovats de Fabricy"), and Mr. István Szappanos (then-Immediate Past President of the Society).

 flag-am-hu.jpgPlease click on flags at left to see the Museum's Michael Kováts de Fabricy website for additional information, the press release and many photos - (English version  first - Magyar version follows.)

Our Hungarian Heritage Museum is open to the public from 11 o’clock a.m.
on those Saturdays when there is a scheduled lecture or program.

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"A Point of Reference - In Sculpture and Paintings"
The Art of Gyuri Hollosy

June through October, 2010

Opening Reception:
Artist Gyuri Hollosy gave a presentation regarding his past, present and future works - "A Point of Reference in sculpture and in painting."

Background on the artist:
Gyuri Hollosy was born in 1946 in Bad-Aibling, Germany. He and his family moved to Cleveland in 1955. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and at Ohio University, and received his Masters Degree from Tulane University.

He has a long list of exhibitions and commissions - one of which is the bust of Cardinal Mindszenthy at the Mindszenthy Plaza in downtown Cleveland.

His current series of works called "Perpetual Motion" possess a sense of kinetic energy in their intertwining figures dancing through space and invite alternate placements, resulting in a number of different sculptural forms.

Along with these works featuring the artist's exploration of the theoretical concept of form, the exhibit will include some of his older pieces ,including paintings.

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Highlights of late 2009, first half of 2010- Now past:

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For more information contact:

Andrew Grover, Ticket Sales Account Executive and On-Field Host
Lake County Captains Professional Baseball Club
35300 Vine Street
Eastlake, Ohio 44095-3142
P - 440.975.8085 X 136
F - 440.975.8958
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On behalf of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society everyone was invited to attend with family and friends for the second Annual Hungarian Heritage Night at the Lake County Captain's Ballpark. 2009's baseball game was a wonderful family event, attended by hundreds of Hungarian Americans in Northeast Ohio. There was great food, events for children, folk dancing performances, am honor guard by members of the Hungarian Boy Scouts, and a chance to enjoy the company of fellow-Magyars.

  2009-2010 Lecture series:
"Events and Persons
That Shaped Hungarian History

and other seasonal events"

  This continuing lecture series provided engaging and interactive
presentations about persons and events that shaped the history of Central
Europe. They were geared to adults and high school students.

Vidoes of these presentations are now available via links from the Museum's home page.




NOW PAST = Saturday, October 10, 2009: Lecture: "The Legacy of the Anjou Dynasty" -  Presenter: Gabriella Nádas, Managing Chairperson, Hungarian Association, Canton, Ohio. For Adults and High School students

NOW PAST Solymosi Dóra Török-Magyar Vitéz Saturday, November 14, 2009: Lecture: "The Golden Age of Transylvania and Relations with the Turks" - Presenter: Dóra Solymosi Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio. For adults and High School students

NOW PAST    Saturday, December 12, 2009: Program for Children: "Getting to Know Hungary." This program will feature a PowerPoint presentation along with hands-on activities designed to introduce the young audience to Hungary's geography, customs and famous historical figures and the times they lived in. Holiday activities will also be featured.

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NOW PAST Papp Zsuzsa Rákóczi Ferenc Saturday, February 13, 2010: Lecture: "Who was Ferenc Rákoczi?" - Presenter: Zsuzsanna Papp, Rákoczi Foundation, Toronto, Ontario. For adults and High School students

Saturday, March 13, 2010: Lecture: "The Kossuth-Széchényi Debate" -  Presenter: Andrea Mészáros, Cleveland, Ohio. For adults and High School students

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Saturday March 27, 2010, beginning at 2:00 pm: Seasonal Program: "The Art of the Easter Egg" - Learn about the symbolism of Easter egg decorations and take time to decorate one in the Hungarian style. For all ages; three levels of difficulty. Presenters: Tini Halácsy and Magda Temesváry


Magda Temesváry, folk artist and ethnographer, spoke on the symbolism of the decorative motifs found on Hungarian Easter eggs, and then our guests were able to decorate Easter eggs. Beginners decorated papermaché eggs with Tini Halácsy, the more advanced artists tried their hand with the "real thing" under Magda Temesváry's direction. This is an ancient Hungarian tradition!

Március 27-én, szombaton 2 órakor a Magyar Muzeumban Húsvéti tojás diszitésrõl rendeztünk programot. Temesváry Magda, népmüvész, elõadást tartott a sok gyönyörû motivumról, majd utána neki-láttunk a tojás diszítéshez. A fiatalabb vendégeink papirmaché tojást diszítettek Halácsy Tini segitségével, az idõsebb müvészek pedig valódi tojást diszítettek Magda irányításával.


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  NOW PAST new.gif     Saturday, May 15, 2010
Final lecture in the series
Presenter: Dr. Katalin Kádár Lynn

"Interwar Hungary:
The Trauma of Trianon and its Consequence"

  Click here for a link to Dr. Katalin Kádás Lynn's biography.

  Click here for information about Dr. Kadar Lynn's latest book: Tibor Eckhard in His Own Words: An Autobiography

(Please note: Dr. Judit Kesserü Némethy, New York University, New York, originally scheduled for this lecture date and time, iwas unable to come. Dr. Katalin Kádár Lynn graciously accepted the Museum's invitation to speak on a similar topic.)

Special exhibit:
Hungarian Classical Music Composers

February 20 through May 28, 2010

February 20, 2010, 2 pm (now past)
Opening presentation by :
Mr. Peter Laki,
eminent musicologist, professor and
program annotator for the Cleveland Orchestra.

Mr. Laki's presentation was on Hungarian Classical Music Composers
with special emphasis on Ferenc Erkel on the occasion of
the 200th anniversary of his birth.


Mr. Peter Laki is currently Visiting Associate Professor of Music at Bard College in New York state. His biography includes the following: Diploma in Musicology, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. Program annotator, Cleveland Orchestra (1990– ); editor, Bartók and His World (Princeton University Press, 1995); contributor, Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra and Cambridge Companion to Bartók; articles in Orbis Musicae, International Journal of Musicology, Institute for Canadian Music Newsletter, Hungarian Quarterly, others. Visiting assistant professor, Oberlin College (2003– ); has also taught at Case Western Reserve University, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, John Carroll University, Kent State University. (2007– ) Visiting Associate Professor of Music.

February 20 - May 28, 2010

The exhibit highlights 45 Hungarian composers

who profoundly influenced many generations and continue to be

a source of inspiration to contemporary composers in the 21st century.

Explore the world of Hungarian classical composers

- listen to their music

- learn about their fascinating lives

- browse through the interactive exhibit

with links to numerous web sites featuring many of the composers

Spanning across 500 years and a wide range of styles

from Renaissance through Classical, Romantic and Contemporary

Exhibit includes

the wildly popular "God of the Piano," Ferenc Liszt

three time Oscar winner Miklós Rózsa

internationally recognized Antal Dorati,

Kodály and Bartók, who helped change the sound of music in the 20th century

the most significant modern composers Farkas, Szöllösy, Kurtág and Ligeti

and the many others whose lives and accomplishments impacted

not only Hungarian classical music but music around the world

Featured composer

- Ferenc Erkel, Father of Hungarian Opera -

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth

Watch videos of his most celebrated works

Bánk Bán and Hunyadi László

The Exhibit will be at the Museum until May 28, 2010

Regular Museum Hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs, 11-3, Fri 11-5

Highlights of 2009 - Now past:


A Hungarian Neighborhood in Cleveland



Influence of Folk Art in Textiles & Pottery

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Buckeye Road Neighborhood

A Hungarian Community in Cleveland

Depicting the history of the Hungarian Buckeye Road neighborhood from the early 1900s to its demise in the late 1900s, this exhibition showsed the changing neighborhood through pictures and memorabilia. It was a nostalgic review of a once vibrant and close knit community, which has since dispersed into the suburbs.

Hungarian Applied Arts

Influence of Folk Art in Textiles & Pottery

Created for both function and beauty, and tailored and modified throughout the years to fit the to the ever-changing tastes of society, the exhibited items ranged from industrially mass produced to individually hand crafted items designed and produced primarily in Hungary and the United States.

The exhibition exploresdthe various facets of the influence of folk art in textiles and pottery in applied arts. (Applied art refers to the application of design and aesthetics to objects of function and everyday use.)

The items on display showed a range of design attributes borrowed from the many and various folk art regions of greater Hungary, including Transylvania. The exhibition explored creativity, form and the "look" of works of applied arts as influenced by this rich folk art heritage.

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The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society sponsored a Children's Christmas Program on
Saturday, December 12. for children from ages 5-11 (younger and older siblings invited to "tag along")


1. Getting to Know Hungary: a brief introductory presentation with pictures and facts
2. Mézeskalács cookie decorating
3. Hungarian Christmas card making
4. Hungarian huszár craft.
5. Map and Concentration games
6. Members of Girl Scout Troop 34 visited the Museum. "Kántálás" is an old custom in the villages where children went from house to house singing Christmas songs while collecting small donations.


On September 15, 2009, the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society sponsored a visit of “old-world” churches, soon to be closed, and which included coach, guided tour and catered wiener schnitzel lunch.

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(The 2010 Hungarian Baseball night is scheduled for June 5, 2010 !)

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CLASS A AFFILIATE OF THE CLEVELAND INDIANS: • Pre-Game Parade for all Hungarians! • Magyar Himnusz & The Star-Spangled Banner to be performed by a local Hungarian singer • Hungarian Strudel, Hungarian Sausage, and Stuffed Cabbage to be served at the concession stands • Hungarian Wine Tasting and Wine offered at our Left Field Bar • Hungarian Heritage Museum Exhibit • Egg Painting Activity for children on the concourse • Post-Game Fireworks Extravaganza! • Group Benefits: Hungarian Group Name on Video Board • Exclusive Group Raffle for Hungarian Groups • 10% Discount on Non-Sale Merchandise in the Cargo Hold


"Ruralia Hungarica - Hungarian Country Life"

Special exhibition of oil paintings,
offering a nostalgic glimpse into a simpler and gentler bygone era,
idyllic village life, and romanticized rural scenes of the Hungarian countryside of the past.

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  Click here for more information
on "Ruralia Hungarica"

and a few additional samples:


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camera-2.jpg This year's Cleveland International Film Festival of March 2009 included two Hungarian films: "BAHRTALO" and "THE INVESTIGATOR," at Tower City Cinema. You can look on for more information, including a summary of the films, their plots, directors, and awards.

CHHS members and all supporters of the Museum were welcome to participate in a group viewing Thursday, January 8 at 1:00 p.m. of the Cleveland Art Museum's fabulous exhibit on Faberge, Lalique and Tiffany. ZSUZSA RÁCZ, ONE OF OUR MEMBERS AND HUNGARIAN MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS, IS A DOCENT AT THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART AND LED OUR GROUP.  MS EVA SZABO,  ANOTHER MEMBERSAND HUNGARIAN MUSEUM VOLUNTEER, ORGANIZED THE TOUR.

Link to Clevland Museum of art exhibit:

About the exhibit:  Just over 100 years ago, three of history's greatest designers, Peter Carl Fabergé in Russia, Louis Comfort Tiffany in the United States, and René Lalique in France, were engaged in a spirited rivalry that drove each to attain unsurpassed heights in the creation of jewelry and luxury goods. In this opulent exhibition of more than 300 objects, see their greatest masterworks reunited for the first time since the legendary 1900 world's fair in Paris. Artistic Luxury offers a glimpse-through the stunning creations of these three great artists-into the world of the rich and famous during the years leading up to the First World War. Each designer was known for his own characteristic style and achievement, and the exhibition devotes a separate gallery to each jeweler, recreating the ambiance of the Paris world's fair.

A Cleveland Art Museum-ban a University Circle-ön a jelenlegi ideiglenes kiállítás: Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique. A legegyszerübb megnézni a múzeum honlapján, itt van hozzá
a link:

A kiállítás látogatását a HHS tagjaival január 8.-án délután 1 órakor terveztük, és magyar, valamint igény szerint angol nyelvü vezetésben volt részünk a múzeum docensei részérül. A kiállítás idöben visszavitt minket a századfordulóra, pontosan 1900.-ba, amikor Párizsban tartottak egy nagyszabású világkiállítást. Ezen a kiállításon szerepelt ez a három híres müvész egyszerre. Fabergé a messzi Oroszországból eljött és elhozta magával a cári család tagjai számára addig készített összes húsvéti tojásait, összesen negyvenet (a jelenlegi kiállításon 8 Fabergé tojás látható). A két Tiffany, apa és fia az ellenkezö irányból, Amerikából érkeztek és az új világ kincseit és müvészetét mutatták be. Lalique-nak persze nem kellett messzire mennie francia lévén. A hagyományos ékszerészet és a modern müvészet egyaránt képviseltette magát müvészetükben. A kiállítás varázslatos mint idöutazás de úgy is, mint látogatás Aladdin kincses kamrájába.

Mindenkit sok szeretettel vártunk. A kiállítás Cleveland után még San Franciscoba utazik és sehol máshol nem lesz megtekinthetö. Sokan messziröl jönnek ide megtekinteni, nekünk csak a University Circle-ig kell eljutnunk a nagy hóban!

NOW PAST dining Saturday, October 17, 2009: Vintner Dinner - A fundraising event to benefit the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society. See the special Vintner Dinner website for additional details.

Highlights of 2008 - Now past:

Link to:

 2007-2008 MONTHLY SEMINAR SERIES: Hungarian Folklore: An Intergenerational Series


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T h e   Cl e v e l a n d  H u n g a r i a n
H e r i t a g e   S o c i e t y
hosted you, your children and grandchildren, all
who like to work with their hands, listen to stories, learn
new words, and play games, at a
Christmas PROGRAM

on Saturday December 13, 2008

at the Hungarian Heritage Museum,
Galleria at Erieview.
Together we discovered the world of
Hungarian Christmas and winter holiday customs:
St. Lucy’s Day, Christmas candy wrapping,
crafts and stories, and an age-old Hungarian
village custom, a Nativity Play (Betlehemes),
performed by the members of
Hungarian Boy Scout Troop 14.

Now past:

Saturday, October 18, Vintner Dinner - at the Museum
See below for more details, or . . .

  Click here for special website on Vintner Dinner  

12th Annual Vintner Dinner

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TWELFTH Annual Vintner Dinner dining
to benefit the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum
was held Saturday, October 18, 2008
Seated formal dinner & gala evening
comparing Hungarian & other varietals at dinner,
featuring the cusine and wines of Hungary.

This year 2008's theme was:

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Celebrating the 550th anniversary of the reign
of Mátyás, Hungary's Renaissance King

  Click here for special website on Vintner Dinner    

Now past:

~ Saturday, November 8, 2008, "Folk Songs" - First in a series of Cultural programs sponsored by the Museum; Additional programs on Saturday, March 14, 2009, "Leisure activities and seasonal customs," and Saturday, May 9, 2009, "Folk Dances." See below for details!


Now past:

A previous exhibition:
July 19 - October 31, 2008, at the Museum


If you love operettas, love the music and the stories, we hope you did not miss our Museum's "WORLD OF HUNGARIAN OPERA, COMPOSERS AND THEIR WORKS" special exhibit!

The exhibit celebrated the legacy of operetta composers Franz Lehar, Emmerich Kalman, and Sigmund Romberg whose works were performed and enjoyed world-wide, as well as Pongrác Kacsoh, Victor Jacobi, Jenõ Huszka, Mihály Eismann, Albert Szirmai and other Hungarian composers who are lesser known today but whose creations gained Hungarian operetta recognition internationally at the beginning of the 20th century.

The exhibit showcasesdthe World of Hungarian Operetta through their music, film clips, posters, playbills, pictures, icluding costumes from stage productions on loan from the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, Ohio.

OPENING RECEPTION was held on Saturday, July 19th and featured a presentation about the history of Hungarian operetta and Hungarian operetta composers by Dr. Michael Miller, Founder and President of Operetta Foundation, Los Angeles, California, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, Ohio.

Regular Museum hours are: Wed, Thurs, Sat 11-3, Fri 11-5. Admission is free - donations to cover the cost of exhibits welcomed.)


 (See our Museum website on Hungarian Operetta.)

 More on "MARINKA"  ~ See  OHIO LIGHT OPERA for more information. . .)

Additional PAST Museum Events, 2008:

~ July 27, Sunday- "Marinka" at the Ohio Light Opera, Wooster, Ohio
More on "MARINKA"  ~ See  OHIO LIGHT OPERA for more information. . .)

~ August 23, Saturday- Szt. István program

~ August 24, Sunday- Hungarian Cultural Garden program

Hung-Nat-Gall-sm.jpgThe Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society was pleased to have Dr. Lilla Szabó May 14th at 7 p.m. This English-language lecture addressed the issue of cultural politics and how the political climate in Hungary influenced what art was promoted and neglected. For those of us who have been to the National Gallery in Budapest, we know what a fine museum it is! Dr. Szabó's visit to Cleveland gave us a unique chance to meet a professional in the world of Hungarian art.

Now past:

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NOW PAST EVENT - LECTURE - in ENGLISH - Saturday, February 9. 2008

The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society cordially invited everyone to a presentation in English by Edward Altmann, architect, archaeologist, soldier, world traveler, entitled:


a personal view, as seen by a Hungarian born, Cleveland raised entrepreneur who has worked and lived in the Muslim world for the past few years. An audio-visual presentation of eastern architecture, culture, archaeological artifacts and personal impressions.

A Clevelandi Magyar Történelmi Társulat szeretettel meghivott mindenkit a Magyar Múzeumba, 2008, február 9.-én szombaton d.u. 3 órakor Altmann Ede, építész, régész, katona, világ utazó


egy, a muzlim világban több évet eltöltött magyar tapasztalatai és meglátásai." címû angol nyelvû elõadására.

Audio-vizuális bemutatás: keleti építészet, kultúra, régészeti emlékek és személyes történetek.

Highlights of 2007-2008 - Now past:


Hungarian Folklore: An Intergenerational Series

The hunt of the White Stag, from the Chronicon Pictum, 1360

gynap-sm.jpgExperiencing Hungarian Folklore!!! Through this interactive series, we leaned the meaning and cultural value that folklore has in the Hungarian community. At each session, we reviewed the most widely known and best loved Hungarian legends, fables, and folk stories.

In addition, we offered activities and entertainment for our younger participants. Concurrently, we hosted focus group interviews with adults to learn about when-where-how each participant had heard about these folk stories and whether it was known to them in their youth. These interviews were audio-tape recorded and became part of our oral history to be preserved on the CHHS website.

All are invited to attend. The lectures were held at the Hungarian Heritage Museum, The Galleria, Downtown, Cleveland.    IN ENGLISH!



November 10 , 2007
"Legends of Hungary’s Origins"

Hunor and Magyar; Arany János, Rege a csodaszarvasról.
László Gyula rajzaival. Móra, Budapest, 1991, page 8.
The myth of the magic stag
Arany János, Rege a csodaszarvasról.
László Gyula rajzaival.
Móra, Budapest,1991, page 20.
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Chasing ther magic stag. Arany János, Rege a csodaszarvasról.
László Gyula rajzaival. Móra, Budapest, 1991, page 30.



January 12, 2008
"Kings and Queens in Hungary’s Folklore"

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St .Elizabeth with roses, stained glass window
St Elizabeth Church, Pozsony / Btratislava, Slovakia

King St Stephen with St Emeric in the Thuróczy
chronicle. Thuróczy János, A magyarok krónikája.
Fordította Horváth János. Magyar Helikon,
Budapest, 1978, page 102. Egon Gottl's photograph

Arany János:
,,Mátyás anyja"

Levelét megirta;
Azt is telesirta.

A levél,
Prága városába,
Viszen a
Szomorú fogságba:
. . . . . .
(részlet - 1854)   


March 15, 2008 (postponed from March 8, due to severe weather)
"Saints and Sinners"

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Julianus és Gellért barát szobra, I. ker.
Várnegyed, Halászbástya északi végénél,
a Hilton Szálló külso udvaránál Antal
Károly 2 m magas bronz szobrát
1937-ben készítette.

Árpádházi Szent Piroska (1088-1134)
Józsa Judit szobrászmûvész

The Lady of the Hungarians. Oratorium
Magnae Dominae Hungarorum Romae.
A római Szent Péter bazilika Magyarok
Nagyasszonya kápolnája. Tervezte:
Erdélyi János. Zrínyi Nyomda, Budapest,
é.n., cover page. Photograph: Károly
Szelényi and Attila Mudrák.


April 12, 2008
"Tall Tales"

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May 10 . 2008
"Best Loved Stories and Sayings about Mother"
Join us for a wonderful afternoon to celebrate Mother’s Day!
Special activities will be introduced to help Mothers, daughters and granddaughters celebrate together!!!

Anya és gyermeke I. 1868-69
Olaj, vászon, 137 x 94 cm
Magántulajdon, New York

Szônyi István, Anya, 1928


irta Petöfi Sándor

Egész uton - hazafelé -
Azon gondolkodám:
Miként fogom szólítani
Rég nem látott anyám?  

Mit mondok majd eloször is
Kedvest, szépet neki?
Midon, mely bölcsom ringatá,
A kart terjeszti ki.

S jutott eszembe számtalan
Szebbnél-szebb gondolat,
Mig állni látszék az ido,
Bár a szekér szaladt.

S a kis szobába toppanék...
Röpult felém anyám...
S én csüggtem ajkán... szótlanúl...
Mint a gyümölcs a fán.

Dunavecse, 1844. április

Highlights of 2007 - Now past:

Cleve city hall.jpg   NOW PAST EVENT    - The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum joined 5 other nationalities with an exhibit at Cleveland City Hall throughout November. 2007.
Address: 601 Lakeside Ave. in downtown Cleveland.

     WHEN - The Rotunda was open to the public. On November 19th, Monday, from 5:30 - 6:30 there was an hour long program in the Rotunda at City Hall, celebrating Hungarian Culture. This program too was open to the public.

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November was Eastern European Cultures month in the City of Cleveland. We were one of six nationalities participating. Each nationality was given the opportunity to organize an hour long program. The Hungarian program featured dancers from the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble, a DVD on Hungary sent to us by the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, and a presentation on the Hungarian immigrant commnunity in Cleveland. This program was  free and open to the public and sought to educate the audience on various aspects of Hungarian culture, history and Hungarian life in the greater Cleveland community.


NOW PAST special exhibition (2007) -

"The Designing Spirit - Hungarian Folk Art"






NOW PAST Special Exhibition:
"Domján -
Master of the Color Woodcut"

Centennial Exhibition

Opening was held on:
Saturday, April 14, 2007 at the Museum

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Our Other Most recent Past Events:

St. Stephen's Day
Szent István napi megemlékezés
- Saturday, August 18, 2007
w/ guest speakers (Magyarul - in Hungarian)

Program / Mûsor
Megnyitó ima: Nt. Tamásy Zoltán
Emlékezés Szent Istvánról: Lendvai-Lintner Imre, a KMCsSz elnöke
Zenei program: Kis Magyar Kórus
Ünnepi szónok: Bozóki Antal, nemzetközi jogász, délvidéki publicista:
"Magyarok a Vajdságban"

Verscsokor Hargitai István elõadásában
Záró ének: Kis Magyar Kórus

St. Stephen's Day with guest speakers ( in Hungarian):
Opening prayer by Rev. Zoltán Tamásy; Opening remarks about St. Stephen by Imre Lendvai-Lintner Imre, Pres., Hungarian Scouts in Exteris; Musical performances by the Little Hungarian Choir; Poetry recital by István Hargitai, &  guest speaker ANTAL BOZÓKI, journalist and publicist from Vojvodina

Read more about Szent István  /  St. Stephen & his role & importance in Hungarian History & Culture.


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Below - A 2007 PAST EVENT!

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Highlights of 2006 - Now past:

     '56 Exhibit was a huge success!

(Due to popular demand, our exhibit in 2006
about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
was available until
February 24, 2007.)

56-on-tank.jpg "Spirit of Freedom 1956" - "Az 1956-os Forradalom Ötvenedik Évfordulója"

From October 7 - To February 24, 2007

Official poster & invitations for exhibit

Opening Reception (now past) photos. 

Through December 30: Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays: 11 AM.-3 PM, Fridays: 11 AM-5 PM;

At the Museum located in the Galleria at Erieview at E. 9th Street & Lakeside Ave. in downtown Cleveland, free parking in underground garage on Saturdays;  phone (216) 523-3900 or  phone/fax  (440) 442-3466, or e-mail:
; Free, but donations welcome.

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, this extensive exhibit includes:

56-zaszló.jpg "Chronology of the Revolution": October 23rd to November 14 & the aftermath, historical accounting of the daily heroic events described in detail & depicted in photographs;

"Faces of the Revolution":  The stories of the courageous freedom fighters told through enlarged photographs taken during the Revolution by Erich Lessing & others;

"Documentary films": On TV monitors, various documentary films about the heroic events of 1956, including the CBS special with Walter Cronkite;  

"Support around the World": World Reaction and expression of sympathy & support expressed in poetry & literature by authors around the world, & photos of demonstrations in Cleveland and cities around the world;  

"Commemoration in Art ": Works of artists depicting the Revolution, particularly showcasing the works of Hungarian artist Mr. Csaba Kur, including charcoals, paintings and his life-size statue of the freedom fighters of the Revolution;  

(Original newpaper from the old Cleveland
News, 1956)

  Viewers - Your help is needed!!  

It's amazing the impression left in people by the '56 Hungarian refugees and freedom fighters, and that after 50 years, people still care enough about them to pursue it. We would like to help some supporters of the Hungarian Revolution, who are also friends of the Museum, and who are seeking our help in identifying and/or learning more about people who were victims of the events of 1956. Please contact us at the Museum at and we will forward the information and/or get you in touch with the individuals.



About the above photo- Mr. Charles R. Embrey (USA)  writes us:

Can you help identify these people???

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Henning Schultz of Copenhagen, Denmark, was 15 when he saw the picture of Erika on the front page of the Danish weekly newsmagazine Billed Bladet on November 13, 1956. The photo of Erika haunted Henning and he tried to gather information about her. He succeeded by meeting with a Hungarian refugee who had fled to Copenhagenafter the 1956 Revolution. The man told him that the girl's name was Erika, but didn't mention her last name. She had worked with him at the Hotel Béke in Budapest as a cook trainee, when she was 14, in 1955.

When the Revolution broke out, Erika was 15 years old and along with her boyfriend joined one of the freedom fighter groups in Budapest. She had been involved in several street fighting engagements. Around November 1st or 2nd, the Danish photo-journalist Vagn Hensen took several photos of her including the one you see here. Her now famous picture appeared in newspapers all over the free world. Erika, a demure girl with auburn hair and a charming personality and carrying a submachine-gun, had become an icon of the heroic Hungarian Revolution.

By the time the Russian troops counter-attacked Budapest en masse on November 4th, Erika had been persuaded by her colleagues to lay down her arms, but she continued her struggle by helping the wounded as a Red Cross volunteer. Around November 8th, during heavy street fighting, one of her colleagues was shot. Dressed in her Red Cross uniform and unarmed, she had tried to aid the wounded boy, but she too was gunned down by Russian machine guns, and died. No more about her is known.

Erika had been born in Budapest in 1941 during the second world war. She died at age 15 as a freedom fighter. She would now be around 65 years old, had she lived.

Can you help identify more about Erika and possibly her family???

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The Museum was pleased to host a reception in conjunction with the
3-Day Conference on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution held
on the campus of Case-Western Reserve University.  Details below:

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The Museum was honored to host Kinga Göncz,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary,
on September 23, 2006. The event was co-sponsored
by the Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary.

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Another Now PAST EVENT:
The Museum presented on Saturday, August 19, 2006 a program commemorating:

ST. STEPHEN'S DAY- with guest speaker (in Hungarian/Magyarul)

Historian and writer, chief librarian of the National Archives of Hungary,

and a musical program by the


Hungarian Dolls / Magyar Díszbaba
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This exhibit featured many forms of Hungarian dolls. The collection showsed not only the old and the new, but also a variety of colorful costumes. There were over 120 dolls, dressed in Hungarian regional costumes.  In most cases these dolls showcased Hungarian folk costumes and decorations in the form of fanciful needlework and embroidery. These dolls are a reflexion of a bygone era, that came alive in this exhibit!

August 5 through September 16, 2006

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The dolls ranged in size from three inches to three feet. Visitors to the Museum could view the dolls at their leisure, and also could pick up a handout which identified the region from which each doll's costume hailed, with a map of Hungary indicating each region..

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A Clevelandni Magyar Történelmi Társulat szeretettel meghívta Önt és kedves családját a most már múlt  kiállításunkat megtekinteni, ahol bemutattuk MAGYAR DÍSZBABA güjteményünket.


Would you like more information on Dolls, and especially Hungarian Dolls?  Check out these links below!

Hungarian Folk Dolls of Transylvania

Hungarian Folklore Dolls

Magyar folklore babák honlapja (magyarul)

Mezokövesd boy doll photo & description - scroll down to see

Boy doll fromHungary dated 1937, photo, scroll down to see

A history of the doll

United Federation of Doll Clubs

Local chapter (Indiana, Michigan & Ohio) United Federation of Doll Clubs

About doll collecting

National Costume dolls

Other Past Special Exhibitions:

Immediate past exhibitions, see also below:




This special exhibit featured local Hungarian-American artisans & craftsmen. Works covered PHOTOGRAPHY, WATERCOLOR, CERAMICS, WOOD CARVINGS, DECORATED EASTER EGGS, and many other items.

Artisans featured were:







& in memoriam


(Opening reception was held Saturday, April 1, 2006)

Highlights of 2005 - Now past:

We celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2005!




DATE of opening reception: Saturday, November 19, 2005  [NOW PAST]

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Ignac Fischer learned his craft at Herend and in 1867 founded his own pottery manufacture in Pest.  Imagination has no bounds and Fischer produced a wealth of decorative art pottery that was extensively exported. Many of the pieces found their way to the United State. These wares were fanciful creations based on Hungarian decorative motifs but incorporated middle eastern and oriental designs as well. The pieces in these exhibition provide a wide range of examples of this wonderful decorative art form.

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four-squ.gif     "An Exhibition of Donated Items  - Hungarian Memorabilia, Folk Art, Ceramics & Porcelain" (from August till mid November, 2005)
The Museum celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2005 & the generosity of its supporters by showcaseding recent donations that, because of space limitations, had not been exhibited before. 



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The people from "A View of America" came to the Museum and took many photographs. (They travel all over America and photograph the local attractions.) If you would like to see these pictures, go to their web site:, click on Ohio, then on attractions, and you will see the photos.


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St. Stephen's Day celebrations, with guest speaker
Ms. Valéria Komlós,
renown journalist from Budapest (in Hungarian), & opening reception for "An Exhibition of Donated Items  - Hungarian Memorabilia, Folk Art, Ceramics & Porcelain"
(in English & Hungarian)

Ms. Komlós is a well known journalist, head of the paper Magyar Nemzet, writer, historical & social researcher;  For an on-line version of this newspaper, visit:

four-squ.gif     Click here to learn more about St. Stephen and why his day is celebrated at home in Hungary and abroad.


four-squ.gif     Saturday, June 25, 2005:
" címû est, amelyen HAVAS JUDIT kiválló elõadómûvész Budapestrõl közkivánatra ismét fellépet és magyar költõk verseibõl adott elõ a Magyar Múzeum 20.-ik évfordulója tiszteletére.


four-squ.gif     Saturday, April 16, 2005:  "An Evening of Hungarian Splendor" with special Guest of Honor His Excellency Dr. Otto von Habsburg, Humanitarian & Statesman, to benefit Cleveland Council on World Affairs, also featured culinary delights by Kálmán Kalla, chef to royalty, from the legendary Gundel Restaurant in Budapest;  LOCATION:  The Union Club (Cleveland)


four-squ.gif     Sunday, April 17, 2005: Reception for His Excellency Dr. Otto von Habsburg by Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society; LOCATION: Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum, Galleria at Erieview


Past Special Exhibition: FISCHER - HUNGARIAN DECORATIVE POTTERY - Csodálatos Magyar Kerámia

fisch-i4.jpgThe Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum was proud to present a representative sampling of works by the Fischers, late 19th century Hungarian porcelain and pottery artists, with representative works from their pottery and porcelain manufacturing operation.


Ignác Fischer acquired his knowledge of arts and crafts in Hungary at his father's manufacture of ceramics in Tata-Tóváros. He then further refined and developed his knowledge of ceramics at the Herend factory, also in Hungary. [But note that Ignác is not among the immediate descendants of the 2nd owner of the original Herend factory, Móric Farkasházi Fischer.]  

Ignác founded his own workshop at Pest in 1864.  At first, he dealt only with painting the china products of other factories.  However, he produced his own ceramics beginning in 1867. Similar to Zsolnay, Fischer also specialized in the production of ornamentally decorated ceramics. He was successful mainly with his Majolica ware, sold in Austria-Hungary and also sold for export. Fischer also produced pieces decorated with Chinese motifs sold at the Hungarian Exposition of 1885.  He was successful in winning many major awards. Eventually his son Emil took over the operation. But by 1885, under the direction of Emil Fischer, the factory slowly began to lose its standing and eventually became the property of the Zsolnay Factory in Pécs in south west Hungary. Some have asserted that Zsolnay bought out the Fischers to put them out of business in favor of his own.
Source, partially adapted from:

(Magyarul) Fischer Ignác:
(Magyarul) Fischer Emil:

There was no place else, not even in Hungary, where this many objects made by the Fischer Hungarian Porcelain Factory could have been seen in one place. These were all objects made at the end of the 19th century and so every one of the items was over 100 years old,  as the factory went out of business about the turn of the century. Unlike the other well-known Hungarian porcelain factories of Herend and Zsolnay that are still in production today, there are no more made by Fischer - and, probably as a result, the Fischer pieces are just now becoming very collectible. They're surfacing in auctions of estates and on the internet and some pieces, particularly the art nouveau style, are beginning to fetch hefty sums into the many thousands. There were very fine examples of the art nouveau style in the Museum's exhibition - a piece that is a wonderfully elaborate and artistic nautilus shell bowl or centerpiece that is amazing - but, in addition to the art nouveau style, there were many other styles represented, in fact there were 43 exquisitely decorated objects and they ranged in size from a 5" kulacs decorated in the then popular Chinese style, to a vase that was 3 feet tall, etched and enameled and outlined in gold with traditional Hungarian floral motifs.


Past Special Exhibition: "Cleveland Artists of the Early to Middle Twentieth Century, Teachers & Innovators" 

Special Exhibition, Gala Celebration & Concert, March 19 [now past]:


John Csosz, biography, samples of his paintings
John Csosz, Goodyear Zepplin Air Dock, Cleveland Museum of Art
John Csosz, more from Cleveland Museum of Art
John Csosz, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, "Tomorrow"   [scroll down]
John Csosz, drawing of Lithuanian Cultural Garden, Cleveland

Kálmán Kubinyi, samples of works, from Case Western Reserve University
Kálmán Kubinyi, Dunham Tavern Illustration,1932   [scroll down]
Kálmán Kubinyi, from Univ. of Michigan collection
Kálmán Kubinyi, from Sioux City Art Center

Paul Riba, biography
Paul Riba, sample art works
Paul Riba, samples from Cleveland Museum of Art
Paul Riba, samples from Illinois State Museum

Sándor Vágó, biography
Sándor Vágéó, "In Bedroom" or "In The Eyes of the Beholder"   [scroll down]
Sándor Vágó "Chrysanthemums"    [scroll down]
Sándor Vágó, biography, samples of his works


Immediate past special exhibition:
Hungarian-Polish Friendly Relations

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This exhibit covers almost 1,000 years of friendly historical interaction between Hungary & Poland.  It highlights many important historical figures the two countries have shared or given each other:  kings, saints, generals, and political leaders such as Louis the Great, St. Kinga, Ulászló I, Louis II, Stephen Báthory, József Bem and many others.  The two countries have also shared historical events that affected both, including the fight against Turkish expansion into Europe in the 16th & 17th s centuries, allowing the escape of Polish troops across Hungary's border in the 1939, and mutual support for the Polish Freedom Demonstrations & the Hungarian Freedom Fight against Soviet Communist rule in 1956.


Polish Americans & Their Communities in Cleveland
Polish-Hungarian On-line Dictionary
Library of Congress Links to Poland, Polish Culture
A Time-line of Poland and Lithuania
A Brief History of Poland
Prominent Polish Names
Embassy of Poland in Slovenia [In English!  Great further links!] 
Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC
Józef Zachariasz Bem
St. Kinga

Ulászló I       [King of Hungary & Poland]
Reign of Ulaszlo II and Louis II
Polish & Hungarian (also other) Costumes, 17th Century
Introduction to Medieval Poland [With remarks on Louis the Great,  Stephen Bathory, links, bibliographies, etc.]
Polish castle (with Hungarian roots) in Niedzica
Polish horses  [Includes remarks on Hungarian & Turkish horses]
Fall of Communism in Poland
Links to Polish Culture & Fine Arts
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NOW PAST EVENT - Previous Special Exhibition:

The Zsolt Gregora Estate Collection:  
Hungarian Folk Art
[embroidery, ceramics, wood carvings,
musical instruments, Herend porcelain]


  Click here for much interesting information about Hungarian Folk Art
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Highlights of 2004 - Now past:

  PAST  EXHIBITION, Summer 2004 :

Our Museum was pleased to present a special exhibition of the work of  the internationally acclaimed Hungarian American  artist,

-- Mr. George Kozmon  --

George Kozmon received his BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art and has been shown internationally in France and Germany and in numerous galleries in the U.S. including the Robert Kidd Gallery in Michigan, and the Mary Bell Galleries in Arizona, and Chicago, Illinois.

" Even before his graduation from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1982, George Kozmon's work was widely recognized and awarded. His architectural explorations of European structures evolved during an extended stay abroad, thanks in part to the Helen Green Perry Traveling Scholarship. Since those early days Mr. Kozmon has developed a vision and a path for his art. He has exhibited his work in over twenty solo shows, in both commercial and institutional fine art venues. In addition the work has been shown exclusively throughout the United States as well as Toronto, Ontario, Paris, France and Cologne, Germany."

"Mr. Kozmon is the recipient of four Ohio Arts Council grants, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship. His work is in many public and private collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Butler Institute of American Art and the Erie Art Museum. Currently Mr. Kozmon's work has moved from static man-made structures to dynamic figural compositions exploring a new vision."

Mr. George Kozmon is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum.  He was also one of the "Guests of Honor" at the 5th Annual Benefit Vintner Dinner in 2002, hosted by the Museum.

Partially adapted from:

& also see above for selected photos of works by, the artist

The artist's personal website:

Photo of Painting by George Kozmon:

Highlights of 2003 - Now past:

Saturday, 15 March, 2003


Mr. Elmer Meszaros, Program Emcee, introduces the Honorable Jane Campbell, Mayor of Cleveland, who prepares
to read a Proclamation in honor of the Museum, and who will cut the red-white-green ribbon,  officially opening the
Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum in the Galleria at Eriview in downtonw Cleveland.  The Mayor stands
underneath the "Székely Kapu" or Transylvanian Gate, hand carved by the Hungarian Boy Scouts of Troop 22,
Cleveland, which forms the entrance to the Museum.


For a description of the events,

please see Home Page /Index

For Service "above and beyond the call of duty"
Many thanks to the following individuals for exceptional
help during the relocation of the Museum, and with the
Grand Opening at the new location

Maria Friedrich

Otto Friedrich

Kathy Gulden

Hajnal Kézdi

George Kozmon

Andrew Lázár

Elmer Mészaros

Magdalene Mészáros

Zoltán Mestrits

Klára Papp

Martha Pereszlényi-Pintér

Valerie Ratoni-Nagy

Thomas Ratoni-Nagy

Kori Smith

Éva Szabó

Steve Szappanos

Susan Szappanos

Andrew Temesváry

Mary Temesváry

Steve Tokar

Tuesday, 25 March, 2003

His Excellency András Simonyi, Ambassador from
the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary,Washington, DC,
visits the Museum.


(March 25, 2003):  Mr. August B. Pust, Ph.D., Commission Member, United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, Washington. DC, presents the Ambassador with a preliminary draft of the monograph researched and written by a Museum Committee on the life of General Michael de Fábriczy Kováts, Hungarian-American hero of the American Revolutionary War of 1776, who fought alongside and with General George Washington for American independence.  Also pictured (L-R) Dr. Ferenc Szebényi,  Political Counselor, Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, Washington DC;  Mrs. Maria Friedrich, Vice President, CHHS & Museum;  Mr. Pust;  Mr. Simonyi; and Mr. László Böjtös, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Hungary, Cleveland;  Behind the group are posters and other realia depicting the life of  General Michael de Fábriczy Kováts;  [Prof. Margaret Kotnik (not pictured) heads the Fábriczy de Kováts Committee (which includes Mr. Pust, Mr. Ted Horváth, Dr. Magdalene Mészáros, Mr. Lél Somogyi, Mr. Steve Szappanos, and Prof. Clara Thurner.)]

ballgr.gifballgr.gif(Some of our past exhibition web pages are
still available - please click below to see highlights:


See also our "About the Hungarian Heritage Society" webpage,
which includes earlier history and exhibitions.)


(The following exhibits were on display at the locations noted:)

1. April, 1986 - Opening of the Museum and Exhibit, St. Elizabeth Church

2. Sept. 26, 1987 - 2nd exhibit at St. Elizabeth

3. November 25 & 26, 1988 - exhibit regarding museum at St. Elizabeth for the Hungarian Association's World Congress, Bond Court Hotel

4. March 2 - April 30, 1992 - Hungarian Folk Art - A Celebration of Hungary, Natural History Museum

5. April 24 - May 23, 1993 - Magyar Art in the Era of the Dual Monarchy, Beck Center (Lakewood)

6. November. 24, 1995 - Family Days/Family Traditions, Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum

7. October 23 - November 9, 1996 - 40th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution

8.  November 1996 - Hungarian Stamps and Coins exhibit


(The following exhibits were on display at the the
Richmond Square Mall location of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum:)


9. February - March, 1997 - Hungarian Embroidery and Fancy Needlework
SEE:ballgr.gif 1) Highlights of Embroidery; 2) Artists of the Western Reserve;
3) Photography Exhibit

10. April - May, 1997 - Hungarian Pottery and Porcelain
SEE:ballgr.gifHighlights of Pottery & Porcelain

11. May 30th - July, 1997 - Contemporary Hungarian-Americans
 - An Exhibit of Fine Arts
SEE:ballgr.gif 1) Highlights of Embroidery; 2) Artists of the Western Reserve;
3) Photography Exhibit

12. August 1997 - Photography of Robin Hlobeczy
SEE:ballgr.gif 1) Highlights of Embroidery; 2) Artists of the Western Reserve;
3) Photography Exhibit

13. September - October 1997 - Hungarian Dog Breeds
SEE:ballgr.gif Highlights of Hungarian Dog Breeds

14. November 1997 - February 1998 - A Sampling of Hungarian Art and Culture


(The following exhibits were on display at the the
Richmond Square Mall location of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum:)


15. March - April, 1998 - 150th Anniversary of the 1848 War of Independence
SEE:ballgr.gif Highlights of the 1848  War of Independence & Louis Kossuth

16. May 2 - May 23, 1998 - Herend - The Art of Hungarian Porcelain

17. June 1998 - Hungarian Arts and Theater, at the Cleveland Playhouse

18. June 19, 1998 - June 23, 1999 - Hungarian Images, at the Lake County Historical Society
SEE:ballgr.gif Highlights of two off-site exhibitions

19. Oct. 3, 1998 - January 1999 - Hungarian Embroidery, at Notre Dame College

20. March 13 - April 18, 1999 - Moments in Hungarian History, at John Carroll University's Grasselli Library
SEE:ballgr.gif Highlights of two off-site exhibitions

21. October 1999 - February, 2000 - Hungarian-American Contributions to Cleveland

20. March - July, 2000 - Hungarian Artists of the Emigration
SEE:ballgr.gif  Hungarian Artists of the Immigration

22. Aug., 2000 - January, 2001 - St. Stephen and the Holy Crown
SEE:ballgr.gif Herend Exhibit, Millennium Exhibit,
Holy Crown of St. Stephen Replica

23. January 20 - June 10, 2001 - Hungarian Textiles - Weaving, Lace and Embroidery
SEEballgr.gif Hungarian Textiles, Weaving, & Fancy Needlework

24.  June 2001 - October 2001
SEEballgr.gifHungarian Military History in Art, Artifacts, and Memorabilia

25.  November 2001 - February, 2002

SEEballgr.gifZsolnay Porcelain

26.  February 2002 - April 2002   - "Artistic Impressions"
Opening reception was: Saturday, February 16, 2002, 3-5 PM
Watercolors:  Mr. Imre Bogárdy;  Photographers:  Mr. George Búza, Mr. Zsolt Gregora, Mr. Stephen Spinder, Mr. Béla Temesváry;  as an added attraction, Mr. Spinder, visitor from Hungary, presented a slide show of his work on Saturday, March 9, 2002, at 4 PM, after the Hungarian History Lecture.

27.  April 20, 2002 - Mid July 2002
SEEballgr.gif Web page for following (click this line)
"NASA-Hungary Space Research Activities"
"50 Years of Hungarian Scouting in Cleveland"
"150th Anniversary of Louis Kossuth's Visit to America"

28. July-December, 2002
SEEballgr.gif Web page for following (click this line)
1)  Hungarian Prints, Portraits, & Landscapes, focusing on Hungarian-American Artist Stephen Csoka
2)  Scouting in Cleveland
3)  150th Anniverssairy of Louis Kossuth's Visit to America
4)  Halas Lace Exhibit, Ursuline College Student Center, also at Museum

SEE: ballgr.gif The Hungarian Immigrant Experience (Spring, 2004)



ballgr.gif Highlights of the FIRST Vintner Dinner

ballgr.gif Highlights of the (2002) Vintner Dinner

ballgr.gif Christmas in Hungary
- not an exhibition - but much interesting information

ballgr.gifHungarian EASTER Traditions  
[=decorated eggs, links to easter sprinkling, & also religious themed Hungarian Easter traditions]

ballgr.gifSeminar Series on Hungarian History



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