We are proud to present our new exhibit commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. As a center of Hungarian culture in the Northeast Ohio area, this exhibit is an important component of the Hungarian-American Community's celebration of the Spirit of Freedom, that was 1956! Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, October 22 at 2 o'clock at the Museum on the Lower Level of the Galleria in Downtown, Cleveland. Parking is available in the Galleria parking Garage.
On Saturday evening, October 8th, the Museum welcomed its supporters at this year's Vintner Dinner that was held at the Museum and Cafe Sausalito in the Galleria, in Downtown Cleveland. Our guests had a chance to taste five Hungarian wines from some of Hungary's best boutique vineyards, listen to the wonderful music of Harmonia, and enjoy good food and fellowship at this, our 20th, Vintner Dinner.
This year's Vintner Dinner honorees were Réka Pigniczky and Andrea Lauer Rice, co-producers of the The Memory Project, a visual history archive, that includes interviews of American Hungarians who immigrated to the United States after WWII and after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Andrea Lauer Rice was able to personally attend the Dinner and explained to our guests that recording memories from these historical times through the eyes of those who lived them is the compelling reason for this Project. They will continue to collect the stories of people who are willing to share their thoughts and memories of the events of 1956, as well as recording the experiences of members of the DP (Displaced Persons) generation. If you wish to learn more about this worthwhile project, you can watch the video included in this post and enter into the world of historical events through the lives of those who were interviewed by Réka and Andrea. This link is a key to so much personal information that make historical data come alive so that one can put a face to the events described in the interviews. Continue reading to view the video and the photos from the Dinner!Read more...
We invite you to join us at these events at the Cleveland Hungarian Museum!
Oct. 22th OPENING OF EXHIBIT TITLED: “Spirit of Freedom 1956 – Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution”. The extensive exhibit pays tribute to the courageous freedom fighters and examines the events and the aftermath and the legacy of the uprising that shook the Soviet Empire at its core through: Chronology of the Revolution; Faces of the Revolution; Documentary Films; Support Around the World; and Commemoration in Art.
Special guest speaker, Edith K. Lauer, Chair Emerita of the Hungarian American Coalition, and witness to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution will share her memories along with others collected through the Memory Project: Hungarian American Visual History Archive by Andrea Lauer and Reka Pigniczkey.
Nov. 12th EUROPEAN UNION IN A CHANGING WORLD: PROMISE & POTENTIAL (UN)FULFILLED?
Gabriella Paar-Jakli, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept of Political Science, Kent State University
Dr. Paar-Jakli is an expert on the European Union (EU) which is a unique economic and political union between 28 European countries with a population of 500 million people. While the European Union has increased economic cooperation by creating a huge single market on the European Continent, there are numerous challenges to be overcome. Hungary’s place in the EU and current challenges will be discussed.