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The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society’s mission is to preserve Hungarian culture and the history of Hungarians in Northeast Ohio, so that present and future generations can draw upon its collection for education, inspiration and enrichment. To carry out its mission, the Society sponsors educational and research activities, and operates a museum and library as a repository and exhibition center for Hungarian historical, literary and artistic items.

News about the Museum: grants and days we are open

We wish to acknowledge our appreciation for the 2021 grant our Museum received from the Bethlen Gábor Alap, and its continued support of our efforts to preserve the history and culture of Hungarians living in Northeast Ohio! This grant helps our efforts to showcase our collection and library, plan for programs and lectures, and welcome visitors to the Hungarian Museum.

We also gratefully acknowledge a grant received from the Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel to help fund the preservation of news videos featuring Hungarian community life in the Cleveland area.

The Museum is open to visitors on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11-3. If you would like to visit us on another day when we are not open, you can make an appointment by either calling the Museum telephone number, 216-523-3900 and leaving a message, or you can write a message to our email address, museum@clevelandhungarianmuseum.org, and we will reply and arrange for your visit.  Please give us at least a 4 day notice! The Museum will be closed on Good Friday, April 15th.

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Save the Dates!

After missing two years due to the Covid pandemic, we are finally able to join with two other Hungarian organizations to participate in HUNGARIAN HERITAGE NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK! The ballpark that has been hosting this event is The Lake County Captain's Ballpark in Eastlake , Ohio. The date of this event is Friday evening, August 5th. The Museum is joining the Hungarian Cultural Center of Northeast Ohio and the William Penn Fraternal Association that evening, and past experience shows us that combining America's past-time with Hungarian culture is a successful recipe for having a fun time. It is truly a family event! As we receive information from the Captain's team office , we will post them on this website. To date we know that August 5th is a fireworks night, that Hungarian Heritage Night t-shirts will be available; we also know that they will serve Hungarian food, that we will hear the Hungarian national anthem as part of the opening ceremony, and that the jumbo screen will feature Hungarian trivia that will entertain the those in attendance. So plan on joining us on Friday evening, August 5th!

Play ball!!

Plan to join us for our annual Vintner Dinner on Friday, October 14th! This dinner is our main fundraising event. Once again we will feature wonderful Hungarian wines that are unique,  and we invite you to "taste" five of them with us at our dinner! Stay tuned for the details!

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Hungarian Easter Eggs

There is nothing lovelier than a basket filled with beautifully decorated Easter Eggs. The colors and the designs make you want to decorate eggs like that. Well, you can do just that! Just read on.

Hungarian decorated Easter eggs

Hungarian decorated Easter eggs

Many cultures celebrate Easter, and part of their heritage includes the art of egg decorating. Hungary is no exception to this custom, and many Hungarian Americans have preserved this ancient custom and bring it to life in their homes each spring.  Years ago the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum hosted a hands-on program dedicated to teaching egg decorating techniques Hungarian style. Magda Temesváry began the  program by telling the audience of adults and children that the decorating of eggs goes back many centuries to the times when the Magyar people had not yet  converted to Christianity.  Remains of decorated egg shells have been found in ancient Magyar graves.

The decorated eggs of the ancient Magyars served almost the same purpose as modern day greeting cards: they had a message scratched on them that you could "read" if you knew what the various symbols meant. When someone received an egg, it may have wished them a long life, or health, or many children. The color and the designs all meant something to the ancient Magyars, and these designs were handed down over many generations, taking on Christian meanings as the people began to decorate eggs as part of their Easter tradition.

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In February, 2020, the Museum received a grant from the Ohio History Connection, which allowed us to purchase software that will enhance our ability to catalog our collection, and incorporate donor and support information into one database. As a recipient organization, we are please to announce that this project is made possible in part by the Ohio History Fund, a grant program of the Ohio History Connection. The Ohio History Fund is made possible by voluntary donations of state income tax refunds, sales of Ohio History “mastodon” license plates, and other donations.

The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society which sponsors the Museum and its Programs, is an Ohio state registered non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.