On Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 o'clock, at the Museum, we are pleased to present our second program in this Fall series:
"Ransoming a King: the Life of Erzsébet Szilágyi"
Presented by Ildikó (Falk) Peller, Associate Professor, Cuyahoga Community College, Retired
Erzsébet Szilágyi was the daughter of László Szilágyi and Catherine Bellyéni, members of two influential Hungarian families of the 15th century that were loyal to King Zsigmond of Hungary. She was the wife of János Hunyadi. After her husband’s death in 1456, her older son, László Hunyadi, was executed. Erzsébet's younger son, Mátyás, was taken to Prague by the young King. Erzsébet negotiated Mátyás’s release, and he was subsequently crowned King of Hungary in 1458; Erzsébet continued to be an influential woman in the Kingdom.Read more...
For nine months, Bertold Illés came to our Museum four days a week to work on various projects that benefited our organization. In addition, as a Kőrösi Csoma intern, Bertold worked with other Hungarian organizations in the Cleveland area, thereby fulfilling the mission and goal of the Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program (KCSP), a project directed and funded by the Hungarian government with the goal of helping Hungarians maintain and nurture their Hungarian identity throughout the Diaspora. On May 22nd, with many of his new friends and acquaintances in attendance, Bertold gave a Hungarian language presentation which included a summary of the KCSP program; he then went on to share his personal experiences working within the Hungarian community here in Northeast, Ohio. He then focused the rest of his presentation on the research he conducted with reference to a hand-written memoir found in the Museum's archives.