Visit the Museum by Appointment and other news.

We invite you to visit the Museum be making an appointment. You can call the Museum's telephone number, 216-523-3900 and leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. Or you can write a message to our email address, museum@clevelandhungarianmuseum.org, and we will reply and arrange for your visit. Another way to plan a visit is to call Andrea Meszaros, at 440-247-5144, and leave a message, and we will make your visit happen!

We observe all the COVID protocols, and insuring your safety as well as the safety of the volunteers who will be present during your visit is a priority.

Finally, our monthly programming will resume in February, 2021. We hope to see you on ZOOM for our first program on February 13th at 2 o'clock! Look for details in the near future!



December 12th program featured thoughtful young authors!

On Saturday afternoon, December 12th, our two young essay contest winners read their essays to our audience, who were virtually present for this last program in our series on the Treaty Of Trianon. You can read their essays below.

Tesza Csajka is a sixth grader, whose Hungarian father was born and raised in Kassa, Slovakia , and whose mother was born in the U.S. and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Ferenc Somogyi is a high school senior who shared what it is like to have a Hungarian father and a Romanian mother, and how their family life has an impact on how he views his ethnic identity.

The contest rules asked the participants to offer ideas as to how they could make the theme of Hungarian National Unity and Cohesiveness a reality in their lives and the lives of Hungarians living everywhere. Their essays were thought-provoking, at times poignant, and often gently humorous. Both young authors relied on personal experiences to help develop their ideas on maintaining and growing in their Hungarian identity.

We are so proud of these two young people; the audience of adults were encouraged by the enthusiasm, idealism and forward looking nature of their essays. We bring you both essays in their entirety, and we hope you will profit by reading them and spending time contemplating the same issues that these young writers grappled with.

(To read the essays, click the Read More link.)


Hungarian Winter Traditions

Did you know that on December 6th, Hungarian children are visited by St. Nicholas, "Mikulás Bácsi", who leaves treats for children in their shoes or boots? One had to be obedient and helpful throughout the year.

December 13th is St. Lucy's day. In Hungarian folk life, this day, called "Luca Napja", has many unique customs associated with the day. The customs are varied, and include making a chair which is designed to ward off the witches that cause chaos in life. The chair is built over 13 days starting on the 13th, and each day a specific part of the chair is completed. The "Lucaszék" is just one of many village customs that mark St. Lucy's Day in Hungary.