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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: hours we are open and future programming!

Come visit us!

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! Winters in Northeast Ohio can be challenging. When we are experiencing severe weather, please call the Museum after 11 o'clock to verify that we are open.

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded two grants by the Hungarian Government through the Bethlen Gábor Fund Management, in support of our efforts to share with the greater community our Hungarian culture and history and the Hungarian immigrant story of Northeast, Ohio.

 The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society held its Annual Meeting on November 15th at the Museum. President Janos Szigeti gave his report, followed by the financial statement prepared by treasurer Hajnal Kezdi. Eva Szabo reported on the Society's IRS Tax return submitted in 2023, and Elmer Meszaros reported on the Society's Endowment Fund. Curator Andrew Lazar summarized the last 12 months of exhibits and cataloging. The membership elected the Officers and Board members presented by the Nominating Committee. The Annual Meeting ended with the swearing in of those elected.

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Saturday, March 9: Soccer with a Hungarian twist!!

We invite you to join us for the second program in our 2024 Program Series which will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 2 o’clock at the Hungarian Museum.

Title: “Soccer is Your Game for Life”, A Hungarian Immigrant’s Contributions to US Soccer, presented by John P. Gyékényesi, PhD.

Dr. John Gyékényesi

Dr. John Gyékényesi is a distinguished engineer, who retired from NASA’s Glenn Research Center. A highly regarded and respected professional in his field of engineering, John Gyékényesi has another passion in his life, and that is the sport of soccer.  He started his U.S. soccer experience in 1953, playing in the American (later Lake Erie) Soccer League of Cleveland until 1988.  He participated in numerous National Cup competitions representing the Ohio Soccer Association-North (OSAN) and was selected to participate in the All-Ohio and All-Midwest teams. His commitment to spreading the love of the sport continued, and during the early 70s, he was involved with the professional soccer team, the Cleveland Stars/Cobras. Dr. Gyékényesi played a significant role in the growth of American soccer; he was active with the Professional American Soccer League, the United States Adult Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation. Throughout these years, he met some of the world’s most famous soccer players and he will share his impressions of these stars. He was among the early pioneers in 1967 when youth soccer started in Cleveland, promoting further growth. Today, 70 years later, soccer is an accepted part of U.S. sports, thanks to thousands of committed organizers such as John Gyékényesi.  Youth soccer has millions of players, professional soccer is well established, and the United States Soccer Federation is a major and important member of FIFA. We will have the opportunity to hear the story from someone who lived it!

This program will be in English and is one that no sports fan should miss!

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Mikulás and a cimbalom at the Museum
On Saturday December 9th, we welcomed 29 children and the many parents and grandparents who accompanied them to the Museum for our Annual Children's Program. We had a full house, including members of our Board who dropped in, and some adult guests and friends of the Museum who came to see the Domján Exhibit and also to do some shopping and enjoy some chit chat. One can't help but suspect that having a marvelous cimbalom player as part of the festivities also lured some people to spend time at the Museum.
We are grateful that Alex Fedoriouk accepted our invitation to introduce the world of the cimbalom to young people at this year's program. He was wonderful!! He not only demonstrated the many layers of music that can come forth from this instrument, but he talked about the history and the construction of the cimbalom; and then, brave man that he is, he invited the children to come up and try their hand at playing the instrument. Many of them did, and it was a joy to hear and see them take the mallets into their hands!
Mikulás Bácsi was very gracious, as he talked with each child either in English or Hungarian, whichever language the children were more comfortable with. And he was especially careful to repeat as often as was necessary to the younger ones "nem kell félni"...
It is a well-known fact that our Museum operates as a purely volunteer organization, and without volunteers, we could never pull off a successful event such as this annual Children's Program. It is a testament to these volunteers that each year we are able to offer an enriching afternoon to our young visitors, and to do what is appropriate in this season- that is, GIVE THE GIFT OF CULTURE! We are confidant that we succeeded in doing just that- just look at all the photographs!
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CSU Fulbright Scholar brings class to the Museum.

DR. Krsztina Fehér had a brilliant idea! What better way to immerse her beginning Hungarian language class into the wealth of Hungarian culture than to actually have a class session at the Museum? To that end, members of her classes met at the Museum the morning of September 24th, and spent the hour discovering bits of Hungarian culture, history and artistry, and learning some of the basics of Hungarian folk dancing. The students were joined by Dr. Antonio Medina-Rivera from the CSU Department of World Languages, Literature and Cultures. Mr. László Tihanyi, a professional folk dancer and instructor from Hungary,  joined the class and was able to create some of the exuberance of the "táncház" movement that supports Hungarian  folk dancing in Hungary as well as in the Diaspsora. We enjoyed having these students at the Museum, and we hope to continue hosting future CSU Hungarian language classes!

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We have launched our Online Collections Catalog
and we are excited to share them with the world!

~ WELCOME to our ONLINE COLLECTIONS DATABASE ~

You can see the many wonderful items that have been entrusted into our care ** no matter where you are **

Click here to visit the Museum’s exciting new resource!  There’s a lot more to come, so check back often!!

 

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.