Our Mission

  1. To collect, or to accept as donation or loan, items, artifacts, books and papers of interest to Hungarian Heritage or Identity for the purposes of their preservation and display.
  2. As space permits, to exhibit some or all of these items in the Museum, providing them with an artful and professional environment, and presenting them in a context most conducive to full appreciation and understanding by the viewing public. Descriptive titles written in English (and Hungarian, where desirable) are to be affixed or attached to each item displayed. As necessary additional research may need to be done to have such presentations be factually full and complete. As the amount of articles may be such as to disallow simultaneous display, some degree of rotation and freshening of the permanent exhibits with previously undisplayed articles is desirable.
  3. Whenever desirable for completeness and factual correctness, to attempt to solicit, search out, or find missing components, parts of existing exhibits. For example, if the Museum’s collection of national folk costumes may be missing a representative item from a significant ethnic area, the Museum should actively endeavor to acquire such item. One vehicle of such solicitation may be the Society’s “Review” publication.
  4. In addition to the exhibition and display of donated and loaned articles, to create viewing areas of display boards providing written narrative with supporting pictorial material, as desirable or available, of the following subjects, as example:
    • History of Hungarians in Cleveland, Buckeye Rd, near West side.
    • History of Hungarians in America
    • Hungarian churches in Cleveland
    • Historical lifeline of Hungarian societies in Cleveland, from the 1800’s to today.
    • Hungarian press, from the 1800’s to today
    • Hungarian radio programs over the past 50 years
    • Famous Hungarians of Cleveland
    • Famous Hungarians of the World
  5. In addition to the permanent exhibits, to set aside an area in which temporary special exhibits of Hungarian history, culture, fine arts, literature may be arranged. These, to be set up for 4-6 months, from existing articles and materials, or borrowed from individuals for the express purpose and duration of the exhibit.. Examples of topics for such exhibits may include:
    • Hungarian textiles, weaving and embroidery
    • Hungarian wines
    • Hungarian pottery and porcelain (Herendi, Hollóházi, Zsolnai etc.)
    • Hungarian painters in Ohio
    • Cleveland Hungarian greats
    • Famous Hungarians of the world, Nobel laureates, greats in science, technology, arts, literature, sports, etc.
    • Hungarian national history in context and relation to the rest of the world, lifeline of kings and rulers, depictions of great events in history,
    • Rare and antique books, and/or books of rare literary value of the Hungarian literature.
  6. To collect, or to accept as donation or loan, books of interest to Hungarian Literature, Heritage or Identity for the purposes of their preservation. In order to make these books available to prospective readers or researchers, a library is to be set up in which individuals may peruse any book on the shelves. The books shall be arranged by subject matter, for easy access. The Museum shall endeavor to create a catalogue of books in the possession of this library.
    The primary objective of this library is to collect, preserve and safeguard examples of

    • books and literary products of unique and antique value, in the Hungarian language
    • books and literary products of public interest or literary value, in the Hungarian language
    • books and literary products written in other than Hungarian, dealing with subjects related to Hungarian culture, history, politics etc.
    • periodicals, or archives representing Hungarian publications or personal records providing written record of Hungarian social history and activity in America.

    Multiple copies of books on hand may be loaned out or sold. A list of these shall be publicized periodically in our “Review”.

  7. To set up and operate a gift shop. This shop to contain articles for sale for a segment of the buying public interested in unique gift items of Hungarian origin or relating to Hungarian language, music, customs or cooking, etc. Articles for sale may be obtained from wholesalers on consignment, or received as donations from individuals. The proceeds from the shop is to be used toward defraying the operating costs of the Museum.
  8. To endeavor to attract, invite and receive speakers or entertainers from Hungary, or others making presentations relative to the interest of the Cleveland Hungarian society, or others interested in Hungarian affairs. The Museum is to provide a place for an audience of up to 100, for this purpose.
  9. To plan, design and organize, possibly annually, a program or lecture series dealing with Hungarian history, art, literature, culture, customs, cuisine, people of interest, events of interest, utilizing appropriate invited lecturers, and visual and audio aids.
  10. To cooperate to an extent practical and feasible with other local Hungarian culturally oriented organizations in their effort to promote and further the cultural presence, or interest of the Cleveland Hungarian Community.