Like many organizations, the Hungarian Museum in Cleveland had to adjust to the restrictions placed on group gatherings. To this end, we turned to the world of virtual programming and featured a series of four lectures on the Treaty of Trianon, 2020 being the 100 year anniversary of the treaty.
Through the technology of Zoom, we were able to link our audience to presenters in Canada, Hungary, Slovakia, Transylvania, Vojvodina, Transcarpathia, Italy and Cleveland, Ohio. What a wonderful experience that was! We now have the opportunity to present these programs to you via recorded videos of the live Zoom program, and we are fortunate to able to share the content of these programs with you, our website visitors.
On Saturday, September 12th, we heard István Hegedüs present an extensive historical overview of the events that shaped Hungary’s history, its boundaries, its relations with neighboring peoples and the minority populations living within its borders leading up to the Treaty of Trianon. With maps that illustrated the history of Hungary from the entry of the Magyars into the Carpathian Basin through the events that led to the imposition of the Treaty terms, the audience was able to understand how the various ethnic populations living within the boarders of the Kingdom of Hungary related to each other over the centuries. Mr. Hegedüs’s virtual presentation came to us from Toronto.
On Saturday, October 10th, Dr. András Ludányi presented a thorough explanation of the terms of the Treaty, how the Treaty was drafted, and the behind-the-scenes international political activity that had an impact on the final version of the Treaty.
Saturday, November 14th, featured a program that introduced the audience to four young women who grew up as Hungarian minorities living outside the current borders of Hungary. They shared their perspectives on the life of the Hungarian minority communities in Slovakia, Romania, the region of Vojvodina in Serbia and in the region of Transcarpathia in Ukraine. They touched on the challenges faced by these Hungarians and their personal views of the future for Hungarian minorities living in these neighboring countries.
For our December 12th program, we announced an essay contest in which we invited young people to reflect on the meaning of “The Year of National Unity” as announced by the government of Hungary. In this year marking the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Trianon, we were honored to have two remarkable winning essays read addressing this topic.