Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society
Founded in 1985, the mission of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society 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. The Society sponsors educational and research activities and operates a Museum and Library for Hungarian historical, literary and artistic items.
After visitors walk through an ornately hand-carved “Szekely kapu,” they can enjoy a fine folk costume collection that includes dresses worn at the Hungarian court and folk costumes from various regions in and outside Hungary. Each year three special exhibits are offered in the Gallery. Past exhibits have focused on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the Domjan woodcuts, Hungarian lace and embroidery, pottery and the rich tradition of Hungarian composers. There is also an annual lecture series on Hungarian and local Hungarian American history, as well an active outreach program to young Hungarian Americans. The Museum Library houses 6,000 books, including valuable, out-of-print books on Hungarian topics. There is also a Gift Shop with a multitude of Hungarian gift items.
The Museum has become the central gathering place for Hungarian events and the place to welcome visiting Hungarian officials. It serves as “the heartbeat of Hungarian culture in Northeast Ohio,” as its comitted leaders, growing membership and an impressive endowment fund assure the institution’s future.