50 th Anniversary Congress Invitation
Dr. János Nádas
We are celebrating the Hungarian Association’s 50 th anniversary this year. This year we are inviting Hungarians from across the country who either grew up in Cleveland or have ties from long ago to our Magyar community to come share their memories with us and to tell us about their recent challenges and successes. We are actively planning this year’s Congress scheduled for November 29 through December 1 st at the Cleveland Sheraton City Centre Hotel. All of us on the planning committee hope that you will join us for a stimulating and memorable weekend.
Every year at Thanksgiving, the Hungarian Association hosts a three day Hungarian Congress where topics relevant to the international Hungarian community are discussed and sometimes debated. Our Friday evening cultural program features musicians and performers from around the United States. Hungarian youth have a Friday night gathering with special programs allowing them to meet and exchange ideas. During the three day Congress we host an exhibition of artwork by Hungarian artists and a book exhibit and sale. We are also planning a continuous video presentation about Hungarian history, religion, and customs. Our traditional Saturday evening debutante ball and dinner is one of the
most distinguished highlights of the Cleveland Hungarian social calendar. Last year one of our most popular presentations was given in English by John Lauer, President and CEO of Oglebay Norton, on the Borsod-Chem hostile takeover in Hungary. Csaba Csere, editor-in-chief of Car & Driver Magazine, gave an inspiring talk to our youth members. Bishop Endre Gyulay, Bishop of Szeged, Hungary, was our featured speaker. Edith Lauer, the president of the Hungarian-American Coalition, provided an account of the plight of Hungarian minorities living outside Hungary.
Géza Jeszenszky, the Ambassador of Hungary, gave us the Saturday keynote luncheon address. Many excellent speakers roused our Magyar spirit. Plan now to attend our 50 th Anniversary Congress this coming Thanksgiving weekend – and encourage your friends and family who have not joined us for a while to come and celebrate with us.
Lectures in English About Hungarians in America
Cleveland was once regarded as the third largest Hungarian city, due to the great number of Hungarian immigrants arriving after the turn of the century. We would like to commemorate this event in a series of lectures and exhibits. We will be hosting a series of English language lectures on Hungarians in America. Our exhibits will feature not only artists and books, but videos on Hungary as well as a Taste of Hungary featuring traditional recipes.