History and Inventions

There is so much to Hungarian history! And the inventions made by Hungarians? Don’t even try to start counting them!  We have gathered a few things here to get you started.

The Bell of Jásztelek

The Bell of Jásztelek

If you are a part of our Hungarian Living Genealogy Group on Facebook, you might remember when Laszlo (Les) Josa went to see the bell while it was in Louisiana in an antique shop. Here is what he wrote from that day in early February 2022:

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Aliens, Appalachian, and Americans

Aliens, Appalachian, and Americans

The two largest ethnic groups that migrated to the Appalachian South were Hungarians and Italians.  Practically every coal mining county in southern Appalachia contained immigrants from both Hungary and Italy.  These immigrants generally lived in coal camps constructed by operators, some of whom were immigrants themselves, to house workers enticed to the Mountain South to mine coal. 

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Traditional Hungarian Dress

Traditional Hungarian Dress

I was poking around on Instagram a while back and noticed these stunning photos from a variety of Hungarian folk regions. I reached out to Marcsi and we had a delightful conversation about her heritage and the work she does. Posted here is just a snippet of her thoughts on these few photos, but there are many, many more photos on Instagram, each with interesting commentary.

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March 15th

March 15th

A set of revolutions took place in the Austrian Empire from 1848-1849. In Hungary, on March 15th, 1848, Sándor Petőfi recited the National Song (Nemzeti Dal) from the stairs of the Hungarian National Museum before thousands of people. Petőfi’s passionate recitation...

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The Hungarian Gulag

The Hungarian Gulag

Thank you, Noel, for letting us take a peak into the past of your family and of many families who experienced the ugliness of Recsk. We visited there last year with one of our tour groups and it was a somber visit. The drizzly day fit the mood as we learned about the...

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National Song ~ Nemzeti Dal

National Song ~ Nemzeti Dal

March 15th is a national holiday in Hungary, designed to commemorate the events of the 1848-49 Hungarian Revolution. There are typically huge celebrations all around the country as well as all around the world. Celebrate wherever you live and learn a bit about what...

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Carnival Season – Farsang

Carnival Season – Farsang

A couple of years ago, I was able to visit Mohács, Hungary during the Carnival season. Carnival -- Farsang, in Hungarian, marks the end of winter. Some of the celebration is connected to fertility as well as the destruction of Old Man Winter. There is a lot of fun and...

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Hallo? Hello?

Hallo? Hello?

Did you know the common greeting we use when we answer the phone has a Hungarian connection? The following piece is a reprint of an article my mom, Elizabeth A. Szabo, included in a Magyar Marketing e-newsletter many years ago. As a teenager, I remember my mother...

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The Chain Bridge by Albert Turak

The Chain Bridge by Albert Turak

This artwork is based on a photo of the Szechenyi Bridge in Budapest, Hungary as it was in 1890 (see photo below). Here is what the artist, Albert Turak, has to say: The inspiration behind the drawing began when my father left Hungary in 1928 and brought the photo of...

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