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Welcome from the Cleveland Croatian Community

Branka and Jerry Malinar and Tom Turkaly welcome all to Cleveland on behalf of the Croatian community.




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Out & About - Photos and Event Recaps

2017

Croatian Folk Art: Lace & Embroidery

The Croatian Heritage Museum & Library in Cleveland (Eastlake) Ohio is committed to the collection and preservation of Croatian history, culture, source materials, and artifacts. Their most recent exhibit is Croatian Folk Art: Lace & Embroidery which runs from March 10 – October 31, 2017.

Croatian Folk Art: Lace & Embroidery exhibit at Croatian Heritage Museum in Cleveland


Photos and video of the Croatian Folk Art: Lace & Embroidery Exhibit


2016

Croatian Cultural Garden on One World Day 2016

The Croatian Cultural Garden and Croatian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Croatia  in Parade of Flags

Croatian Cultural Garden in Parade of Flags

Croatia  in Parade of Flags

Croatia  in Parade of Flags

Throughout the day members of the Croatian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Croatian Cultural Garden and shared Croatian food and gave a look at Croatian culture.

Croatian Cultural Garden on One World Day

Croatian Cultural Garden on One World Day

Croatian Garden

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A celebration of Croatian Tamburitza Music was held in the Croatian Cultural Garden in Cleveland. The Sounds of Croatian Tamburitza Music was sponsored by The American Croatian Lodge, "Kardinal A. Stepinac" featuring Zadnja Stanica.

Cleveland Croatian young people performing


Photos and Video of Croatian Tamburitza Music Event


Sounds of Croatian Tamburitza Music

A celebration of Croatian Tamburitza Music was held in the Croatian Cultural Garden in Cleveland. The Sounds of Croatian Tamburitza Music was sponsored by The American Croatian Lodge, "Kardinal A. Stepinac" featuring Zadnja Stanica.

Cleveland Croatian young people performing


Photos and Video of Croatian Tamburitza Music Event


2015

Croatian Cultural Group Kordun from the Croatian Heritage Museum

The Croatian Cultural Group Kordun from the Croatian Heritage Museum & Library in Eastlake Ohio performed traditional Croatian music and dance in traditional Croatian costumes at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum.

The Croatian Cultural Group Kordun from the Croatian Heritage Museum & Library in Eastlake Ohio

Croatian Cultural Group Kordun


Photos and Video of Croatian Group Kordun


Dubrovnik Garden Croatian Adventure

The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in June 2015 was at the Dubrovnik Garden Restaurant in the Croatian Lodge at 34900 Lakeshore Blvd, Eastlake, OH 44095. People who enjoy trying different foods and learning about different cultures participate in the Food Adventurer's group. The first 50 Passport holders who RSVP'd enjoyed a sumptuous Croatian meal and learned about the country, culture, customs and, of course, food of Croatia.

The Croatian community is deservedly proud of their Croatian Lodge and many members were on hand to talk about Croatia and their community.

The event covered Croatian food, history, language, customs and people.

See photos and videos from the Dubrovnik Garden adventure


Famous people of Croatian heritage

At the adventure to the Dubrovnik Garden Dan Hanson quizzed the audience about some famous people of Croatian heritage.




Croatian Cultural Garden History and Immigrant Mother Statue

At the adventure to the Dubrovnik Garden Dan Hanson told how the Croatian community had been represented in the Yugoslav community since 1937 but with independence in 1991, started on their own.



Branka Malinar then read the touching poem called The Immigrant Mother which reflects the spirit of the statue of the same name in the Croatian Cultural Garden.




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2014

Croatian Cultural Garden Year in Review

Thomas Turkaly reports: "It was an other tremendous year for the Croatian Cultural garden. Phase II was almost completed by years end; the Viseslav Baptismal font & four more benches made from Brac stone were installed in spring and landscaping was in place by our dedication in August. The railing along the steps were erected in late fall thanks again to the generosity of the Lozic foundation. The last remaining element to phase II is a sign and flag pole on the upper level along East Blvd.

The dedication was well attended, with many of our folk groups providing entertainment. To date we have raised over $300,000 towards the garden, most of which went for infrastructure; steps, walkways, plazas, etc. (We are the largest garden to go into the Cultural gardens in many years!!).Thanks again goes to all our generous donors and benefactors without whom this would not have happened.

Plans will shortly be underway for phase III that will focus on paying tribute to our cultural figures and accomplishments. Stay tuned."


Dedication of Phase II Croatian Cultural Garden

The Baptismal Font of Prince Višeslav the first Croatian Prince who reined around 800 is an extremely important monument. This hexagonal stone vessel is witness to the time when Croats first accepted Christianity.

Baptismal Font of Prince Višeslav in Croatian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio

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2013

The American Zagreb Jr. Tamburitzans were founded in Cleveland Ohio in 1957. As their musical director explains the young people perform authentic dances and songs in authentic costumes and playing authentic instruments of Croatia. They performed at International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art.







Samobor Crystal and other Treasures from Old Samobor
Opening of new exhibit at the Croatian Heritage Museum and Library
March 24, 2013

The medieval city of Samobor to the west of Zagreb in Croatia is known for its crystal making. The Croatian Heritage Museum and Library just opened its newest exhibit titled Samobor Crystal and other Treasures from Old Samobor. The crystal displayed is from various collectors loaned to the museum for this exhibit.

Branka Malinar and Neda Rosandic-Saric

Branka Malinar and Neda Rosandic Saric


See photos and videos from the Samobor exhibit


2012

Croatian community and Harmonia
Opening of Ames Family Atrium in Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The Cleveland Croatian community was represented and the band Harmonia played at the grand opening of the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday October 28, 2012.

Tom Turkaly at Croatian Garden table

Tom Turkaly at Croatian Garden table


The Band Harmonia at Cleveland Art Museum opening

Harmonia at Cleveland Art Museum Ames Atrium opening




Mila Mandic

Mila Mandic


Croatian soil mixed with others in Cultural Gardens of Cleveland

The 65th annual One World Day in Cleveland featured the depositing of soil from Croatia into a crypt containing soil from other nations that have Cultural Gardens.

Mila Mandic from the Cleveland Croatian community deposited soil from Croatia to mix with soil of other nations

Mila Mandic deposited soil from Croatia into the crypt



Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans
ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion
September 2, 2012

Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans in the ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion

Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans



Croatian Cultural Garden Dedication
Unveiling of the Immigrant Mother Statue and Dedication of the Garden
June 3, 2012

Josip Paro, Croatia's ambassador to the United States

Josip Paro, Croatia's ambassador to the United States


Immigrant Mother statue unveiling

Immigrant Mother statue unveiling by
Helen Sekulic and son John Sekulic



Immigrant Mother statue in the Croatian Cultural Garden
Placement of the statue and preview of the Garden

Members of the Turkaly family with the Immigrant Mother statue in the Croatian Cultural Garden

Members of the Turkaly family with the
Immigrant Mother statue in the Croatian Cultural Garden



Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac Statue
Croatian Lodge in Eastlake Ohio

Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac statue in Croatian Lodge in Eastlake Cleveland Ohio

Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac statue



2011

Croatian Cultural Garden Ground Breaking
April 30, 2011

Jerry and Branka Malinar

Jerry and Branka Malinar


Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans

Croatian Pride. Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans
At the 21st annual International Folk Festival July 18, 2010


Croatian Cultural Garden Benefit
Photos and videos from the November 1, 2009 event

Tambura - Tamburitza guitar



The Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans was founded in 1959 and there are now 75 active dancers.

The goal of the CJT is to teach each child to dance and sing to traditional Croatian Music and to learn to play the traditional instruments of Croatia.

Tom Salopek is an expert tambura player and shares his knowledge and skills as Music Director of the CJT.

Katarina Lukacevic is a former member of Ivan Goran Kovacic, a premier tambura dance ensemble from Croatia, and she uses her experience to choreograph dance sets, teach dance and instruct vocals at the Cardinal Stepinac Croatian Home Cultural Center.


Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans Performing at the Hungarian Festival of Freedom 10-21-06


Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans Performing at the Hungarian Festival of Freedom 10-21-06


Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans Performing at the Hungarian Festival of Freedom 10-21-06


Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans Performing at the Hungarian Festival of Freedom 10-21-06


Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans Performing at the Hungarian Festival of Freedom 10-21-06



Organizations and Resources for Croatians in Cleveland


The Croatian Heritage Museum and Library
Located in the American Croatian Lodge Complex in Eastlake, Ohio

The main goals of the Croatian Heritage Museum & Library are:

  • Commitment to the collection and preservation of Croatian history and culture source materials and artifacts.
  • Commitment to the historical and cultural research of Croatians in the United States.
  • Promotion of the fine arts of Croatian artist.
  • Sharing the Croatian culture and history with the general public to promote mutual understanding through outreach programs in the community.

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Business, Education and Employment Information

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Cleveland Croatian Feedback and Memories

Why Croatia? By Croatian genealogist Robert Jerin
Jerin shares some things about Croatia, the Land of his Ancestors


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Croatian History and Culture


Tell us about the music, food, holidays, traditions, costumes, language and other qualities that make Croatians so special.



Some famous Croatian-Americans
From Roger Maris to...?

The music of Croatia
What the heck is Tamburitza?


Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans Performing at the Hungarian Festival of Freedom 10-21-06




Map of Croatia



The lands that today comprise Croatia were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the close of World War I. In 1918, the Croats, Serbs, and Slovenes formed a kingdom known after 1929 as Yugoslavia.

Following World War II, Yugoslavia became a federal independent Communist state under the strong hand of Marshal Tito. Although Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, it took four years of sporadic, but often bitter, fighting before occupying Serb armies were mostly cleared from Croatian lands.

Under UN supervision, the last Serb-held enclave in eastern Slavonia was returned to Croatia in 1998.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


From Yugoslavia to Croatia

At the adventure to the Dubrovnik Garden Dan Hanson explained how Yugoslavia formed after World War 1 and then how it split into 6 countries in 1991 with the independence of Slovenia and Croatia.

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Croatian and Yugoslavia History

At the adventure to the Dubrovnik Garden Lt Colonel Joe Meissner spoke about the history of Croatia and Yugoslavia (covering Tito and Stalin)




Croatian inventions -the Fountain Pen and necktie

At the adventure to the Dubrovnik Garden Branka Malinar of Cleveland's Croatian community told how a Croatian man named Slavoljub Eduard Penkala invented the solid-ink fountain pen and that Croatian mercenaries in France wore kerchiefs which the French called - Crovats which evolved into cravat and the neck tie.




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