Slovenian writer Ivan Cankar bust rededication Slovenian Cultural Garden - Cleveland June 18, 2010
The bust of Slovenian writer Ivan Cankar was rededicated in a ceremony at the Slovenian Cultural Garden on June 18, 2010.
Ron Jaksic and Consul Jure émauc before the unveiling
The Ivan Cankar bust was originally installed in the Jugoslav Garden in 1944. It fell victim to vandalism in the 1990's. The replacement bust is similar to the original bronze bust but in granite. It was sculpted by Teodor (Ted) Stroie.
The new bust and the restored sandstone wall were unveiled by several dignitaries.
Slovenian Cultural garden official Ron Jaksic welcomed the crowd and gave an update on the Garden.
Consul Jure émauc and dignitaries
Jaksic then introduced Jure émauc, the Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia. Consul émauc recognized other dignitaries including Miro Petek, Gvido Kres and Vasja Klavora - all members of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia.
Miro Petek of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia
Unveiling of the Ivan Cankar bust
Ivan Cankar (1876-1918) was a writer, playwright, essayist, poet and political activist. He is regarded as the greatest writer in the Slovene language, and has sometimes been compared to Franz Kafka and James Joyce.
Paul Burik, president of the Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation
Johanna Bajc, August Pust, Maryann Vogel and Consul Zmauc
Johanna Bajc in front of the Bishop Baraga bust
It was a big day for the Cleveland Slovenian community as earlier in the day many watched Slovenia battle the United States to a 2-2 tie in the World Cup.