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Slovenian writer Ivan Cankar bust rededication

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

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

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

Miro Petek of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia





Unveiling of the Ivan Cankar bust in the Slovenian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Unveiling of the Ivan Cankar bust

Unveiling of the Ivan Cankar bust in the Slovenian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Unveiling of the Ivan Cankar bust in the Slovenian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Unveiling of the Ivan Cankar bust in the Slovenian Cultural Garden in Cleveland


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

Paul Burik, president of the Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation

Johanna Bajc, August Pust, Maryann Vogel and Consul Zmauc

Johanna Bajc, August Pust, Maryann Vogel and Consul Zmauc




Posing at the new Ivan Cankar bust

Group at the Slovenian Cultural Garden - Ivan Cankar bust rededication

Johanna Bajc in front of the Bishop Baraga bust

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.

Flag of Slovenia in Slovenian Cultural Garden in Cleveland



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