Dear Friends, Welcome to the Minnesota Hungarians’ web site. This web site was created to provide information about our activities and programs. Our organization strives to unite our membership through work that supports common goals. For over 100 years, Minnesota Hungarians has been engaging in cultural, educational and philanthropic endeavors as a non-profit and charitable association. Our mission is to represent and promote the Hungarian culture and heritage in Minnesota and the US; to organize and conduct cultural, educational, artistic and recreational programs; to sponsor and encourage trade and cultural exchanges between Hungary and the US and to engage in fundraising in order to support the fore-mentioned activities. Through the generous donations of members and friends we are able to provide assistance to various worthy projects, such as: Sludge Disaster Fund, Hungary(2010), Haiti Relief Fund(2010), Hungarian Flood Relief Fund(2010), The Tooth Fairy Project(2010), International Documentary Association-“Torn from the Flag”(2006, 2008), St. Francis Foundation - Orphanage in Deva, Transylvania(continuous support), Asian Tsunami Fund(2005) and more. I would like to invite all Hungarian-Americans and friends to become active members of our community. Sincerely, Csilla Grauzer, President Minnesota Hungarians, Inc.
History & Mission
Minnesota Hungarians, was organized by Hungarian immigrants and their supporters in Minnesota over 100 years ago. It’s goals have been to engage in cultural, educational and philanthropic endeavors as a non-profit and charitable association.
The Minnesota Hungarians have sponsored a wide variety of cultural and educational programs and have hosted receptions, meetings and workshops for Hungarian diplomats, dignitaries, writers and artists over the years. Minnesota Hungarians have partnered with Unity Unitarian Church, Immigration History Research Center, International Institute of Minnesota and with several other local ethnic groups and organizations.
The mission of Minnesota Hungarians is to represent and promote the Hungarian culture and heritage in Minnesota and the U.S.A.; to organize and conduct cultural, educational, artistic and recreational programs; to engage in fundraising activities in order to support humanitarian and charitable endeavors; to sponsor and promote trade and cultural exchanges between Hungary and the United States.
Farsang/Carnival Dinner and Party
Hungarians celebrate Farsang/Carnival with food, parties and costumes. Come join the celebration and be sure to sample the tasty Carnival donuts, called fánk, that are eaten during these celebrations.
Táncház means "dance house" and refers to social gatherings where people gathered to dance their village dances and socialize. The Hungarian band, Szászka, play live music for our táncház events. There is folk dance teaching for children and adults.
Commemoration of the 1848-49 Revolution
Commemorations of the 1956 Revolution
Remembering the sacrifices that Hungarians have made for freedom and liberty is an important aspect of MN Hungarians. It provides for a link to the past and an opportunity to teach visitors and members about these important events in Hungarian history.
Festival of Nations (first week of May)
The Festival of Nations is the largest multicultural festival in Minnesota, celebrating cultural diversity with food, music, demonstrations, exhibits and dance.
Summer Picnic (August)
This is a pot luck with bogrács gulyás, a Hungarian speciality cooked in large copper kettles above wood fire out in the open.
Fall Fundraising Dinner
Come and enjoy authentic Hungarian meal. There is also a silent auction and a raffle. The proceeds from this dinner go into the coffers to provide support to various programs.
Annual membership meeting
On this meeting official business is approved, the next year's plans are discussed and new Board members are elected.
Hungarian Christmas Party
The Christmas Party celebrates St. Nicholas Day, known as Mikulás Nap in Hungarian and is primarily an event organized for the children.