The Hungarian Museum
Arpádhon - Hungarian Settlement, Louisiana claims to be the largest rural Hungarian Settlement in the United States today.
In an effort to preserve our history, we have established the Hungarian Settlement Museum in Albany, Louisiana. The museum is located in the old Hungarian school in "Hungarian Settlement" Louisiana. With the generous help of donations from the community, as well as some grant funding, we are on our way to restoring the school building to its original beauty.
The museum renovation is taking place in phases. Our goals are to raise funds and membership to aid in the project. Donations to our project are greatly appreciated. All donations will be used for the restoration project, and are tax exempt.
Donations can be made to Hungarian Settlement Historical Society (or HSHS) and mailed to P.O. Box 1909 Albany, LA 70711. We also accept credit card donations through PayPal. Click the "Donate" button below to get started. We thank you in advance for your contribution, and hope to see you at the museum soon.
The Story of Arpadhon, Hungarian Settlement, Louisiana - 1896 - 2006
Printed by Moran Printing and Emprint of Baton Rouge, LA
Sponsored by the Hungarian Settlement Historical Society
How did they do it?
At the turn of the century, when our country was still young, Hungarians came to south Louisiana in search of a better life for themselves and their families. Land was purchased and cleared by hand. Through adversity and hardship, and a cash crop called strawberries, they carved out an existence and thrived. The result is Hungarian Settlement -- the largest rural Hungarian Settlement in the United States today.
This is not a history of individual Hungarian families, but instead, is a true story of how the Hungarian families lived, worked, worshiped, and entertained themselves. It is viewed through the eyes of the residents and descendants of the early settlers. Many interviews provided the information, material, and the photos for this work. How they attended Hungarian weddings, how they worked the strawberry fields, how they preserved foods without electricity - including hog butchering, how they preserved the Hungarian Harvest Dance in its original form which lures many visitors from far and near on the first Saturday evening of each October, and how their religion held them together are told with insight and warmth. Contains: 260 pages, 75+ photos - - - Printed in English
About the author:
Royanne Kropog, a native of Livingston, Louisiana, has lived near Springfield, Louisiana, with her husband Alex Kropog, for over 30 years. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. She retired as an educator having taught math at Kenilworth Junior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is active in the Hungarian Settlement Historical Society where she is known as its historian and is the "Temporary" Curator of the Hungarian Settlement Historical Museum in Albany, LA. In her spare time, she loves to read and to play her musical instruments: dulcimers, mandolin, violin, bowed psaltery and bouzouki.
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About The Museum
The Hungarian Settlement museum is located in the restored Hungarian Settlement school, and is dedicated to the historical preservation of the Hungarian community in Albany, Louisiana.
In the late 1800s, Hungarian settlers began to move from the harsh industrial environments of the North and East United States to a more desirable and familiar agricultural environment.
Our photo gallery features both historic and recent photos that illustrate the rich history and culture of South Louisiana’s Hungarian settlers. Also includes photos of our museum renovation.