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Canadian Hungarian Cultural Society of Edmonton

The roots of the Canadian Hungarian Cultural Society of Edmonton can be traced to the early decades of the 20th century when an influx of Hungarian immigrants brought to Alberta a group of people dedicated to adjusting to their new environment, while maintaining their heritage. This community was the foundation for the Hungarian Cultural Circle of Edmonton (Magyar Kultúrkör in Hungarian), formed in 1945 and renamed the Canadian Hungarian Cultural Society of Edmonton in 1967.

During the first decades following its inception, the Hungarian Cultural Circle organized large gatherings and events such as plays, poetry readings and musical performances, despite not having a permanent meeting place. As time passed the group continued to demonstrate a high level of social and cultural activity and served as an essential support network for new Hungarian immigrants, helping them to find residences and adjust to their new homeland.

The 1960s and 1970s were a productive and active time for the organization. They published their first cookbook, Hungarian Rhapsody, and, most importantly, purchased and renovated a former monastery to be Hungarian House, a permanent meeting place. In 1979, the Society participated in Edmonton's Heritage Festival celebrations. The event was a remarkable success and the Society has subsequently been a regular and active participant in the annual festival. In addition to Hungarian House, in 1985 the  Society officially opened the Hungarians' Senior Citizens Home.

The Canadian Hungarian Cultural Society of Edmonton continues as one of the most active Canadian-Hungarian organizations, participating in cultural events and working to preserve Hungarian-Albertan history.


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