Art & Craft Show

Our

1st Art & Craft Show

was held in the Garden of the Kossuth House

on September 8, 2019

All are welcome to our next Traditional Hungarian Show

on

March 29. 2020

 

     

   

Besides the beautiful artwork, the Traditional Hungarian Music and Dance by the Tisza ensemble impressed the American listeners in Dupont Circle.

 

We are proud of the talented Hungarian Artists:

Ilona Lantos http://www.ilonalantos.com/

Gábor Szabó http://www.technicalcad.com/gallery/index.html

Zsuzsa Miny https://www.etsy.com/shop/SophieAnnasJewelbox

Eva Jozsa

Sandor Subert

 

 

Kossuth House News

KOSSUTH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS TOWARD RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF A HUNGARIAN CULTURAL CENTER IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

July 11, 2019 

Washington DC. The Kossuth Foundation is pleased to announce that the Government of Hungary has purchased the historic Kossuth House.  This property has served as a center in Washington DC for the Hungarian-American community and will once again be a community center for those of Hungarian ancestry and visiting Hungarian nationals. Named the Kossuth House, after the Hungarian freedom fighter of the 1848 Revolution in Hungary, Lajos Kossuth, the building had served as the home of a nonprofit fraternal life insurance company, the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America (HRFA), which was established in 1896 with a Federal charter approved by Theodore Roosevelt.  For decades, the building served as a meeting place for visiting Hungarian artists and dignitaries and as the unofficial embassy of “Free Hungary” during the Communist era. 

The building will continue to be managed by the Kossuth Foundation, an independent, not for profit; the successor to the charitable work carried out by HRFA under a long-term management arrangement with the Government of Hungary.  The building is being purchased from a joint venture (JV) established between the Kossuth Foundation and a New York real estate developer, Silverback Development.  In 2017, the building was reacquired by this Joint Venture after litigation to resolve ownership rights brought by the successor life insurance company that merged with HRFA in 2011.

The government of Hungary, in partnership with the Kossuth Foundation, has agreed to provide the funding needed for some essential repairs.  These improvements would provide needed upgrades to the existing two-story structure built in in 1934 and designed by noted architect, Gertrude Sawyer. 

The legal work was performed by Robert Gage and Edward Dix of Covington & Burling LLP. Their professionalism and excellent counsel over the past seven years helped the Foundation to successfully conclude this complex international real estate transaction.

 “We are delighted to complete this transaction which will fulfill the dream of maintaining a Hungarian American community center in Washington DC” said Gábor (Gabe) Rózsa, Executive Director and Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  The building will continue to be home to a Hungarian lending library, language classes and a variety of lectures, films, educational and cultural programs for the Hungarian-American community in the DC metro area under the direction of the Foundation.  We look forward to working with the Government of Hungary, and members of the Hungarian American community, make the Kossuth House fulfill the role it has served over several decades.” 

Bridging Art - BWI Marshalls Airport

Yumi Hogan,

American artist, the First Lady of the State of Maryland

invited talented Hungarian artists to the BWI Marshalls Static Arts Program.

The artworks, curated and chosen by the Art Comettee are displayed at the Concourse D/E International Art Gallery.

       

                 Ilona Lantos    Gabor Szabo        Marianna Mills

       Dora Patin      Jennifer Bardi

More paintings are available at the artists. You may contact the artists thru their website or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obituary-Mr. László Hámos

        

It is with sadness that I pass along the news of László Hamos’ passing after a prolonged illness. He did much for our Foundation and served as our first Board Chair. He also devoted his life to helping the Hungarian diaspora community around the world but especially the Hungarian communities in the Carpathian basin. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Below is the notification sent out by the embassy staff in DC. 

Gabe Rozsa

 "Elhunyt Hámos László, az amerikai magyar közösség meghatározó alakja

Szomorú szívvel értesültünk, hogy hosszan tartó és türelemmel viselt betegségét követően, életének 68. évében elhunyt a Magyar Diaszpóra Tanács (MDT) amerikai regionális elnöke, Hámos László. A Párizsban erdélyi és felvidéki magyar szülők gyermekeként született Hámos László szerepe a határon túli magyar közösségek érdekeinek védelme területén már az 1970-es évektől jól ismert volt, amely mellett aktív és meghatározó szereplője volt az amerikai magyarság közösségi életének is. Hámos László 1991-ben részt vett az Amerikai Magyar Koalíció (HAC) ernyőszervezet megalapításában, és azóta is tagja volt a szervezet végrehajtó bizottságának. Állandó meghívottja volt a Magyar Állandó Értekezlet (MÁÉRT) és a Kárpát-medencei Magyar Képviselők Fóruma (KMKF) budapesti üléseinek a nyugati magyarság képviseletében, és részt vett a Magyar Diaszpóra Tanács 2011-es megalakításában is. Ekkor az amerikai delegáció egyhangúan őt jelölte az MDT amerikai regionális elnöki pozíciójára, amely posztot haláláig ő látott el. Hámos László rendszeresen vett részt szervező partnerként és előadóként is nagykövetségünk Regionális Diaszpóra Értekezletein. Munkáját számos alkalommal részesítették elismerésben: Márton Áron emlékplakett (1988), a Külföldi Magyar Cserkészszövetség oklevele (1995), Kisebbségekért-díj (1996), Bocskai-díj (1999, Csíkszereda), a Magyar Köztársaság Középkeresztje (2001), az Amerikai Magyar Alapítvány Abraham Lincoln díja (2007), a Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Arany János Érme (2011). Temetésére – a család kérésére – szűk körben kerül sor. Emlékét hálás szívvel megőrizzük, nyugodjék békében!"

 

 

Kossuth Foundation Awarded Grant from the Bethlen Gabor Foundation

On April 18, 2019, the Kossuth Foundation was awarded a generous 1,250,000 HUF (approximately $4,000) grant from the Bethlen Gabor Foundation (Bethlen Gábor Alapitvány or BGA) to support the Kossuth Foundation’s adult Hungarian language education program. The BGA is supported by the National Policy Research Institute (Nemzetpolitikai Kutatóintézet) of the Government of Hungary. Upon hearing of the grant award, Gabor Rozsa, Executive Director of the Foundation, said “We are enormously appreciative of the generous support we have received from the Bethlen Gabor Foundation and the Hungarian Government.” The Kossuth Foundation’s language program offers evening adult language education in the Washington, DC metro area at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The program employs professional teachers who are all native Hungarian speakers with practical experience in language education. In the past, the program has been supported by donations from students, and has struggled to break even. This new grant will allow the program greater flexibility to grow and provide more services to the community. Grant funds will be used to help defray the salaries of teachers and also to purchase supplies to enhance the ability of the classes to meet student needs.

Obituary - Rev. Imre A. Bertalan

Rev. Imre A. Bertalan, 67, of Ligonier, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in Latrobe, PA. He was Chairman of the Board of the Kossuth Foundation when he passed away.

As a policy holder in the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America when it merged with GBU Beneficial Life, Rev. Bertalan was a member of the Kossuth Foundation from its inception in 2011. He also served as our host for Board Meetings that took place frequently at the Bethlen Home in Ligonier, PA.

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Kossuth Foundation 2019 Spring Semester Language Program

The Kossuth Foundation's Hungarian Language Program offers language classes to adults in the Washington, DC, metro area. For the spring 2019 semester, courses are taught at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels in the evenings at the Kossuth House near Dupont Circle and in McLean. Courses meet once per week for 12 weeks.

Courses start on the week of January 14, 2019.

To register please contact Judit Subert Haála at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Updates from the Foundation

Here are updates on two topics relevant to the Hungarian-American community in general, and to our Foundation members in particular:  the Hungarian Diaspora Regional Meeting and the Kossuth House Litigation.

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