Hungarian Harvest Dance, 2017

The Hungarian Settlement celebrated 121 years of its existence as the Hungarian Harvest Dance Celebration took place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the American Legion Hall on Hwy. 43 near Springfield.

The program was launched at 6:00 p.m. with a welcome from Jim King, who served as the emcee for the event. Opening prayers were led by Rev. Don Thursby of the Albany Hungarian Presbyterian Church and Rev. Jamin David of the St. Margaret Catholic Church. Suzie Green McMorris led the National Anthem, after which Victoria Mocsary led the Hungarian national anthem.
Next on the program was a set of Hungarian folk songs led by Victoria Mocsary and performed by Megan Green, Suzie Green McMorris, and Christina Mocsary Wagner. The last song was called "Az a Szép" (The Pretty One), which is a song included in the Harvest Dance itself. All of the singers are descendants of one of the three original Hungarian settlers of the community, Adam Mocsary. Jim King then introduced the dancers, who were led by Jim's granddaughter, Nichole King McMorris.

The dancers, dressed in traditional attire, that included white dresses and outfits trimmed in red, white, and green, performed a series of dances that come from different parts of Hungary. This has been a tradition in Hungarian Settlement for over 100 years. The dancers performed beneath a canopy of fruit and streamers of red, white, and green, the colors of the Hungarian flag. After the final dance was completed, onlookers jumped up to "steal the fruit."  

After the Harvest Dance, a gallon of strawberry wine, made and donated by Pete Pfiffner, was auctioned off to the highest bidder. It brought $250, which was given to the. It brought $250, which was given to the Árpádhon Hungarian Settlement Cultural Association, which sponsors the Harvest Dance to help continue the Hungarian culture of the local community.

Hungarian food, such as cabbage rolls, cabbage noodles, cucumber salad, and kolbász (a type of Hungarian sausage), was made available for sale at the Harvest Dance Celebration. Also, Kathleen Mocsary Green sold many Hungarian pastries, such as kiflik and kalács at the event.

Before and after the Harvest Dance performance, the event goers enjoyed and danced to the music of Ernie Wilkinson and the Hot Sauce Band.



As many of you know, our association building was flooded in mid-August of 2016. We are so grateful for all of the donations that are making it possible for us to restore our building. We are especially grateful to the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation who coordinated a worldwide fundraising campaign for us, not once, but twice! We would also like to thank the Hungarian Initiatives Foundation who raised funds for us.

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Árpádhon Hungarian Settlement Cultural Association

The (AHSCA)  is based in a rural ethnic community known as Hungarian Settlement. It is located in eastern Livingston Parish, Louisiana due south of a small town called Albany. Louisiana Highway 43 runs north-south through the heart of Hungarian Settlement. Interstate 12 passes through the center of the community in an east-west direction. This ethnic enclave, once known as Árpádhon, contains many of the descendants of the early Magyar settlers who immigrated there near the turn of the twentieth century. At the present time, residents are striving to preserve at least some of the Hungarian culture of their ancestors, though much has changed over the past one-hundred-and-twenty years since the origin of this unique community.

    hungarian settlement historical markerThe purpose of the AHSCA website is to provide information, not only about this organization, but also about the community of which it is a part. The AHSCA is a registered non-profit organization.

Visible clues are evident that Hungarian Settlement does indeed  exist in the Albany-Springfield area of Livingston Parish, Louisiana. For example, a sign erected by the Louisiana Tourist Commission (pictured left) is located where La. Hwy. 43 intersects with Interstate 12 at exit 32. There are several other indications in this community that a Hungarian Settlement exists there. On La. Hwy. 43, the northern and southern entrances of this rural ethnic community are designated by two large green highway signs that proudly display the words,"HUNGARIAN SETTLEMENT." 

Hungarian Settlement Historical Society and Museum

 The Hungarian Settlement Historical Museum had its Grand Opening on Wed., Sept. 27, 2017. The days and hours of operation are Tuesdays and Fridays, and the second Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information on the Museum, click on the link above or click on this link to take you to its Facebook page