As many of you know, our association building was flooded in mid-August. As a result, we had to cancel our annual Harvest Dance Festival which is held the first Saturday of October every year. This is our primary means of obtaining funds to operate the complete year. Needless to say, this puts a burden on us for the coming near future. Also, we lost many items in the flood.
This is a partial list and cost of items lost in the flood:
52 cubic ft. commercial refrigerator $4,000.00,
Electric stove 500.00,
23 Antique wooden chairs 2,300.00,
P.A. system 2,000.00,
Window treatments 500.00,
Various supplies (?),
Paint inside and outside of building, Waiting on estimates,
Monthly operating expenses 450.00 per month,and
Once per year insurance 1,050.00
The organization would appreciate any financial assistance that anyone would like to provide. Donations can be sent to the AHSCA at P.O. Box 10 Albany, Louisiana 70711. Feel free to contact our president, Jim King, at 985-507-2156.Thank you very much.
We are very grateful to the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation which is coordinating a worldwide fundraising campaign for us at this time. You may also donate through their website at http://www.hhrf.org/hhrf/index_en.php or the GoFundMe page they have established at https://www.gofundme.com/2sxxqxg
Also, we wish to thank the Hungarian Initiatives Foundation that has a fund raising program in process.
Árpádhon Hungarian Settlement Cultural Association
The (AHSCA) is based in a rural ethnic community known asHungarian 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 hundred years since the origin of this unique community.
The purpose of the AHSCAwebsite is to provide information, not only about this organization, but also about the community of which it is a part. The AHSCA is aregistered 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 north and south entrances of this rural ethnic community are designated by two large green highway signs that proudly display the words,"HUNGARIAN SETTLEMENT."