The Straw Hat Museum carries out its mission through the permanent exhibition of the vast collection of straw hats, manufacturing materials and equipment, as well as copious documentation that includes photographs and pertinent biographical accounts. The museum safeguards and stores this collection, along with acquiring latest research, and disseminates the knowhow of making straw hats. It has now become a meeting place for people who see a particular value in the preservation of this heritage whose main function is to be a shared platform and an important element in strengthening local and national identities.
Ljubljana is incredibly social. People look after each other, and make sure nobody’s left out. Here are some projects that are as inspiring as hip: Fair trade coffee, thrift shops with fancy recycled products (!) or local food prepared by people with special needs. This is an important concept that any (European) city can learn from: practicing inclusion in every area of life.
Ljubljana [ljuˈbljàːna] is the capital of Slovenia. People believe that its name developed from "ljubljena" [ljuˈbljeːna] - the loving one
During Christmas holiday season a genealogist in me usually has more chance to be proactive in this passionate activity, spending more time on genealogy sites/forums and digging from databases. Two years ago I found some desperate letters, sent from Bill Proznik to an US forum with very few replies. He was searching for any information not only about his Slovenian ancestors, but specially for possible relatives in Slovenia to make contacts. He was stuck with basic data about his great-grandparents, who immigrated to US
Real case of discovering genealogical data of Andrew Praznik, who emigrated from Slovenia to U.S. in 1899.
Ethimologicaly Praznik/Proznik surname evolved centuries ago from a status: “a half-free man”, who might have a farm to produce some food for the family and feed for his animals, but he did not give products to the landlord. He used to serve in other manner and was not completely free from work for a landlord
Photographic and cartographic material from the end of the 19th century to the thirties of the 20th century.
The area of the Slovenian Alps is the juncture of three large mountain ranges and sub-alpine plateaus. The area is criss-crossed with a number of well-marked climbing, hiking, panoramic and thematic trails. Read more at http://www.slovenian-alps.com/en/
Rose Marie (Macek) Jisa is president of the Slovenian Genealogy Society International (SGSI), Inc. whose purpose is to enrich the lives of individuals with Slovenian ancestry by helping them forge a link to the past.
These pages provide the names found in the Gemeindelexikon, the multi-volume gazetteer of the Habsburg Empire published between 1903 and 1908. Based on the census of 1900 these volumes contain wealth of information about the K. u. K. Monarchy. The Kingdom of Hungary (with Croatia) and Bosnia-Herzegovina is not part of the series. If you are interested in Hungary you might check three other gazetteers from the same era: 1877, 1882 and 1913 gazetteers of Hungary. The 1877 (Dvorzsák) is available at BUY, as well: vol. 1 and vol. 2.
These books have been scanned and put into a digital collection by the Harold B. Lee University Library of Salt Lake City's Brigham Young University.
The Old Vine Festival is a top tourist culinary-wine-cultural festival in Maribor, the biggest tourist event in autumn. Over 500 participants were recorded this September. The next event will take place on 13 September 2013.
The Old Vine Festival is the main happening in the cycle of events From Vine to Wine, from pruning to St Martin’s Day celebrations, which in Maribor we prepare in the honour of the Old Vine, the oldest vine in the world. It was planted more than 400 years ago infront of a house on Vojašniška street in Maribor. The vine is documented by two pictures dated 1657 and 1681 (kept in museum in Graz, Austria).
The Old Vine is Maribor’s greatest ethnographic sight, which symbolises the rich wine culture of Maribor and Štajerska and is at the same time a starting point and finishing point wine roads, which intertwine the hilly town wine growing district.
Herman Potočnik (pseudonym: Hermann Noordung; 22. 12. 1892 - 27. 8. 1929) was born in Pula (nowadays Croatia) to Slovenian parents: Marija (Minka) Kokošinek from Vitanje and Jožef Potočnik from Zgornji Razbor near Slovenj Gradec.
Herman Potočnik Noordung, along with his book The Problem of Space Travel – The Rocket Motor (1928), is regarded as a pioneer of spaceflight. The book can be downloaded free of charge or bought as a printed version (in Slovenian and English). KSEVT invited all interested in this area to discover his influence on the development of space programmes. The openning of the centre is announced for 7 September 2012.
The forthcoming Medieval Fair (20 May 2012), conceived as an open-air living history event, will try to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere in the midst of Ljubljana Old Town. Stalls at the fair will be selling medieval objects, food and drinks.
The fair will be accompanied by demonstrations of medieval handicraft techniques and nowadays unusual practices such as bloodletting using leeches, medieval dentistry, torture, etc. Accompanying events will also include creative workshops offering visitors an opportunity to try their hand at various handicrafts, and a theatre show featuring medieval buffoons.
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The technical heritage of Idrija, formed above the Idrija Mercury Mine and developed together with it over the centuries, will be presented to you on the tour of the main technical monuments, all recently renovated, which bear witness to the magnificence of our oldest mining town.
In Idrija, a special type of house of Slovenia was formed in the past – the Idrija miner's house. This residential building, nowadays a museum, was built in the second half of the 18th century. In 1910, 18 people lived in it. In this renovated miner's house, arranged as a museum, you will get to know numerous stories about the lives of the Idrija miner and his family.
In the Idrija Municipal Museum at the Castle Gewerkenegg two exhibitions are hosted: ‘Five Centuries of the Idrija mine and town' and ‘Idrija Lace – a History Written in Thread’. Here, you will be able to connect everything you have seen and heard during the day in one place.
Slovenian Genealogy Society (Slovensko rodoslovno društvo - SRD) is composed of volunteers, who are willing to share their knowledge and research results either online or off-line, organize lectures or seminars, and record preservation or transcription projects. Young researcher can learn from those more experienced via web site, forum and regular events about recent developments, genealogical sources and archive records. In Slovenia, these are civil and ecclesiastical registers (birth, death and matrimonial records). Personal civil records cover mainly a period of last 100 years.
Church registers were started in the 17th century, only exceptionally in the 16th century. These are registers of births, marriages and deaths, which were obligatory recorded by the parish priests. Records in civil and church registers are official - primary genealogical sources. There are many other useful secondary sources, which can help in genealogy research, as archival guides. Archives of the Republic of Slovenia and Ljubljana Historical Archives have published them online. Archiepiscopal Archives of Maribor and Ljubljana have issued guides several times; recent ones are available in their reading rooms, but they are not online. For the entire country the Guide to the church registers for the SR Slovenia (1972) is the most appropriate, following by Guide to the parish archives in Slovenia.
Among available genealogy software programs the SRD recommends these, which are compatible and enable an export of a standardized GEDCOM file with information about persons and their relationships. In that format data can be shared with other genealogists, added to online databases, or converted into family web sites. In Slovenia, Brother's Keeper is still the most used genealogy software. Its advantage over others is in the translation into the Slovenian language and support for special characters of the alphabet. Many other programs do not have these preliminary conditions. One of the most recent software programs that also meets these requirements is My Heritage Family Tree Builder. It enables also social networking service – creating family websites, where genealogists can share data and build their family trees online. Members can upload their family trees and contact other family historians to fill in gaps in their research.
The Slovenian genealogy site provides many other helpful links. Interesting open source software is Gramps, which tends to serve both, non-professional and professional genealogists. It can be downloaded from SourceForge page.
Among the SRD’s reference files an index of electronically recorded persons is popular. Worth mentioning is the list of settlements and other toponyms, which is more helpful than would be concluded by title. It is worth knowing and considering the association’s recommendations for genealogy work.
Some active genealogists have made signposts to many genealogical sources from their websites. For example, Mr. Fonda and Mr. Zavodnik. The most complete global genealogical signpost is certainly www.cyndislist.com.
Search for people abroad is available through worldwide repository of genealogical information such as Ancestry and the FamilySearch site (some of the content is available only via subscription). The most popular sites for Slovenian genealogists in Europe are probably French Geneanet and the site of German association.
In support of search for ancestors through the World Wide Web, and permanent storage of personal data that are specific to genealogy, are increasingly included in Google search and G+ or Facebook timeline. Therefore, the prospect of many startling novelties in near future maybe could not avoid discussion on data security and data protection rights.
The time when the cold winter gives way to kinder spring has long been a good reason for numerous celebrations in Slovenia. Pust – or Carnival has most joyfully illustrated the beginning of a new cycle of nature and farming.
But the Carnival did not only mean an always welcome period of unbridled rejoicing, but in its original forms was based on a kind of pagan magical element which people used when trying to influence nature.
At the time of the Carnival, people talk about traditional masks: kurenti, laufarji from Cerkno, pustovi from Drežnica, pozvačin from Prekmurje, šelme from Kostanjevica, škoromati from Brkini, mačkare from Dobrepolje and others. Every Slovenian region has its masks, some old and traditional, others more modern. Slovenia is told to be one of the richest countries in masks and if you visit the kurenti, laufarji and drežniški pusti, you will not be let down.
Would you like to know, where a monument of famous Slovenian poet France Prešeren stands? In Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, on Prešeren square.
Showmystreet.com (fast and easy street viewing) - can display, where this is located. Just start typing an address: "Ljubljana Prešernov trg" and streetview or satellite images start filling your screen. Many Slovenian towns have Prešeren's square, for example, there is one in Novo mesto.
This tool is very useful also for searching your ancestors' homes and other not known locations.
Dimkarovski, Ljuben, bone flute, trumpet - free listen online, download mp3, download sheet music
Mr. Dimkarovski plays a Neanderthal flute - world's oldest instrument (60,000 years) found in nowadays Archaeological Park Divje Babe in Slovenia (in the area of the Idrija and Cerkno hills), is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Early Stone Age in the world.Explore more:
Saturday, 8. August | About Slovenia Times The teamA series of events will be held on Friday to mark the 120th anniversary of the setting up of the Aljaž Tower, a storm shelter and a triangulation point standing on the summit of Mount Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain.
Along with Triglav, the sheet steel storm shelter is a landmark of Slovenia and a symbol of Slovenehood. It was designed and erected by priest Jakob Aljaž (1845-1927), a trailblazer in the Julian Alps who purchases the piece of land right at the top of Triglav.
The tower and its immediate surroundings were proclaimed a site of national cultural importance in 1999, presenting a symbol of national pride along with the country's highest peak.
Jakob Aljaž (1845-1927) was born in Zavrh pod Šmarno goro (house name Bačnik). His father was a guardian of the church Šmarna Gora. Jakob attended school in Smlednik and from 1855 a high school in Ljubljana. He studied philosophy in Vienna, where he was a member of the Academic Society and Slavic Choir Association and a member of a secret Slovenian literary society around Stritar. Because of his father death and homesickness, he moved to Ljubljana and began studying theology. In the theological seminary he organized a choir.
In 1871 he became a priest and his first job was in Tržič. From Dobrava near Kropa he was moved to Dovje in 1889, where he remained a priest for 37 years.
His initiative for the construction of Slovenian mountain huts in the Triglav was first realized, when he set the Aljaz Tower on the top of Triglav (2,864 meters). He bought the land from the Dovje municipality for 1 goldinar and gave it to the Slovene mountaineering society. On 7 August 1895 at this point a metal tower was erected from 6 metal pieces (brought by man on the top) that were for free made by his friend Anton Belec. Inside he installed three chairs, visitor's book, coffee pot and a picture M. Pernhart Triglavska panorama. He also made Staničeva cottage, Triglav home on Kredarica, and home in Vrata (today Aljažev home). He marked a number of mountain trails.
His main message to Slovenian, Austrian and Italian society of WW1 times was: "Hatred does not bear fruit, in friendship life is beautiful."
The Museum's basic mission is to acquire, document, preserve, research and promote materials related to contemporary Slovenian history. In addition to its exhibitions, the Museum also offers a variety of programmes for both children and adults. It carries out activities in the field of culture, education and research, collaborating with various institutions, and thus serves as a bridge between the general public and historical science. It connects the fates of 20th century Slovenian people and provides visitors with answers to questions about their own identity in modern times. The Museum also serves as a gathering place for groups of all kinds and as a place for dialogue and reflection.
A branch of the National Museum of Contemporary History in in Brestanica, where a Museum of Political Prisoners, Internees and Deportees can be seen.
Association of rural women from Prebold (Slovenia) has recently organised the 10th Festival of potica cakes, which took place on 22 and 23 March 2013 in Prebold, where the giant cake baked in the form of Easter potica cake was launched. Its diameter was of 158 cm. It was baked in a bakery Fijavž in Šempeter in Savinja walley, the main master was Andrej Voh.
The giant cake was officially measured and reported for entry in the Guinness Book of Records: it was in the owen for 4 hours, and could be stretched to almost 5 metres long cake. What were the ingridients spent?
10 kg of fine flour and 3 kg crisp flour 10 kg of nuts 70 eggs 9 liters of milk 3 kg of butter 3 kg of sugar 4 kg of dried grape berries and 400 grams of yeast.
Official measurements for the Guinness Book of World Records was held at the evening event - Festival of cakes in Prebold, 22 March 2013. The event was visited by famous Slovenian ethnologist Dr. Janez Bogataj, who is preparing a monograph on potica cakes.
On open call, who in Slovenia could make a large model for giant cake, responded Slovenian Society of Ceramicists and Potters and Pottery of Dobovšek Sebastian and Tatjana, who finaly made a giant model named St. Barbara's model.
The model manufacturing was not an easy task, either. Technological solutions have come up with an experienced potter Bostjan Dobovšek and Technologist Association Blaz Konc. Seven members of the Association on Saturday, 16 February 2013, gathered in Boštjan's workshop in Žalna, where they worked diligently throughout the day. They spend 230 hours of work for modelling and burning clay, which was then cared for drying. They have made 34 kg heavy model with the extent of over 490 cm. At the event on 15 March 2013 in Grosuplje the unique model was given to the President of Association of Rural Women from Prebold, Ms Danica Uplaznik.
For the tenth Festival of potica cakes can be said that it is the traditional event, organized by the Association of Rural Women from Prebold on Friday and Saturday before Palm Sunday. Functioning of society and ideas that attracts both competitors and visitors from near and far surroundings, is the great merit of Danica Uplaznik, the President of the Society, who is assisted by the Municipality Prebold. In the expanded competition in Savinja Valley 66 contestants contributed cakes and pastries. In 2013 competition a Professional Commission awarded 33 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze medals. You can see their master pieces at: http://zeneprebold.wordpress.com/prireditve/festival-potic/
Predstavitev je zbirka vtisov s Savinjske planinske poti pospremljena s fotografijami, panoramskimi prikazi, animiranimi zemljevidi poti z raznimi podatki in...
Staying in camping place Park enables you to discover lower Savinya Valley. In agricultural area you will find unique hop fields - hops for export are the most important crop (accounting for approximately 3% of world production). In the central part of the valley, arable fields, dairy and beef cattle, pig and poultry farming are also important in lowland areas. Forests and hills around the valley are excellent for tracking, but are an important source of income, too. Fruit is grown along the edges of the Lower Savinja Valley and in the eastern part of the region.
The presentation shows 180 km of pathways which can be managed in 1 week stay. But if you decide to visit only selected picks, experience of pure nature with biodiversity of plants and animals. Kind people and perserved national heritage may surprise you.
Service activities are concentrated mainly in Celje which is the third most important service centre in Slovenia. It is also an exhibition centre with the renowned annual International Craft Fair.
In the final stage of the European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012 the UGM / Maribor Art Gallery, in cooperation with the major Slovenian galleries and museums, presents a review of the 20th century art from Impressionism to Retro Avant-garde.
A review of Slovenian art of the past 100 years from the collections of about 20 Slovenian museums and galleries, including the National Gallery and Museum of Modern Art, Coastal Galleries Piran, Mikl house in Ribnica, Gallery of Murska Sobota and others are presented.
SATURDAY, 10 November, at 2pm and 4pm: Bled Castle Restaurant invites you to St Martin’s Weekend.
In Slovenia, St. Martin's Day marks the day when the must traditionally turns to wine. The must is usually considered impure and sinful, until it is baptised and turned into wine. The baptism is performed by someone who dresses up as a bishop and blesses the wine, this is usually done by the host. Another person is chosen as the godfather of the wine. The foods traditionally eaten on the day are goose, red cabbage and mlinci.
For those with Slovenian ancestry, the Slovenian Union of America website does have a page of genealogy links. The downside to this cookbook is that not all recipes are attributed. However, there are plenty of names in this book...
Woman's Glory - The Kitchen by the Slovenian Women's Union of America is 275 pages of everything from introductions, recipes, and kitchen tips to photos, some street addresses and information about the Slovenian Women's Union. This cookbook published in 1953 is in honor of the organization's silver anniversary. From the Preface by the cookbook's editor Albina Novak, the reader learns that she had wanted to compile a cookbook that "would serve as an instructor to the Slovenian women of today who wish to include in their homemaking dishes for which their mothers have always been famous." Four pages in the beginning of the book provide information and names about members of the Slovenian Women's Union
Slovenia’s Day of Uprising: Traditions, Customs and Activities
The Day of Uprising or Resistance Day (Slovenia, dan upora proti okupatorju) is a holiday in Slovenia to commemorate the establishment of Slovenia’s Liberation Front, which spearheaded the home-grown resistance against Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.
The Slovenian monument features three beams pointing to the heavens, painted in the colours of the Slovenian flag. They angle as a reminder of an old proverb that states: “We bend but never break.” The three pyramids represent Mount Triglav, the tallest mountain in Slovenia. Triglav is also the name of the monument itself, designed by Mr. Miro Korsik of Toronto.
During the holiday, events such as public speeches from surviving Slovenian guerillas and political groups gather at the Monument of Freedom, created by Jakob Savinek (1922-1961) to commemorate this momentous event which liberated the country from foreign rule during World War II.
In Slovenia, The Liberation Front was established in Ljubljana on 26 April 1941 in the house of writer and literary critic Josip Vidmar, only two weeks after Slovenia was occupied by Nazi Germany and ten days after the Yugoslav authorities surrendered in Belgrade.
The National Resistance Day is a celebration of the fundamental values of freedom, courage, ingenuity and culture.The Second World War forced the Slovenian nation to take many important decisions. The decision to resist the occupation required a clearly defined position on the existence of the nation and a complete break with the past.
On 27 April 1941 an anti-imperialist front was founded in Ljubljana. Immediately upon its founding, the Liberation Front launched a campaign to attract followers, and urged all Slovenians to rise against the enemy when the Soviet Union was attacked by the Third Reich on 22 June 1941. The front soon became popular among Slovenians and represented a solid basis for a partisan resistance movement named the National Liberation Struggle.
The founding meeting of the Liberation Front was attended by a number of people on behalf of four main founding groups, namely the Communist Party of Slovenia, the Sokoli - a gymnastic society with patriotic aspirations based on a similar Czech movement, the Christian Socialists and a group of Slovenian intellectuals. The front was active in the entire territory populated by Slovenians, including where the Slovenian ethnic minority lives in Italy, Austria and Hungary.
Its platform set down that a movement against the occupying forces had to begin at once. One of the front's aims was also to bring about unity of all five nations in the then Yugoslavia. Moreover, the platform said that after the country was liberated, the front would take power in Slovenia and introduce people's democracy. Soon after being set up, the front became dominated by the Communist Party, which also "took over" the leadership of the partisan national liberation movement. All class or political opponents were denied participation in it and were labelled "enemies of the people".
Following pressure exerted by the Communist Party, three founding groups of the front - the party, the Sokoli and the Christian Socialists - adopted a joint statement in February 1943 reiterating the unity of the Liberation Front. The statement - which has become known as the Dolomiti Declaration - in fact gave the Communist Party the leading role, while the other groups renounced their independent political activity.
The most comprehensive presentation of Slovenia with Surround Photography of nature landscape, towns, castles, churches, caves, waterfalls, people, etc.
Burger's virtual guide is an attempt to present world landmarks. The goal of his project is to display the cultural and natural heritage of our planet with interactive Surround Photography. The project started in 1996 (within domain burger.si from March 1997) and is updated almost every week, so welcome to check it On-line.
(c) Boštjan Burger, 1996-2012
All the data, text, photos, pictures and SURROUND PHOTOGRAPHY are owned by the author Boštjan Burger. No other use like storing to other servers, hotlinking, copy-pasting, modifying images is alowed.
The portal Kamra offers a unique access to information, documents, photos and other material, that Slovenian public libraries, museums and other local cultural institutions wish to share with the public.
Portal Kamra has been established by Slovenian central regional libraries who also maintain it with financial support of the Ministry of Culture. Contents on KAMRA are presented in the shape of stories, with multiple points of view on selected events, people or occurences and in various forms - paintings, photos, texts...
As from 2011 KAMRA web portal has been established for free online access to local history digital content published online. The portal KAMRA offers digital content (news, digital databases, multimedia element) for free on-line access for personal use. The interface languages are: Slovenian, English, Hungarian and Italian, but the content is mainly in Slovenian.
Sloveanian KAMRA is linked to the European portal Europeana - Europe's cultural collections.
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