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Széchenyi at the Vaskapu – painting by Schoefft Ágoston
Regulating the Tisza and Danube Rivers

As part of the economic development of Hungary, Count Széchenyi István considered it vitally important to regulate the two main waterways: the Tisza and the Duna (Danube).  The Tisza meandered across the Great Plain in its ”shoreless channel” (as described by Petőfi in his poem) and annually caused untold damage to crops, livestock and houses (not to mention loss of lives) during the spring floods which the dikes were unable to control and which did not abate for months. Ice jams on the Duna caused periodic flooding, and at the lower end (at the Vaskapú or Iron Gates), unpredictable currents and huge rocks in the river bed formed almost insuperable obstacles to navigation.

In this, the eighth article of our series commemorating the 225th anniversary of Széchenyi’s birth,  we take a brief look at how his broad vision for improving these and other waterways contributed to the advancement of the country. 

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Erika Papp Faber

The Tisza*

This poem helps explain the need for regulation of the Tisza as envisioned by Széchenyi, and described elsewhere in this issue.

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Petőfi Sándor

 American-Hungarian Community

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Hungarian Festival
The weather was ideal for the Taste of Hungary Festival held at Calvin United Church of Christ in Fairfield, CT on August 20th.
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Zoltán Sárosy

This article posted on August 22, 2016 by Eszter Vass, is used by permission of Daily News Hungary.

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 Magyar News Classics

Artist of the Year: George Havas
The original article was printed in the September 1999 issue of Magyar News See the full story...

 Arts and Culture

Animal References

The Hungarian language is chock full of words and expressions built around the names of animals.  We have compiled a list running to several pages – probably far short of being complete! – and will present some of these to you in this and future issues. 


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Erika Papp Faber and Olga Vallay Szokolay

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Szombathely and Its Historic Festival
This is where the largest Central Europpean historic festival of Central Europe has been held every August for the last 17 years. Also, it is where St. Martin of Tours was born 1,700 years ago.


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viola vonfi

Transylvanian stuffed cabbage
Since we mention a Transylvanian Stuffed Cabbage Festival in our Did you know... section, we are including a recipe for you. See the full story...

 Hungary Past and Present

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In a high school play of "The Voice of America" in which Bajor Gizi discovered him

On September 9th, the Hungarian Actor-King of the 1960s and 1970s would have become 85 years old.  June 2016 also marked the 40th anniversary of his tragic death.  This article deals only with anecdotes of our unforgettable romance that cannot be found in published sources. 

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Olga Vállay Szokolay

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A Date in Hungarian History: September 2, 1686

On this date occurred the liberation of Buda after 145 years of Turkish occupation.  Let us look at it on this 330th anniversary.


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Charles Bálintitt Jr.

Two Mornings

Having worked in Budapest for a couple of years in the nineties, Jules Vallay offers some musings about the city at dawn.  He wrote it shortly after his return to the States. It was published in the December 16-22, 1993 issue of the weekly Budapest Week, by the title “Remembering Budapest Mornings”.   

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Jules S. Vallay

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Livvy on the top of Sághegy
Sághegy Volcano

One does not automatically think of volcanoes in connection with Hungary. But they were there, active at one time.  Here is a brief description of one by our youngest contributor.

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Livvy Szabo

 It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

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Did you know...

... that there is a Stuffed Cabbage Festival? Or that we can once again  report on a film prize, and various other items?  

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