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This is the site for information about the new Hungarian Museum planned for Albany, Louisiana. Presently our plans include restoration of the old Hungarian school in "Hungarian Settlement" Louisiana. Our goals are to raise funds and membership to aid in the project. Tax deductible donations can be made to Hungarian Settlement Historical Society (or HSHS) and mailed to P.O. Box 1909 Albany, La. 70711. All donations will be used for the restoration project. Donations to our museum restoration fund are tax exempt. Contact us for more information.

The museum renovation is taking place in phases.  Phase 1 is almost complete and will hopefully be opening in 2012.  Grant money and locally generated funds are making this possible.


 The Story of Arpadhon


The Story of Arpadhon, Hungarian Settlement, Louisiana - 1896 - 2006
by Royanne Kropog

Printed by Moran Printing and Emprint of Baton Rouge, LA

ISBN   978-1-4276-3502-1

Sponsored by the Hungarian Settlement Historical Society


How did they do it?

At the turn of the century, when our country was still young, Hungarians came to south Louisiana in search of a better life for themselves and their families.  Land was purchased and cleared by hand.  Through adversity and hardship, and a cash crop called strawberries, they carved out an existence and thrived.  The result is Hungarian Settlement -- the largest rural Hungarian Settlement in the United States today.

This is not a history of individual Hungarian families, but instead, is a true story of how the Hungarian families lived, worked, worshiped, and entertained themselves.  It is viewed through the eyes of the residents and descendants of the early settlers.  Many interviews provided the information, material, and the photos for this work.  How they attended Hungarian weddings, how they worked the strawberry fields, how they preserved foods without electricity - including hog butchering, how they preserved the Harvest Dance in its original form which lures many visitors from far and near on the first Saturday evening of each October, and how their religion held them together are told with insight and warmth.   Contains: 260 pages, 75+ photos - - - Printed in English

About the author:

Royanne Kropog, a native of Livingston, Louisiana, has lived near Springfield, Louisiana, with her husband Alex Kropog, for the past 28 years.  She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University  in Hammond, Louisiana.  She retired as an educator having taught math at Kenilworth Junior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She is active in the Hungarian Settlement Historical Society where she is known as its historian and is the "Temporary" Curator of the proposed Hungarian Settlement Historical Museum in Albany, LA.  In her spare time, she loves to read and to play her musical instruments: dulcimers, mandolin, violin, bowed psaltery and bouzouki.

Prices: $12.00 for softback, $20.00 hardback; add $3.00 per book for shipping and handling in the U.S. Please add $15.00 USD for European orders. Payment methods: money order or personal check made payable to Hungarian Settlement Historical Society.  Please mail to Royanne Kropog at 30165 George White Rd., Holden, LA 70744.  For more information, call Royanne Kropog at 225-294-5732 or order by e-mail at .  See order form below.





The Hungarian Museum Foundation launches a new website to raise awareness of the project and to promote discussions of all things Hungarian. Features include history, photos and a discussion forum, open to the public.

Magyars in the American South

Hungarian Settlement, a rural ethnic community located in eastern Livingston Parish, Louisiana, began existence over a century ago. By 1935, approximately fifteen hundred Magyars had made their home this area...>>


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