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Public Lecture on Open Air Museums and their Importance, Past and Present

Lecture in New Brunswick, NJ on the changing role and continued importance of open-air museums by director general of the Hungarian "Skansen" in Szentendendre, Dr Miklós Cseri. The Hungarian Open Air Museum is embarking on an ambitious course of enriching its anthropogical collections with sections devoted to diaspora Hungarian communities, including those in the United States.The talk which is open to the general public, will be held at the Hungarian Heritage Museum, 300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ, at 4 pm, 13 May 2012, sponsored by the Bessenyei György Hungarian Alumni Association, the Hungarian Cultural Center, the Hungarian Heritage Museum and the Open Air Museum in Szentendre, Hungarian.

The Hungarian Cultural Center cordially invites you to the public lecture by Dr Miklós Cseri, director-general of the Hungarian Open Air Museum in Szentendre, exploring the new roles and functions and the continued importance of open air museum in Hungary and around the world. Anthropology, more than perhaps other social sciences, depends on studying and recreating complex social environments without reducing them to models and schemes. Skansens around the world are at the vanguard of these efforts, teaching students and adults in immersive environments about traditional local culture and society. The Szentendre Skanzen has been exploring novel ways and concepts of presenting anthropological evidence in quasi-native environments, contributing decisively to the preservation of Hungarian folk cultural heritage. This task and its challenges will be discussed in an accessible public lecture at the Hungarian Heritage Museum, 300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ, at 4 pm, 13 May 2012. The event is sponsored by the Bessenyei György Hungarian Alumni Association, the Hungarian Cultural Center, the Hungarian Heritage Museum and the Open Air Museum in Szentendre, Hungarian.
Suggested donation for adults 8, for students 5 dollars.

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