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Hungarian American Cultural Association (HACA)


HACA is currently sponsoring the Hungarian Blues Festival being held at the Hamilton Theater in Washington
D.C. Proceeds from the Festival will benefit the restoration of Himler House, in Himlerville, Kentucky, home of
Hungarian immigrant Martin Himler. Colonel Martin Himler served Hungary and the United States during World War II
as a member of the United States Office of Strategic Services, which is now the Central Intelligence Agency.

Hungarian musicians and musicians with Hungarian roots are building the bridge of music between the two countries.
This Hungarian Heritage Blues Festival will gather a fantastic group of Hungarian-American musicians
including Little G. Weevil, John Németh and Grammy Award winner John Popper of the Blues Traveler. The Festival
celebrates the integrity of music, exceptional talent and promises a very special journey to the spring of happiness.

Past Activities

In 2016 HACA raised funds for the 60th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
and Freedom Fight against Communist oppression. This Hungarian fight for democracy and freedom inspired the
Czech peoples in 1968 and the Polish peoples in 1980 to fight against Communist oppression.
These activities led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of Communism in all of Eastern Europe in 1989.

In 2013 HACA raised thousands of dollars to support the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Hungary was the featured country at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on 26-30 June
and 3-7 July, 2013 at the National Mall in Washington, DC. This was a unique chance to showcase
Hungary’s cultural heritage. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the American public in
general, and Hungarian-Americans in particular, to connect with Hungary.