The Slovak Canadian Heritage Museum welcomes everybody to view its exhibit and learn about the Slovak cultural heritage and its contribution to the Slovak society.
The Museum is noted for its collection of authentic regional costumes from Slovakia and through its temporary travel exhibits, bring to life the cultural, social and historic heritage of the Slovak pioneers in Canada.
We have chosen our display in Markham, Ontario so as to create a better understanding of heritage in today’s society. May you find them informative and educational.
Slovak Canadian Heritage Museum's History
It began with Expo '67 in Montreal at a time when all Canadians felt proud and united. An outgrowth of that spirit was the city's post-fair invitation to ethnic groups to show off their cultures at pavilions on the Expo site. Twenty groups, including Slovaks, eagerly responded. It proved a great tourist draw.
Ms. Margaret Dvorsky was the Slovak exhibit's curator. She kept the flame alive when she moved to Toronto to co-found the Slovak Canadian National Council. Slovak historic artifacts gathered over the years were displayed in a Heritage Room at the Slovak Cathedral of the Transfiguration in Markham. In 2003, the Markham Museum, on viewing the church display, invited us to showcase the display at their historic-recreation site. A Slovak heritage festival, recreating a Slovak village of olden days, was so successful that the museum granted us a permanent exhibit space. That emboldened us to form a formal museum organization with a travel exhibit.
Our objectives are to educate the public. Relating, to the immigration to Canada, and the settlement in Canada, of the peoples of Slovak origin through:
a.) the establishment, maintenance and operation of a museum for the preservation and exhibition of Slovak heritage artifacts, folklore, music, literature, art and traditions, as well as maintain an archives of historical materials relating to the Slovak heritage in Canada; and
b.) the development and sponsorship of educational programs, conferences, seminars, lectures workshops, and hands-on-demonstrations, to advance a greater understanding of the Slovak heritage in Canada, and in this way enhance Canada's cultural mosaic.
Our Exhibits includes Immigration and settlement in Canada, The Slovak community in Canada, cherished traditions retained in Canada, traditional and religious artifacts, Easter eggs "kraslice" from all regions of Slovakia, collection of dolls in folk costumes, regional headdresses, ceramics, leather and woodcrafts, contribution by notable Slovak Canadians and much more.