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The Voice of Slovenian Pride

Even though he lived in the 19th century, Janez Bleiweis was a true Renaissance Man. Highly educated, he left a lasting mark as a physician, journalist, and a politician. He founded an influential political newspaper, and helped to bring a sense of Slovenian national consciousness to his readers. Bleiweis was born into a privileged family in 1808. Because of his ...

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The Rise and Fall of a Railroad

Only an occasional bridge and several old buildings serve as a reminder of a railroad that once made its way through the Upper Sava Valley. For decades, the rail link brought life to this part of northwestern Slovenia – until a controversial decision led to its abolishment. The railroad once connected Ljubljana with the town of Tarvisio, now a part ...

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A Goat That Went on Trial

A story about a goat trail written by the Slovenian author Josip Jurčič in 1867 still serves as a barbed commentary on interpersonal relations and the absurdities of everyday life. The tale is set in the small town of Višnja Gora in Slovenia’s Dolenjska (Lower Carniola) region. It begins when a goat belonging to a peasant boy named Lukež Drnulja ...

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SMA Exhibit: Historical Masks of Slovenian Mardi Gras (VIDEO)

The Slovenian Museum and Archives (6407 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland) had an exhibit of the historical masks of Slovenian Mardi Gras. For centuries, masks have been used throughout Slovenia in the celebration of Mardi Gras — the Kurent is the most well known Slovenian mask in Cleveland, but in fact, there are several others which are all highly unique and ...

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How a Tree Became a Slovenian Symbol

In the late 1980s, the Slovenian Spring was in full bloom. It was a time of a renewed national consciousness and ever-louder calls for human rights. During this period, one symbol soon took the country by storm: The linden leaf became a proud emblem of Slovenian national aspirations as Yugoslavia and Communism began to crumble. The appearance of the linden ...

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A Vanished Alphabet

Visitors who come to admire the Church of the Holy Trinity in the southwestern Slovenian village of Hrastovlje tend to focus on the magnificent Dance of the Dead fresco, which shows people from all walks of life being led to their deaths by skeletons. Some, however, may notice an inscription in an unusual script. The writing is in the Glagolitic ...

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A Legendary Slovenian Dynasty

Slovenian history is rich with remarkable individuals, many of whom made lasting contributions in the fields of medicine, music, and politics. One family, however, stands out with its remarkable legacy; its members had a profound impact on the practice of medicine in the Slovenian Lands, composed songs that are still recognized today, and helped to awaken Slovenian national consciousness. The ...

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An Uprising Under the Alps

These days, Tolmin is a quiet, almost sleepy town in the foothills of Slovenia’s Julian Alps. In the early 18th century, however, it was the site of a peasant revolt that left an impact far beyond the town itself. The rebellion began when the local authorities introduced new taxes on meat and wine. The local farmers already had trouble making ...

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In 1821, Ljubljana Became The Center Of The World

In the early 19th century, Ljubljana was a small Hapsburg town of around 20,000 people. For a few months in 1821, however, heads of state from around Europe briefly made Ljubljana the center of international politics and diplomacy. Between January and May of that year, Ljubljana was the venue for the second congress of the Holy Alliance, which united most ...

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