Twin Cities Slovenians

Membership meeting

February 7, 2015

The Sleeper House, St. Paul

Welcome  by John Zakelj, president and Dr Seth Hawkins, curator of Sleeper House

Treasurer’s report Since this was a special meeting, there was no treasurer’s report

                About 35 attended, including about 5 new people.


                The 2015 Prešeren Day event at the Julian H. Sleeper House Museum was held on February 7, which is the anniversary of the death of Slovenia’s greatest poet, France Prešeren.  In Slovenia, February 8 is an official holiday which celebrates Slovenian culture.  We celebrated with a special program.  There was no admission charge; food and beverages were provided. 

The program was “On the Money.”  Dr. Hawkins talked about historic Slovenian currency in his collection.   Members of the TCS Slovenian language class told us about the notable Slovenians on the currency.  Presenters included:

Norm Setnicker – Ivan Cankar

Cynthia Bradford – Jakobus Gallus

Pat Dahl – Jože Plečnik

Monica Cornelison – Primož Trubar

Chuck Podominick – Jurij Vega

Elaine Barthelemy – Ivana Kobilca

Dr Seth Hawkins – Janez Valvazor 

Although the official program ended by 11:30, the museum was open till 3 p.m.  In addition to the Slovenian collection, there were nine exhibition rooms to see.  Free Slovenia maps and tourist brochures were available – over 120 kinds!

Respectfully submitted,

John Zakelj