Trough this project the CHF will showcase a part of the digitalised heritage it has gathered since its inception.
Friday, 12 February 2021—seventy years to the day since the Croatian Heritage Foundation was founded—will see the launch of an online museum of the Croatian diaspora. Through this project the CHF will showcase a part of the digitalised heritage it has gathered since its inception.
Among this content will be the digitalised issues of the CHF’s monthly Matica magazine published from 1951 to 1961 and the issues of the annual Croatian Emigrant Almanac published from 1955 to 1960. The online museum will also feature the “Diaspora Museum” column featured in the Novi iseljenik (“New Emigrant”) magazine from 1936 to 1940.
The online museum will also include a random selection of over five hundred photographs associated with the diaspora communities, its organisations and activities from the late nineteenth to the mid-1990s from the CHF archives. The photographs have been digitalised in high resolution for full appreciation.
The bulk of the materials that the Croatian Heritage Foundation has collected are now part of the institutions that have grown out of the CHF, or are kept with the Croatian State Archives. The CHF holds only a small portion of the diaspora heritage it has collected since its inception, less than ten per cent. Only a small portion of this is now presented to the public through this project.
The online Croatian diaspora museum has been conceived as a permanently open digital platform for the collection of diaspora and Croatian minority enclave heritage. It will be updated on a weekly basis as an ongoing project of the Croatian Heritage Foundation. The online museum will be available at https://iseljenickimuzej.blog.