The informal curator of this unique virtual museum is Ms Bezić Filipović, the head of the Split branch office of the CHF.
Late last year Split’s Croatian Maritime Museum and the Croatian Heritage Foundation launched a project that aims to study the history of emigration from the southern Croatian region of Dalmatia that began with the presentation of a Virtual Museum of Emigration from Dalmatia (http://radio.hrt.hr/clanak/otvoren-virtualni-muzej-iseljenistva-dalmacije/159374/).
The laudable idea, realised by Branka Bezić Filipović, the head of the Split branch office of the Croatian Heritage Foundation, with the support of Split’s Croatian Maritime Museum, has seen a warm public reception.
The informal curator of this unique virtual museum, among those already existing in Croatia (http://hvm.mdc.hr/), is the agile Ms Bezić Filipović, who has published eight volumes on the topic of emigration and has dedicated her life to supporting heritage clubs and maintaining contact with Croatian diaspora communities around the world. She has been doing so for the past thirty years, when the Internet era was just dawning and the work required much more effort; in setting up contacts and collecting material such as old photographs, postcards, passports and the like.
The material accumulated over the years has been imaged and stored and will be available at the museum’s Internet site (http://hpms-opid.com/index.php/povijest-iseljenistva/dokumenti), currently hosted by Split’s Croatian Maritime Museum, i.e. in the frame of a project that aims to set up a department of the history of emigration from southern Croatia’s Dalmatia region. Ms Bezić Filipović is confident in the continued excellent collaboration with the museum team led by director Danka Radić, and historians Petra Blažević and Ljubomir Radić.
The fact that there are Croatians, in particular those hailing from our southern region, across the globe, is vividly explored in Branka Bezić Filipović’s latest publication, Tragom Hrvata u svijetu (In Search of Croatians Abroad).
This virtual museum will be host to many of these evocative memories, and to the great successes that have been achieved by Croatians and that have changed the world. It should be noted that the museum features Croatian diaspora communities both on distant continents and in the closer neighbourhood. It is well known that many Croatians live across the countries that once comprised the Yugoslav federation, in the Scandinavian countries and, in particular, in Germany. There are in fact Croatians living across all of Europe with the sole exception of Albania, or, to put it more precisely, there is no official evidence of Croatians having migrated to that particular country. The same is true of the Far East, with the exception being North Korea. “For now these few countries will not be featured in the museum records,” quipped Branka Bezić Filipović in her interview with reporter Lenka Gospodnetić.
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