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Földi János Library memorial House, Hajdúhadház Gallery - Hajdúhadház
Address: 4242, Hajdúhadház Földi János utca 8.
Phone number: (52) 583-047
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8-17, Fri 8-16, Sat 8-12
1848, 19th Century, education, education, free time, history, history of politics, literature, medicine, Modern Era, permanent exhibition, public education, school, story
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Upstairs in the memorial house, a permanent exhibition presents the famous personalities of Hajduhadhaz. The first, smallest exhibition room shows the visitors the life of Janos Foldi: the newly erected imposing building replaced his modest dwelling house. Foldi was the doctor of the county Hajdu. Meanwhile, he kept in touch with the outstanding cultural personalities of his time. He produced excellent pieces of work in the fields of Hungarian metrics, grammar and botanies. Unfortunately, there are no objects which survive at all.

The second exhibition room presents turkologist Daniel Szilagyi. His father was a clergyman in Hajduhadhaz. Szilagyi fought in the Hungarian revolution and war of independence of 1848/49: after the fall of which he escaped to Turkey with lots of his companions. He lived there until his death. Szilagyi very quickly learnt oriental languages and became an acknowledged lawyer in Constantinople. His enormous book and manuscript collection was brought home by his son Bela Szilagyi, with the financial help of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His valuable inheritance can be researched in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences' Library in the Oriental Collection (in a separated Szilagyi Collection). Significant part of his books gained final placement in Szechenyi Library.

The third exhibition room pays tribute to the teacher, linguist and propagator of correct usage, Sandor E. Kiss. His works were inspired by his love for his mother country. At university, under the instruction of Prof. Balint Csury, he researched the vocabulary of Hajduhadhaz. Later, he published works on Hajduhadhaz, among other things; he collected its place names. In his writings on correct usage, he was led by his absolute love for the Hungarian language. His collected works can be researched in the research corner of E. Kiss room.

In the corridor the life of Gyula Madai is exhibited through the media of his personal artifacts and written documents. Madai was the MP of Hajduhadhaz for a long time during which he consistently campaigned for the advancement of education and cultural life. His literal workmanship is outstanding as well: he was the member of the literary circle "Bokreta" (Bouquet). He was awarded with an academic award for his poem "Magyar tenger/ Az Adrian" (The Hungarian Sea/ On the Adriatic). His play "A Bizakyhaz" (The Bizaky House) was a great success in Debrecen and Miskolc.

Captain Ferenc Sillye and commissioner of the county Hajdu, Gabor Pely Nagy are each commemorated by a legend. The history of Hajduhadhaz was written by Sandor Nagy thus he is also present at the exhibition. Selected material from the Hortobagy Artistic Studio is displayed in the exhibition together with the works of Laszlo Egerhazi, woodcarver.