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Kysuce Museum gets new teeth and a zither

THE COLLECTIONS of the Kysuce Museum in Čadca have been enriched with two mammoth teeth, a 100-year old violin, a Valencia zither and a book of sermons dating back to 1841 written by František Xaver Daniš, a priest, translator and supporter of the 1848 Slovak revolt against Hungarian rule. As the museum’s communication manager, Lenka Jancová, told the SITA newswire, last year was one of the museum’s most successful for adding to its collections – it acquired as many as 471 historical items, including several rarities.

THE COLLECTIONS of the Kysuce Museum in Čadca have been enriched with two mammoth teeth, a 100-year old violin, a Valencia zither and a book of sermons dating back to 1841 written by František Xaver Daniš, a priest, translator and supporter of the 1848 Slovak revolt against Hungarian rule.
As the museum’s communication manager, Lenka Jancová, told the SITA newswire, last year was one of the museum’s most successful for adding to its collections – it acquired as many as 471 historical items, including several rarities.

The two mammoth teeth come from two different localities along the banks of the Kysuca River – one from the Turzovka region and the other from Krásno nad Kysucou. Among other important acquisitions of the museum are photographs from the visit of American astronaut Eugene Andrew Cernan to Slovakia. His grandparents had left Kysuce for the US at the end of the 19th century.

The newly-acquired items will be installed in exhibits housed in the manor house in Radoľa and in buildings of the Museum of Kysuce Village in Vychylovka. Next year the museum plans to re-install a permanent exposition named “Kysuce” in Čadca and to prepare new expositions on tinkery and archaeology as well as a section dedicated to astronaut Cernan.

The Kysuce Museum in Čadca is celebrating 35 years of its open-air Kysuce village museum in Vychylovka. It has also published its twelfth anthology, covering the tinker craft between the two world wars; heating equipment in old Kysuce houses; Lužica culture in Slovakia (from the historical period of the late Bronze Age, about 1200 B.C.); and the breeding of farm animals at Kysuce.

The anthology also analyses several historical periods affecting this region such as the occupation of northern Kysuce by Poland and the Great Depression in the Čadca district as well as the life of the great European actress Pola Negra whose family roots go back to the village of Nesluša. The museum’s anthology was published between 1977 and 1984, again in 1989, and now – in its current form – since 2004.

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