ABOUT SLOVENIAN NATION HOME
Diemer Mansion, the 1868 historic building on the original Slovenian National Home property.
A distinguished group of Slovenians who immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio with a burning desire to create their own special meeting place formed the Slovenian National Home Organization on August 17, 1914.
Knowing they needed a place that could accommodate large numbers for all the educational, cultural and social needs of their families, they worked hard and sacrificed greatly to build the stately jewel that has become a Slovenian landmark for endless generations.
The year 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Slovenian National Home. We have successfully attracted the population across the United States and throughout Europe to our incredible venue. This organization has contributed locally to the community in Northeast Ohio while attracting Slovenes from around the world to hold their events in the magnificent hall that we call home. Saying that our organization has been a success is a great understatement.
Not only is the main hall the largest Slovenian Home in the country, but it also boasts the “Gaspari curtain,” an unmatched piece of art reproduced from a 1924 painting by famed artist, Maksim Gaspari. The title of the curtain is ‘Mother Slovenia’ which represents the focal point of our Slovenian culture. Prominent Slovenes are pictured in this famous painting, including poet France Preseren and writer Ivan Cankar.
Thousands of Slovenes have had their celebrations in the Slovenian National Home complex; events of all kinds are welcomed from weddings, anniversaries and dances to concerts, socials, meetings and even Masses.
The Board of Directors, Friends Organization and the 100th Anniversary Committee invite you to rekindle the spirit of those first immigrants. Share in the spirit of HEART – HOME – HERITAGE.