“Jaszam tike!”, a local history exhibition opened its gates on the 18 th of April, 2015 to commemorate the Bosnian minority in Szigetvár. The location -the Barn- was originally built for agricultural purposes 19 th c. It lost its function in the 20 th century, but it was reopened as a cultural centre in 2015. The beamed ceiling preserves the original building characteristics, the heating is provided with gas-based floor heating.
The purpose of the exhibition is to show the ethnical local history of Szigetvár between the 17 th and 20 th centuries through the culture of the local southern Slav peasants. There is an event room on the ground floor and a museum on the first floor of the freshly renovated building. The whole building is approximately 180 sqm big, the museum is 50. There is a long stairway leading up to the museum area, but there is also an elevator for barrier-free approach. The building also has a renovated attic that has not yet found its purpose. There is an entrance area before entering the exhibition area. It currently functions as a reception, where people buy their tickets, but it could also function as a cloak-room. The rest rooms are on a side corridor opening from the exhibition area.
The primary goal of the thematically organized exhibition is to show the material and spiritual culture of the local Bosnian peasants. In the same time it also commemorates the orthodox Serbian inhabitants of Szigetvár. The different themes are represented with photos and info boards on the wall, cabinets filled with exhibition objects and there are also digital frames with archive photos being continuously displayed. The exhibition objects on display are all authentic, everyday agricultural household objects.
There was an ethnic group that found a new home in the eastern part of Szigetvár after fleeing from the catholic Croatian side of Bosnia in the Turkish times. This part of Szigetvár still keeps the memory of these people with its Balkan-style alleys; the locals still call this area Gornyamála. The Bosnians of Szigetvár were
farmers; they cultivated land and kept animals. In the 18th c. half of Szigetvár´s population was Bosnian, by the end of the 19 th c. most of them became Hungarian, but they still kept their traditions that distinguished them from the rest of the citizens. Since they lived in the same place, many of them had the same names, so they found nicknames to distinguish between the families, many of which still exist today. They were deeply religious Catholics, their traditions and festivals contributed a lot to the richness of Szigetvár´s ethnology. During the changes of the second half of the last century the Bosnian culture and traditions have disappeared, their thatched roofed, stemmed houses were demolished, only the knowledge remained that their ancestors were the earliest inhabitants of Szigetvár.
The Circle of Friends of the Castle of Szigetvár took the initiative to rescue and save everything that remains from this Bosnian heritage, the Bosnians of Szigetvár have to be commemorated, because their descendants still live among us. So they have collected all existing household objects, written and material relics to show this rich heritage at a permanent exhibition.