The introduction of the Village Museum of Szentbékkálla

The Museum was founded on July 31, 1999 by teacher Ferenc Oltárczi.

Oltárczi Ferenc

The first written reference of Szentbékkálla goes back to 1273. However this does not mean that there had been no settlement here before that date. The stones from the Roman ages found here and in the walls of buildings elsewhere are the signs that this village was built on an even earlier settlement.  The findings  in the first showcase in t he middle, which turned up during ploughing in Szentbékkálla, are pieces of a sword from the 10th or 11th century preserved in the Hungarian National Museum. The rest of the material on show follows the history of the village from the middle of the 19th century. In the middle in the 2nd showcase you can see the photographs and records of the Kiszling, Fatér and Vajai families. The 3rd showcase contains beautiful prayer books, calendars, Bible notes, a conscription list of the boys born in 1849, and an identity card. The 4th showcase contains documents of judicial auctions from 1858 and 1860, a land-sale contract from 1891, a list of borrowers from 1844 and one of the most valuable pieces of the museum, the draft and the final version of a deathwill from 1850.

On the left  wall  a cross-setting promissory note from 1854 and an 1864 marriage certificate is exhibited.  The first glasscase contains the full copy of Historia Domus (its writing began in 1859), the full document collection of the Ludvai family, a 19th century toybox, and documents and objects connected to the church and the school. Above the case hang the paintings of the old Marton family, of which Daniel and Ödön were excellent architects. Next is the picture of György Szabó, the canon of Veszprém, who was born here, and whom we can thank for the furniture – the altar, the benches and the floor – of our church. The exhibits beside that are the coat-of-arms of the old Körmendy family, their sword and the wooden leg of a  family member who lost a limb in World War I.

Inside, above and around the second glasscase one can see the memorabilia of the Great War and the subsequent years. It is especially worth to mention the collar and cap of Lajos Körmendi (Kurdi), who served as a sailor on the St Steven warship. The carved wooden frames made by the soldiers are beautiful. Particularly nice is the wedding photo from 1901 of József Böcskei and Teréz Werb. The Golden Book of the Paladins and the original correspondence of Kálmán Darányi are dated somewhat later.

Across one can see the peasant-style sideboard of the Oltárczi family, partly with original, partly with contemporary objects. The drawer holds the beautiful wall-hangings and other homespun clothes preserved in the village. Above the cupboard on the wall across, on the two big photographs appear Ferenc Mohos, teacher and builder of the Community Center, and Viktor Marx, the excellent educator of far reaching ideas of the 1930-ies. Viktor Marx was a great specialist, cantor, director, sportsman, and a bohemian if you like. His own photographs, pedagogical works, compositions, music sheets and personal objects are also on exhibit. Beneath one finds a bookbinding press, a tussock (a winecellar equipment) and a hand grind.

The desk to the right is the original furniture of the town clerk, with the property list, minutes of meetings, records of employment and an original bell on it. Above one finds the photos nad leaflets of the swimmingpool also connected to Viktor Marx. The booth contains the cylinder headed typewriter of Viktor Marx and the one-time typewriter of a town-clerk. To the right  there are photos of old vintage processions and theater performances.

The first metal case contains the books of the one-time Reading Club, report cards and other documents of the school. In the second metal case one finds the documents and photos of the significant blacksmiths of the village, János Máté sr. and jr.
The third case contains a notice of auction, a sugar-voucher, a servant book, the documents of the Lakatos family, the bank deposit book of the parish and the business notes of Gáspár Oltárczi. The old wedding pictures on the walls are the works of portrait-painters. The big photoes show typical buildings of Szentbékkálla and its neighbourhood. The wall-mirror of the Tomsics family and the Sheperd's crook under it are beautifully carved.

This room leads the visitor until the 2nd World War.

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