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Ethnographic Collection Pr’ Mnčknih

14. 8. 2014





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Volunteers coordinated by the Slovene Ethnological Society, the Ethnographic collection Palčeva šisa and the Museum of Ribnica arranged an exhibition in the old barn in the Trava village. This was done upon the request of Marta Steiner, who decided to name the collection after an old house name Pr’ Mnčknih.

The collection is a legacy of two families: Naglič and Janeš. Naglič were the first owners of the house with adjoining outbuildings, before they migrated to North America in 1910. In 1938 they sold the house to Pavla Janeš (married Mayer), who bought it for her mother Karolina Janeš (born Wolf). After Karolina’s death, the estate was inherited by her daughters, Emma and Pavla. Marta Steiner, Emma's daughter, is the current owner of the house. The exhibition items mostly originate from the end of the 19th century. They mainly belonged to the Naglič family prior their migration to U.S. and represent items of everyday life of farmer families at the time. Agricultural tools for soil treatment, mowing and harvesting fodder, tools for processing firewood and forestry work, care tools and cattle-drawn, dormice traps and devices for making dairy products are particularly well preserved. Various travel chests, home furniture, paraffin lightings, household items, toiletries and decorative objects are also well preserved. Pr' Mnčknih is the first ethnographic collection in the Dragarska valley, located on the outskirts of the former linguistic island of Gottschee. Like most of the territory where Gottscheers used to live, this area was marked by the negative attitude towards cultural heritage, due to its German origin and ideological (anti-religious) reasons after WW2. This resulted in a deliberate demolition of many religious buildings in the area. The collection is thus one of the few remains of the Gottschee history.

Locality Trava, Gorenjska region Slovenia
Time Permanent
History (cyclicality) Opened for public since August 2013
Organizer Marta Steiner
Realisation team Slovene Ethnological Society, Ethnological Collection Palčava šiša / Etnološka zbirka Palčava šiša, Museum of Ribnica, Museum Society Ribnica / Muzejsko društvo Ribnica, Turist Association Loški Potok / Turistično društvo Loški Potok, volunteers
Target group Inhabitants of the village and the region, visitors from Slovenia and abroad.
Traditional culture elements Presentation of objects from the life and work of farm families from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of 20th century.Insight into lives and work of farmer families of the period. The first ethnographic collection located on the outskirts of the former linguistic island of Gottschee.
Ethnographic criterion Rich ethnographic collection has been partially renovated and is now on display. Participation of experts in the renovation and installation of the exhibition.
Environmental criterion Opportunity for (social and cultural) development of the area, and a means to attract tourists.
Cultural-historical criterion Exhibition items mostly originate from the end of the 19th century. They mainly belonged to the Naglič family prior to their migration to the U.S. and represent items from everyday life of farmer families at the time. The collection is one of the few remainders of the Gottscheer history.
Aesthetic criterion The exhibition is arranged in an old barn and is perfectly integrated into the local environment.
Ethical criterion The collection is opened to public free of charge. No conflicts.
Psychological criterion Collection Pr‘ Mnčknih strengthens local identity and pride.

Photos by © Anja Moric


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