NFCACF Overview of Croatian History Course in Zagreb, Croatia

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation (NFCACF) is very pleased to announce the one-day, in-person course Overview of Croatian History on Monday, July 1, 2024 from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, the day after the Croatian Fraternal Union’s Tamburice kroz generacije weekend. 

The course will be held in the Jure Petričević Theater in the Matica Hrvatska building, conveniently located adjacent to the beautiful Josipa Jurja Strossmayera Park,at Ulica Matice Hrvatske 2 in Zagreb. 

As Croatia continues to support its democracy and build its economy, many Croatians in diaspora are showing more interest in finding ways to connect and support those efforts.  This informative course is designed specifically for everyone who wishes to learn more about the people and events that finally led to Croatia’s cherished independence.  It is open to all, including students studying abroad, tourists, business persons, diplomatic staffs, etc., and is appropriate for those aged 16 and older. 

The course is free of charge and will include complimentary coffee service at 9:30 AM and boxed lunch at Noon.  It will be presented in the English language by Dr. Tomislav Galović and several other professors from the University of Zagreb.  Reservations are required by June 27, 2024, and seats are limited.  For more information about the course in Zagreb and/or to reserve your place, please e-mail

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Overview of Croatian History

July 1, 2024   9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Matica Hrvatska – Jure Petričević Theater

Ulica Matice Hrvatske 2     Zagreb, Croatia


9:30 AM – 9:55 AM         COFFEE SERVICE – Theater Lobby

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM     WELCOME

Steve Rukavina – President, NFCACF

Miro Gavran – President, Matica Hrvatska

Judi Zivic – Coordinator

John Kraljić – Moderator


10:10 AM – 10:30 AM     Croatia as an Independent Medieval State – Dr. Tomislav Galović

10:35 AM – 10:55 AM     Venice and Dubrovnik – Dr. Zrinka Pešorda Vardić

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM     The Turks and Austrians Take Over – Dr. Kornelija Jurin Starčević               

11:25 AM – 12:00 PM     The Croatian National Awakening – Filip Šimetin Šegvić

12:00 PM – 12:25 PM      LUNCH SERVICE – Theater Lobby or Josipa Jurja Strossmayera Park


12:30 PM – 1:35 PM        Croatia Until 1939 – Dr. Hrvoje Čapo

1:40 PM – 2:00 PM          World War II and its Aftermath – Dr. Hrvoje Mandić

2:05 PM – 2:25 PM          Croatian Spring – Dr. Wollfy Krašić

2:30 PM – 2:50 PM          Homeland War – Dr. Hrvoje Mandić

2:55 PM – 3:00 PM          CLOSING

Steve, John, and Judi