The Town Conservation Society of Mosonmagyaróvár

The Town Conservation Society of Mosonmagyaróvár was established on 8th March 1985 by 72 local patriots – among others, architects, environmentalists, librarians, technicians, university professors – with the aim of initiating the protection and enrichment of the built-up and natural environment of the town, and, furthermore, serving the development of Mosonmagyaróvár.

For more than 30 years now, the society has become an important player and factor in the town. Its name is forged in the town's history due to achievements such as the creation of St. Stephen's statue and the Gyásztér (Mourning Square) as well as the restoration of the tombs and monuments of eminent personalities, that of the „three-angle chapel” on the river bank of Lajta as well as the preservation of the Habsburg-crypt. Several memorial plaques (Ferenc Deák, Sándor Czéh, Rudolf Bauer) and statues (Gottlieb Haberland) were created at the initiation of the Society, which decorate the streets, squares and parks of our town. The restoration of the Gieswein statue, the monument of 1848 (liberation war), the Hőnel sepulchral monument and that of the Wittman memorial column are also worth a mention. The Society has also made significant contributions to the rehabilitation of  the Wittman Park, the Rudolf park and the Gabona rakpart (Corn quay); furthermore, initiated both the regular eradication of ambrosia and the protection of the horse chestnut trees. It has organised exhibitions in the memory of Károly Kós, a well-known architect,  Queen Elisabeth (Sissy) and Ferenc Deák. In the honour of the latter, commemorations are held every year on the anniversaries of his birth and his death. In the year 2000, in cooperation with the town's government, the society organised the XIX National Gathering of the Town and Village Conservationists' Association. One of its biggest accomplishments lies in the around 30 publications issued by the society, in which several memories of the town's history are described and preserved, which, otherwise, would have sunk into oblivion. These publications can be accessed on the society's website;

These days the Society has about 160 members so it is not only the oldest, but also the civil organisation with the largest membership. Its activity is now wide-ranging; within this frame, several presentations and excursions, in connection with its aims, are organised. On the Day of the Cultural Heritage (Kulturális Örökség Napja), it draws the attention to the memories of the industrial history and within its means, cultivates them. In cooperation with the Library Huszár Gál, contests about the town's history have been organised for the younger generation for years. Efforts are also made to generate their interest in the society.

Regarding its programs, the society finds it important to keep the members informed, which is done partly through a quarterly publication called “TÁJÉKOZTATÓ” (“Memorandum”) but maily continuously through its  homepage launched 3 years ago.

The society contributes to the embellishment of the town through the cultivation of its monuments among other things such as attending chapels and the graves of  eminent personalities. It participates, in cooperation with the town's government, in the programs of the Virágzó Város és Közösségek  (Flowering City and Communities).

Our biggest venture is the survey and assessment of the monuments of Mosonmagyaróvár  (around 70) which started in 2018. The planned duration is 3–4 years. Various personalities, whose expertise is unquestionable, have offered their help and given their names to the project. Through this prospectus we invite the town's inhabitants into our society and at the same time also express our thanks to those who have been supporting our activities.