National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
About The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame
The Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame is dedicated to the preservation and promotion
of polka music, the happiest sound around.
The Cleveland-Style polka has its roots in Slovenian folk music, but the influence
of American musicians has given it universal appeal and popularity. Just as English
and Irish music has evolved into country music, the polka represents the music of
The Polka Hall of Fame and Museum is located in the Shore Cultural Center in Euclid,
Ohio, in close proximity to the Collinwood neighborhood where leading polka musicians
lived such as Frankie Yankovic, Johnny Vadnal, Johnny Pecon and Eddie Habat. The
Museum has free admission and is open four days a week.
The American Slovenian Polka Foundation, which operates the Museum, was founded in
1987. A volunteer board of trustees is elected by the present 1600 members. The trustees
represent all segments of polka music, including musicians, promoters, cultural societies,
disc jockeys, and button accordion players.
During Thanksgiving weekend, the Polka Hall of Fame produces an annual awards show.
Members vote for annual categories such as Recording of the Year, Lifetime Achievement
recipients, and the all-time greates polka hits among others. The honorees receive
a Crystal Award trophy. The Lifetime Achievement award is the highest honor presented
and includes enshrinement in the Polka Hall of Fame.
As a nonprofit organization, the Polka Hall of Fame and Museum relies on fundraising
for its financing.