National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
John Habat comes from a family that always has been involved in Slovenian culture
and music in the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland. His brother Eddie Habat is
in the Polka Hall of Fame, and his father John was president of the Collinwood Slovenian
Home. As a founding trustee of the National Cleveland Polka Hall of Fame, John devoted
many hours and served 12 years on the board, and as the curator for the Polka Museum.
A teacher for 36 years in Euclid schools, John is enshrined in the Euclid Sports
Hall of Fame.
In the community, he has been recognized for his leadership roles as president of
the Federation of Slovenian Homes, the Collinwood Slovenian Home, and the Holmes
Hall Pensioners Club. John was named Slovenian Man of the Year in 1989, by the Cleveland
Federation of Slovenian Homes.