In 1998. a travel writer from Požega Tomislav Wittenberg published his first book PUVARIJA surely he didn’t know that because of his writing, residents from Ruševo will 20 years later approach arranging building of the former municipality in Ruševo.
In searching for the wealthy medieval culture of Slavonija in before-Turks times travel writer Wittenberg was 20 years initiating villages on southern and eastern sides of Slavonian highlands.
From this travels through dusty village roads which were mostly not asphalted until the beginning of 21. century, today we can list pages of Wittenberg’s PUVARIJA reading parts of the picturesque medieval history of this part of eastern Croatia.
That’s why we can rightly say that anybody who starts exploring the history of these parts for sure should get a book PUVARIJA which is a product of many excursions in the village Ruševo and surroundings of the last century.
Like some other parts of Slavonija, Ruševo has people who are every day dedicating part of their time to preserve their cultural heritage.
Women in Ruševo are involved in various traditional artistries of developing Slavonian crafts, and most men in traditional fruit breeding and vineyard jobs.
To not forget these traditional jobs and habits in Ruševo and surroundings association PUT has started activities for the revitalization of old municipalities building in the center of the village, which is becoming Homeland gallery Ruševo.
From the wealthy history of Ruševo’s region, it is important to point out records about Ruševo as noble possession which is mentioned in 1221.
Then is writing about Ruševo as a medieval parish, villa, and lordship. Medieval records are mentioning a location Zalazine placed between today’s villages Ruševo and Sovski dol, as position then medieval lordship.
As medieval lords are mentioned nobles from Voj, their title is sometimes alleged adjective “from Ruševo”, and allegations exist about nobles’ castle.
These small Slavonian medieval nobles were few in Ruševo’s surroundings during medieval times.
From wealthy cultural heritage especially are interested events who can be followed in records from Parishes books, from 1779 when parish in Ruševo was established.
This Ruševo parish encompassed a big territory with 21 villages. The first rector was Martin Kos. In the time of rector Stjepan Kalamari, who took over this parish in 1888. The parish had few village associations and 1600 Catholics.
In 1889. The municipality Ruševo was established and the first municipal chief was Martin Kovačević from Sovski Dol.
Rector Kalamari was encouraging parishioners for planting fruits and vineyards, he was enterprising in processing fruits and production of the vine, that much that respectable fruit expert Stjepan Koydl in 1931, classified him in Požega’s newspaper, next to baron Turković like an exemplary connoisseur of fruit.
For developing this region it is important to mention rector Ivan Kokša who was leading this parish from 1917. until 1931.
With other Ruševo’s rectors listed, today’s rector Milan Klobučar, one of the founders of UDRUGA PUT, he is a committed protector of preservation of locals culture heritage, and he is a valuable instigator of developing economy, fruit growing, and viticulture of this region.
Century-old, wealthy local culture will preserve a memory of numerous generations which lived in Ruševo and surroundings with arranging local homeland gallery.
With the voluntary work of local volunteers, the building of the former municipality is getting arranged so it could become a place to gather the people, who are interested in the history of Slavonian villages and the values of local rural culture.
Homeland gallery is predicted as a contemporary multimedia rural house from which visitors and guests can go for a virtual walk through the last centuries until nowadays, also to start a tour through local villages with some offered bicycle paths and promenades.
To this initiative more and more people are joining, even from other parts of Croatia, and to the homeland gallery, there are announced visits from other countries of the European Union.
It is on us to invite you through the Facebook page Pokrenimo Ruševo, to join local volunteers and to participate in activities in preserving local culture.
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