TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Local residents celebrated Saturday as a historical marker was unveiled to celebrate the impact Hungarian immigrants have had on the community.

There were many local officials on hand for the proclamation of this marker. It was a to shine light on the impact Hungarian immigrants had around Terre Haute in the early part of the 1900s. It also honored Hungarian Hall as one of the key parts of the 12 points neighborhood.

Laura Loudermilk gave remarks during the event, and she explains why getting this recognition, even decades later, is important.

“It recognizes the Hungarian immigrants and the 44 plus immigrants that made this area their home, worked in the industry, and raised their families here.”

Loudermilk also expressed how much this marker meant to her personally as she is the bloodline of the people that ran some the stores in the Hungarian community.

“This means so much to me because my grandparents built these homes on the corner and ran a meat and grocery store in this area. It means the world to me that the county recognizes what they meant to this area.”

This was the 22nd historical marker placed by the state in Vigo County.