Burdur Community Center (1935-1951)

Ozer S.

CTAD-CUMHURIYET TARIHI ARASTIRMALARI DERGISI, vol.11, no.22, pp.331-362, 2015 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 22
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Page Numbers: pp.331-362


Community centers (Halkevleri), which aimed the adoption of Ataturk's principles and revolutions by the society and which exerted efforts for this purpose, also constitutes one of the idealist examples of the informal education. The total number of community centers which were initially founded in February 19, 1932 in 15 cities including Ankara, within time passage, reached 478 nationwide. Community centers, which conducted its activities under nine branches, that are, "Language-History and Litareture", "Fine Arts", "Theatre", "Sports", "Social Assistance", "Public Classrooms and Courses", "Library and Publication", "Village Politics", "Museum and Exhibition" provided substantial contribution to the socio-cultural development of the society and constituted dynamics of the transformation from the traditional society to the modern society. The Community Center in Burdur province, which is the central topic of this study, was founded in February 22, 1935. Through the 16 year-period until 1951, when it was abolished, Burdur community center conducted many conferences, plays, reading-writing courses, sports activities. Through the excursions to the villages, it aimed to create closer relations with the villagers; and assistance was provided to those who were in need. Burdur Community Center played a significant role in construction of the republican identity of the province and managed to gather many people from various segments of the society. It had published two periodicals named "Ulker" ve "Burdur". Activities between the foundation and the abolishment of the community center, which is the subject matter of the present study, has been investigated as the referred center has not been the topic of any academic study hitherto.