For The Museum
The national institution the “Museum of the Albanian alphabet” – Bitola, has been established with the decision of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia no. 19-6007/1 since the 24 of November 2009. N. I “Museum of the Albanian alphabet” – Bitola, has been established for the protection, research, collection, cataloguing, professional and scientific processing and studying of museum items, significant for the
unification of the Albanian alphabet. On the 30.10.2010 the N. I “Museum of the Albanian alphabet” – Bitola, has been registered in the
Central Registry of the Republic of Macedonia with Resolution no. 3042010000-4637. N. I “Museum of the Albanian alphabet” – Bitola, has
a basement exhibition space of 38.07 m2, an area of 110 m2 on the ground floor, offices for the Director and other employees, with additional rooms on the first floor covering an area of 177 m2. The total area at the disposal of N. I “Museum of the Albanian alphabet”
– Bitola is 379 m2.
The initiative for the summoning of the Congress of Bitola, with the purpose of creating a single alphabet for the Albanian language, was taken by the Albanian club “Bashkimi” from Bitola, a club which had the lead role among the Albanian clubs at the time. On the 27 of August 1908, on a previously brought decision from the 21 of August, the leadership of the club “Bashkimi” from Bitola, announced its call, informing all clubs and societies, in and outside of Albania, of the suggestion for the organization of a Congress for
the alphabet on the 14 of November 1908, on which: “We summon all Albanians, be it Toska or Gega, as well as any foreigners, especially philologists interested in this particular issue, to attend this great Congress”.
As a result of the great preparatory and organizational work conducted by the club “Bashkimi” and other clubs and societies from Bitola, the 14 of November
1908 marked the beginning of the Congress for the unification of the alphabet for the Albanian language. This Congress was located at the headquarters of the club “Bashkimi” and lasted until the 22 of November 1908. 32 delegates, with the right to vote participated in this Congress.
These delegates were representatives of the 26 cities and other Albanian societies in and out of their homeland. The presidency of the Congress was composed by: Mitat Frasheri (Lumo Skendi) – the President of the
Congress; Luigj Gurakuqi and Gjergj Qiriazi – vice-presidents;
Hill Mosi, Toma Avrami, Nuzhet bey Vrioni – secretaries. On the meeting on the 16 of November, the third day of the Congress, which was reserved only for its delegates, a commission was formed, consisting of 11 members, representatives of the alphabet from Istanbul, of the societies “Bashkimi” and “Agimi”, publicists and other well-known intellectuals.
At Gjergj Fishta was chosen as the president of the Commission for the alphabet, while the full membership consisted of: Luigj Gurakuqi, Sotir Peci, Mitat bey Frasheri, Shahin bey Kolonja, Dimitr Buda, Dom Ndre
Mjeda, Gjergj K. Qiriazi, Bayram Fehmi Topuli, Nuzhet Vrioni and Gligor M. Cilka. The final decision of the Congress of Bitola for the alphabet was announced on the open meeting held in the morning on the 20 of November (the Congress’ seventh day). The Commission had reached a decision for the creation of the Albanian alphabet, which was
later signed by all delegates present at the Congress of Bitola.
The permanent exhibition of the N.I “Museum of the Albanian alphabet” – Bitola, consists of 51 photographs, made with the latest technology, these photographs represent the individuals who greatly contributed
for the development of the Albanian alphabet through the ages, and photographs of the actual people that participated in the Congress of Bitola (14 – 22 November) held in Bitola, as well as 58 other documents
The N.I “Museum of the Albanian alphabet” – Bitola, has shelves stacked with significant documents which also bear witness for the development of the alphabet through the ages. N. I “Museum of the Albanian alphabet”
– Bitola, in its premises has the authentic copy of the document which bears the solution that declared the Albanian alphabet, signed by all participants of the
Congress of Bitola.