Erdem Çanak

Keywords: Adana, Atatürk, Press, People’s Houses, Akgünler

Abstract

The People's Houses, which had been operating between the years 1932- 1951, have fought for growing of individuals adopted Republican values and are an important socio-cultural institution marked the recent history of Turkey. Some of these houses had been opened firstly on February 19, 1932 in important centers such as Samsun, Afyon, Ankara, Aydin, Bolu, Bursa, Canakkale, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Eskisehir, Istanbul, Izmir, Konya and Malatya. One of these cultural institutions whose number were reached to 478 until the year 1951 in which they had closed, is Adana People's House which is opened in February 24, 1933. These institutions, opened at all around the Anatolia, consist of nine branches operating in different areas of Anatolia. According to regulations of 1932, the CHF Peoples Houses branches are "Language, History, Literature Branch", "Honour Branch", "Performing Branch", "Sports Branch", "Social Welfare Branch", "People's Courses and courses Branch", "Book Palace and Publication Branch", "Villagism Branch" and "Museum and Exhibition Branch". The branch "Library and Publications", have been established for the purpose of library service and publications. That related branch in Adana Poeple's House was published various books and also periodicals named "Akgünler", "Görüşler" and "Çukurova". "Çukurova" and "Görüşler" have been published in magazine format and "Akgünler" has been published in the newspaper format. In this study it is examined that "Akgünler" newspaper is an exceptional example of newspapers publishing of People's House. Moreover, the mistake about the type of publishing cited as magazine in many investigations will be corrected.