Regarding flood warnings for Cedar Rapids, Iowa:

Friday’s update from Gail Naughton, President & CEO

Update, 9:15am 9/24: Thank you to everyone who has come to help. We will be sandbagging again in Czech Village today at 10am. If you’d like to help, we are meeting in front of the NCSML in the circle drive. The NCSML, including its exhibitions, will remain open today, Saturday, September 24, however, the family art workshop scheduled today and the film screening on September 28 have been cancelled. The parking garage is closed for use – please find parking in the surface lots around Czech Village. The museum will be closed on Sunday, September 25, and expects to be closed through September 30. Updates will continue to be posted here at Immortal: Warhol’s Last Works will be closed beginning on Sunday, September 25, and will not reopen. Thank you for your understanding.

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is taking seriously the floods predicted for the Cedar River the week of September 26. The building, artifacts and library collection are in no immediate danger due to flood protection measures put in place when the museum was rebuilt after the flood of 2008. However, we are preparing for the potential of water in the garage level, which was also designed to withstand this type of event.  In addition, the NCSML owns three properties in Czech Village and we are doing all we can to work with the tenants to prepare for water in the basements and first floors of buildings. We are very concerned for our neighbors in Czech Village and New Bohemia and are helping in any way we can. We hope that anyone who is able will assist with flood preparation in affected neighborhoods.  Please continue to check the website where we will post updates on a regular basis.

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Sat 24

CANCELLED – Wonderful Warhol Family Art Workshop: Blotted Line Art

September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cedar Rapids IA United States
Wed 28

CANCELLED – Film: ‘I Served the King of England’

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cedar Rapids IA United States

We strive to provide informative, engaging, and most importantly – FUN events to the Cedar Rapids area. Our events focus mainly on the history of the Czech and Slovak people, with hands on workshops, informative history lessons, and exhibit opening receptions.

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Oral Histories

A Look into the Past

“I went through several shocks. In 1968, it started so well. The beginning of 1968 was the Prague Spring, and I cannot explain it; I cannot compare it to anything else. Maybe the United States after 9/11 when all of the sudden everyone was carrying flags and people were all together and ‘We are in it together.’ That was the feeling I had in spring 1968.”
- Jerry Barta
“We grew up on a very traditional farm, in a very traditional way. Most of the villagers were farmers; however, the village was self-sustained because there was a cluster of villages and every village had someone who did something. There was a dressmaker and a shoemaker and a cabinet maker and a baker, and there was a little church nearby and there was a priest and there was a school in the village, which was the grammar school, [grades] one to five.”
- Jana Pochop
“I remember the big holes from bombings going through the bridge and you could see down to the water. My grandma took me to my house; we already carried American, French, and British flags, and the Germans were shooting from the roofs [of Palackého naměstí] at us so we had to hide in a couple of houses with my grandma until dark…”
- Peter Palecek