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History

   

Honoring family stories of history and heritage

By Gail Naughton President and CEO, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library When George (Jiři) Bureš immigrated to the United States in September 1861 with his parents and siblings, they brought few objects with them. But they didn’t leave Bohemia without the family’s Protestant…

Jakub Jan Ryba’s ČESKÁ MŠE VÁNOČNÍ

Jakub Jan Ryba’s ČESKÁ MŠE VÁNOČNÍ (Czech Christmas Mass) has been enjoyed by people around the world for more than 200 years. On Saturday, December 10th, The Prague Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International & The Consulate General of the Czech Republic, in concert with The…

Oh Christmas Tree!

For more than a decade, NCSML staff and volunteers have decorated a tree for Rozek Grand Hall.  Longtime volunteer, Dell Mills has been part of the process since the beginning. After the flood in 2008, Dell personally helped salvage what decorations and ornaments he could,…

Operation Anthropoid

Anthropoid, a film about the story of the assassination of German Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich by the Czechoslovak resistance movement, will be released in the U.S. on August 12. Heydrich, who was known for his organization of Kristallnacht and the Final Solution, was the leader…

Why Museum Advocacy?

In the state of Iowa, June 6-12th has been declared Iowa Museum Week. Museums are an important part of the local, national and international economy. They employ hundreds of thousands of workers from a wide variety of industries, as well as promote tourism and economic development. Museums also…

Heritage veggies in progress!

The Czech and Slovak Heritage Garden on the lawn of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is under way! Museum staff began preparing the garden plot in 2015 by spreading compost and growing a cover crop of organic buckwheat and radish. This spring,…

Participating in Democracy

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library presents a public exchange of ideas on how we shape democracy, inspired by Václav Havel CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – From playwright and critical commentator to leader of the democratic opposition – and eventually a revered statesman, Václav…