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Láska (love) is in the air

Since today is Valentine’s Day today, we’re sharing some of the love and fertility symbols you’ll find in the current exhibit Čičmianske Domy: The Houses of Čičmany Village.   The houses of Čičmany Village are decorated with the same motifs that appear on the area’s embroidered folk dress….

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Cedar Rapids Comic Con Affiliate Events at the NCSML this weekend!

Hot Dog Man. Speedo Man. The Amazing Wonder Chicken. Who are these mysterious mercenaries? They’re characters created by kids during past Superheroes of History Day events at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML). This popular (and free!) family workshop is in its…

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Guest artist and curator from Slovakia installing new exhibit this week

Čičmianske Domy: The Houses of Čičmany Village opens Saturday, February 4, with special media preview on Friday, February 3 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (February 1, 2017) –Jaroslav Horečný, photographer, and Milan Mazúr, curator and the director of the Považská Gallery of Art, have traveled from Slovakia…

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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…

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It wouldn’t be Christmas at the NCSML without Master Czech Folk Artist Marj Nejdl

The Christmas season is a very special time at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, but one of the true heroes of the holiday is Master Czech Folk Artist Marj Nejdl. Year round, Marj donates her precious time and extensive talent to hand…

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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,…

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5 festive reasons to bring your family to the NCSML’s Old World Christmas Market

Wondering how to kick off your holiday season? Spend part of your weekend at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library’s 7th Annual Old World Christmas Market on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4! Here are just a few reasons to stop by:…

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The Role of Modern Philanthropy

Philanthropy has been around for centuries. And yet, the causes people have always cared about remain similar driving forces in philanthropy today. Many of the world’s earliest philanthropic efforts were steered by faith- or education-based organizations. In the earliest days of philanthropy, Plato left his family…

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Why ‘Global Voices, Local Actions’ series?

Like civil, political, and individual rights, cultural rights are an important part of society. They allow for individuals to promote and protect their identity, whether ethnic, racial, religious, or community-based. As culture is a way of life shared by a group of people, it is…

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Heritage Garden: the end of a bountiful season

The Czech and Slovak Heritage Garden at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library did very well in its first year. Many visitors were able to learn about and see the varieties growing in the garden, within sight of the Sleger Immigrant Home. The home…

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Flood update

Friday, September 23, 8:00 p.m. From Gail Naughton, President and CEO It’s been a busy day of preparation and hard work. The generator supplied by Paulson Electric is in place and ready. Paulson has also been removing electrical boxes and connections in the garage and…

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How well do you know beer?

Take the quiz to find out! And whether you’re a Beer Snob or a Beer Beginner, we would love to see you at BrewNost! on Friday, October 7. Details below! BrewNost! 2016—the crown jewel of international beer festivals! Be part of this exceptional evening of…

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Heritage Garden update: dried herbs, harvests, and plentiful tomatoes

The Czech and Slovak Heritage Garden at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library has been a great success this year. As the vegetables have ripened, guests to the Sleger Immigrant Home on site at the museum have been able to savor authentic tastes…

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Museums for All

  National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Announces Access Program to increase accessibility of high-quality museum learning resources for low-income families CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (September 10, 2016) —Today the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) announced that it is the first museum in Iowa…

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What does culture mean to you?

On August 6, 2016, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library hosted Family Free Day 2016: An Andy Warhol Birthday Celebration, an event in honor of artist Andy Warhol’s 88th birthday. In addition to free admission, the day included musical performances, a Warhol-inspired fashion show,…

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‘Flying Man II’ Tapestry makes world premiere at the NCSML

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa– Flying Man II is making its world premiere showing at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, on display for a limited time before continuing to travel internationally. The tapestry is woven from an illustration by artist Peter Sís in honor…

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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library hosting 2nd naturalization ceremony of 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) will host its second naturalization ceremony of 2016 on Friday, August 12 at 1:30 pm. The NCSML will welcome 60 new citizens and their families to the museum. President and CEO, Gail…

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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…

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An update on the NCSML’s flourishing heritage garden

This spring, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library planted an organic Czech and Slovak Heritage Garden for the first time. The vegetables come from heritage seeds collected by Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, or are representative of the vegetables that would have…

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NCSML collaborates with advocacy youth group, AMP, to create a community mural

Mural interprets the question “What are the basic rights and freedoms of the world community?” In an effort to make all visitors feel welcome and become further embedded in the community, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library recently collaborated with young adults from…

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Korvas Family Matching Challenge

I’m inspired by the NCSML and want to share with you my excitement about its future! I have supported the NCSML since 1993. I watched with astonishment from Florida when the museum flooded in 2008. I celebrated when museum supporters saved the museum, moved it,…

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Announcing the NCSML’s Little Free Library!

Did you know that summer learning is a key factor in the educational success of children? Reading into Success is a local collaboration between schools, organizations and non-profits, working to ensure that children read proficiently by the end of third grade by leveraging the assets of the…

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A statement from the NCSML on the Orlando attack

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library wishes to express its condolences and support for those affected by the tragic acts of violence that took place in Orlando, Florida on June 12. This depraved act goes against every tenet we hold true as a…

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Introducing our Human Rights Education Specialist, Nicholas Hartmann, PhD

Nicholas Hartmann is the Human Rights Education Specialist at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. Hartmann has a PhD in Folklore from Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada, and was most recently folklorist-in-residence at the Southwest Folklife Alliance in Tucson. He was awarded the Archie…

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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…

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Heritage Food Stories from the NCSML Archives

Many of you enjoyed reading about the Czech and Slovak Heritage garden that is now underway on the NCSML campus! The Czech and Slovak Heritage Garden has many important tales to tell: stories of social history, local food and commerce, and family triumphs. At the…

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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,…

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“To protect your culture.”

The school year is winding down for the year, and here at the NCSML we are really going to miss seeing school groups coming to the museum for their classroom study trips. I have never seen anything like this program the museum does in partnerships with…

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Guest blog post: an Art Collector’s Journey

Currently in the Anderson Gallery now through May 31, Mysterious Line: Works by Borek Bayer, is on loan from George T. Drost, Vice Chair of the NCSML Board of Trustees. Mr. Drost offered to share some of the history behind his foray into art collecting….

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Dedicate a paver in the NCSML Heritage Garden

Imagine the comfort and familiarity of tastes of home when planting your roots in a new country. The new NCSML Heritage Garden, planted summer of 2015, tells the stories of many immigrants from Czech and Slovak regions who traveled to the United States with seeds…

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Where’s Warhol? Pop Art Popping up in the Corridor

Did you know that there are several works by Andy Warhol right here in the Corridor? Currently, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library’s exhibit, Immortal: Warhol’s Last Works, showcases 36 pieces created by the celebrity artist. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Coe…

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“Unofficial Museum Tours” debut at the NCSML

A brand new series of interactive guided tours is coming to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library this spring! While traditional tours are often done in more of a lecture style, the NCSML’s Unofficial Museum Tours include entertaining group participation, games, exciting stories…

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Get a sneak peek of our Warhol exhibit!

Andy Warhol was arguably the most documented artist of the 20th century. He was a Pop Art icon, eccentric celebrity, sugary food lover, high fashion model and Campbell’s Soup fanatic. What may be less known is that Warhol was the son of Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants from…

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Superheroes of History Day coming up May 7 at the NCSML!

Families are invited to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library on Saturday, May 7th at 1:00 for the second annual Superheroes of History Day! Kids will learn how to develop their own fantastic superhero characters for comics with Iowa City comic artist Jonathan…

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‘Immortal: Warhol’s Last Works’ opens May 14, 2016

  April 21, 2016 Immortal: Warhol’s Last Works opens May 14 at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library with an emphasis on family and community programming In just a few weeks, the exhibit Immortal: Warhol’s Last Works will open on May 14 at…

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Celebrating confidence and beauty through burlesque: The Va Va Voom! to perform at ‘Bohemian Boudoir’ opening event

Jazz, cocktails, and burlesque are just a few of the things you’ll find at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library’s Roaring Twenties-inspired opening party for Bohemian Boudoir: Czech Vanity Glass. The exhibit itself celebrates beauty and self-expression while also revealing peculiar (and less-peculiar)…

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Czech That Film, a national film festival, coming to Iowa City April 29 – May 1, 2016

IOWA CITY, IA –Czech That Film, a nationally-touring festival of recent Czech cinema, will return to Iowa for the third year during the weekend of April 29, 2016. The Iowa festival is being organized by the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in partnership…

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Comics and beer workshop returns to the NCSML this Saturday

Get your tickets here! CEDAR RAPIDS, IA –Join us at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library on Saturday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. for an afternoon of creativity, while learning about alternative comics and beer. Comics & Beer: the Good, the Bad, and the…

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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…

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A dream visit to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

March 22, 2016   CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On March 22, 2016, Robert Turecek, from the Garnett Place Retirement Community visited the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML). This visit was part of Garnett Place’s program “Dare to Dream” which focuses on helping their…

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What is St. Joseph’s Day? (And how you can celebrate in the neighborhood!)

Josef, or Joseph, is one of the most common names in the Czech Republic and was, at one point, the most popular. This was particularly true for the village of Josefovice. For this reason, St. Joseph’s Day or the Feast Day of St. Joseph became…

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International Women’s Day: Dr. Alice Garrigue Masaryková

  Today we are remembering strong historical women on International Women’s Day. Dr. Alice Garrigue Masaryková, immediately comes to mind when thinking of courageous historical figures. She was born in 1879 to Tomáš and Charlotte Garrigue Masaryk, the future first president of Czechoslovakia. She attended…

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How to “Bridal-Showcase-It-Up” Like a Pro in 2016

Congratulations–you’re engaged! And you’re in luck, because right around the corner (January 10) is the 2016 installment of the Z102.9 Bridal Showcase. This is a totally FREE event where you can begin to plan your perfect wedding day. Representatives from The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library…

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6 Excellent Reasons to Jingle All the Way Over to Old World Christmas Market

We can’t even count the number of holiday-themed festivals and events vying for your attention during the first week in December. So, instead, we’ll make a handy shortlist of reasons why you should drop by the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library’s 6th annual…

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Giving Tuesday: When you give, you #ShareTheMuseum

  Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday. We’ve given thanks and gotten deals. Now what? At the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML), we are participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Following the Thanksgiving weekend celebrations and shopping…

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Let’s Chat About Andy Warhol

September 3, 2015 Post by Emily Weber, Database & Membership Manager In August, Cedar Rapids coffee shop Brewhemia opened an Andy Warhol inspired art show, created by local young artist, Maya Gonlubol. I had the pleasure of meeting Maya at Brewhemia, a New Bohemia Arts…

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BrewNost! Presenting Sponsor Spotlight: Scott Zach, Northwestern Mutual

BrewNost! relies on sponsorships from local businesses to help throw one of the largest fundraising events in Cedar Rapids. For the second consecutive year, Scott Zach and Northwestern Mutual are partnering with the NCSML as the BrewNost! Presenting Sponsor to bring you a night full of…

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3 traditions to make your wedding extraordinary…

Photographing the first time the bride and groom see each other the day of their wedding has become popular and is appropriately called, “The First Look.” Couples here at NCSML have their first looks under the chandelier, in a quiet corner of our library or…

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8 must-see stops on our Google virtual tour

The NCSML recently completed an online “See Inside” tour for Google Maps. The tour allows anyone on a computer, tablet, or smartphone to take a virtual stroll through the museum’s store, rental space, permanent exhibit, library, and more! The entire tour, beginning with the front…

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3 reasons to take your kids to Root Beer Fest

The NCSML’s “Year of Beer” (celebrating our original exhibit, Beer, Please!) is in full swing. Beer is an important part of Czech heritage, and there are loads of stories to tell about the fizzy beverage. But one of the questions we received when creating the…

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Meet Czech Republic

Meet the Czech Republic Česká republika The Czech Republic is a country in Central Europe. The people who live there speak Czech. It borders Slovakia (whose people speak Slovak), Poland (whose people speak Polish), Germany (whose people speak German), and Austria (whose people speak German)….

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Meet Slovakia

Slovakia, also called the Slovak Republic, is a country in the heart of Europe. The people who live there speak Slovak. It borders the Czech Republic (whose people speak Czech), Poland (whose people speak Polish), Ukrainian Republic (whose people speak Ukrainian), Hungary (whose people speak…

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Dough Art

Czech Dough Art or Pastry Figures Decorate tables or mantelpieces Hang on the wall Add to a wreath or centerpiece   Ingredients 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup salt (iodized or plain) 1 ½ cups water NOTE: Dough may not be eaten.   Preparing the…

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NCSML establishes Council of Higher Education Endowment

On January 1, 2013 the NCSML assumed control of the governance and administration of the Council of Higher Education (CHE). Located in Chicago, the CHE is a 110 year-old not-for-profit organization the purpose of which is to promote Czech, Slovak, and Ruthenian heritage and culture…

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We’re on Instagram!

Join us on Instagram! Images Gone With Time explores ways of life and customs that have been, for the most part, left in the past. Help us build an Instagram gallery starring you and the things you love. Share pictures of people, places, and traditions…

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