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Here you will find news updates about the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. If you are a member of the media and would like more information, please contact Forrest Meyer, Director of Marketing and Communications.

The Art of Accessories, opening Nov. 4, includes pins from Madeleine Albright

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Art of Accessories, an original exhibition featuring beaded bags, decorated shoes, fanciful hats and gorgeous jewelry, will open Nov. 4 in the Petrik Gallery at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) and continue through Feb. 11, 2018….

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Denny Naughton and Puppets

Cedar Rapids public debut of ventriloquist act Denny Naughton and Friends to benefit the NCSML

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Denny Naughton and Friends Show, a longstanding and award-winning ventriloquist act, will make its Cedar Rapids public debut at CSPS/Legion Arts on Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will help fund educational programs at the National Czech…

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Author Ivan Backer to discuss origins of his activism in his escape from Nazi Europe

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Author, award-winning humanitarian and former Episcopal priest Ivan Backer will recount autobiographical stories and read passages from his book My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy’s Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism on Sept. 27 at the National Czech & Slovak…

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PechaKucha Night Cedar Rapids, Vol. 2, at the NCSML Wednesday, Sept. 20

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The second occurrence in Cedar Rapids of PechaKucha Night — an international phenomenon that features fun, informal gatherings where people share their ideas, thoughts and works in a highly formal presentation format – will take place Wednesday, Sept. 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m.,…

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BrewNost at the NCSML slated for Sept. 15

  BrewNost at the NCSML slated for Sept. 15 International beer festival brings together the best brews and food Nicho Lowry will be celebrity auctioneer for the festival’s live auction   CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The 14th edition of BrewNost, the annual international beer festival…

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August 19: CatVideoFest and Summer Family Free Day

CatVideoFest and Summer Family Free Day Aug. 19 at the NCSML CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Saturday, Aug. 19, will be a big day for families and cat lovers at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. First, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., families…

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Put your pet in the spotlight at the NCSML!

We need your pet in our museum! Well, not your actual pet, but a great photo of your pet. And not just any kind of photo, but a pop art photo of your pet, similar to the ones pictured here. We are inviting people to…

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President and CEO Gail Naughton to retire

NCSML President and CEO Gail Naughton to retire in June 2018 after 16 years of service CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Gail Naughton, president and CEO of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library since 2002, has announced her intention to retire in June 2018. …

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NCSML welcomes 75 new United States citizens at naturalization ceremony this Friday

The NCSML continues to host ceremonies annually, a tradition started in 2016     CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (February 6, 2017) –The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) will host its annual naturalization ceremony on Friday, February 10 at 1:30pm in WFLA/ZCBJ Heritage Hall. The…

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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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Statement on the death of Captain Eugene Cernan

The NCSML remembers National Advisory Council member and last man to leave footprints on the moon CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (January 17, 2017) – The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library fondly remembers Captain Eugene Cernan who died yesterday at age 82. The distinguished naval…

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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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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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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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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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‘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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NCSML Awarded Prestigious Grants

1) Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awards $1.2 million in arts grants for quality of life and cultural vitality in 40 Iowa communities. The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is pleased to announce that it has received a Cultural Leadership Partners grant from the Iowa…

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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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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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‘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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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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Bohemian Boudoir: Czech Vanity Glass opens April 23, 2016 in the Smith Gallery

March 18, 2016 CEDAR RAPIDS, IA –Bohemian Boudoir: Czech Vanity Glass, will open April 23, 2016 at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library with a party to rival one of the roaring twenties. The exhibit, located in the Smith Gallery, will remain open…

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