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Members of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library receive admission to our exhibits, subscriptions to our biannual journal (Slovo) and our bi-annual newsletter (MOST), enrollment in our Time Travelers Program (including benefits at 100+ museums), and access to members-only events.

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Calendar of Events

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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December 2020

Ornament Personalization with Marj Nejdl

December 5, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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One event on November 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on November 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on November 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on December 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on December 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM

One event on December 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on December 12, 2020 at 10:00 AM

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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In celebration of the holiday season, Master Czech Folk Artist Marj Nejdl will be on hand in the Museum Store to personalize ornaments for you, including the 2020 Limited Edition NCSML Ornament designed by Marj herself (shown at right). Ornament personalization can be commissioned for almost any ornament for a small added price. The last day to have your ornament personalized is Dec. 19. As always, there is no admission cost to visit the Museum Store only. All are welcome!…

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Ornament Personalization with Marj Nejdl

December 6, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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One event on November 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM

One event on November 27, 2020 at 12:00 PM

One event on November 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM

One event on December 5, 2020 at 12:00 PM

One event on December 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM

One event on December 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM

One event on December 12, 2020 at 12:00 PM

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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In celebration of the holiday season, Master Czech Folk Artist Marj Nejdl will be on hand in the Museum Store to personalize ornaments for you, including the 2020 Limited Edition NCSML Ornament designed by Marj herself (shown at right). Ornament personalization can be commissioned for almost any ornament for a small added price. The last day to have your ornament personalized is Dec. 19. As always, there is no admission cost to visit the Museum Store only. All are welcome!…

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Old World Christmas Market 2020

December 6, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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One event on December 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States

We are doing things differently this year so we can all be safe, healthy, and happy together for many holiday celebrations in the future!

• Pick up holiday treats at our first-ever Drive Through Cookie Walk from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. Pre-order will be available online starting November 23 through December 4.

• Shop at our award-winning Museum Store online at store.ncsml.org. Free UPS ground shipping is available for orders placed November 27 through December 24, with local delivery options. The Store is available for in-person shopping whenever the NCSML is open.

• Support our Virtual Vendor Market online through December 24.

• Thanks to UFG Insurance, visitors will enjoy free admission to NCSML galleries December 5 and December 6.

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Immigrant Foodways: Dumplings Filled with Sauerkraut

December 9, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dumplings are a great and popular dish anywhere in the world, and in this course, you will be introduced to dumplings filled with sauerkraut and optionally with bacon. Note: Suitable for vegetarians too – skip the optional baconTom Slepicka graduated from culinary school in his hometown, Brno, located in the Czech Republic. While still in school, he established a successful full-service catering company which operated in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, and Austria. During his years in the catering industry…

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Let the Sun Shine! Live-Stream Telethon

December 10, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Join the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library at noon on December 10 for a Facebook live-stream telethon to help us finish out an eventful year! Our lineup of entertainment includes the following: • An exclusive look at a cooking class led by Chef Tom Slepicka, who has been leading our virtual cooking class series Immigrant Foodways. It will be a feast for your eyes! • Curator Stefanie Kohn will give a behind-the-scenes walk-through of Artists as Activists. This…

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Ornament Personalization with Marj Nejdl

December 12, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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One event on November 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on November 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on November 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on December 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on December 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM

One event on December 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on December 12, 2020 at 10:00 AM

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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In celebration of the holiday season, Master Czech Folk Artist Marj Nejdl will be on hand in the Museum Store to personalize ornaments for you, including the 2020 Limited Edition NCSML Ornament designed by Marj herself (shown at right). Ornament personalization can be commissioned for almost any ornament for a small added price. The last day to have your ornament personalized is Dec. 19. As always, there is no admission cost to visit the Museum Store only. All are welcome!…

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Slovak and Czech Christmas Traditions

December 13, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

In the whirlwind of shopping for presents, decorating our homes, and stocking our pantries, there is a gentle voice calling us to connect with the very essence of Christmas. Long before the dawn of Christianity, before Christmas markets, trees, and lights, there was a time when this season was filled with myths, magic, and rituals. No, it was not erased by the advance of modernity and commercial Christmas. In the heart of Europe, Christmas folklore and customs speak of a…

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Ornament Personalization with Marj Nejdl

December 19, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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One event on November 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on November 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on November 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on December 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on December 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM

One event on December 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM

One event on December 12, 2020 at 10:00 AM

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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In celebration of the holiday season, Master Czech Folk Artist Marj Nejdl will be on hand in the Museum Store to personalize ornaments for you, including the 2020 Limited Edition NCSML Ornament designed by Marj herself (shown at right). Ornament personalization can be commissioned for almost any ornament for a small added price. The last day to have your ornament personalized is Dec. 19. As always, there is no admission cost to visit the Museum Store only. All are welcome!…

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NCSML Closed

December 25, 2020
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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The NCSML is closed for Christmas, December 25.

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January 2021

When Time Stopped Virtual Author Talk and Book Signing

January 19 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Whilst stories of the holocaust continue to appall, remarkable stories of courage and endurance continue to emerge. Journalist Ariana Neumann dives into the secrets of her own father’s past, a story that saw him spending years hiding in plain sight in war torn Berlin; the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust; and his courageous choice to build anew. From an innocuous box of papers her father left for her when he died, Ariana has meticulously uncovered the…

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