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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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February 2021

Pandemic Perspectives: Essential Workers: Prestige versus Pay

February 16 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The National Museum of American History has launched an engaging series of virtual talks through March 2021 that combine questions raised by the current pandemics and historic objects in the national collections. Curators and historians will virtually share objects, using them as a springboard for a lively discussion that explores how the past can help us better understand the present. Audience members will have the opportunity to pose questions and help guide the conversations. The format will be a moderated dialogue among the…

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Czech Soups: Kulajda and Leek Soup

February 17 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Our popular virtual cooking classes are back! In this class, we are going to focus on two very original and traditional Czech Soups that will definitely become your favorite! The first is Kulajda, a creamy and lightly sweet and sour mushroom soup with potatoes and dill served with a hardboiled egg. The second soup is an equally delicious leek soup. Any soup lover or anyone who wants to get warm with a delicious soup in the winter months will get…

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Intro to Slovak Language & Culture

February 22 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Intro to Slovak Language & Culture (Slovenčina pre začiatočníkov)This online group course has been designed for true beginners with no experience with the Slovak Language. Acquire basic vocabulary and basic conversational Slovak with a native speaker and instructor Andrea Siebenmann. Class begins on Monday, February 22. Each class will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) every Monday from February 22 through April 12.Cost: NCSML Members: $180 / Non-Members: $200 Registration is required. The class size…

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Karbenátky: Czech “Burger” served with Mashed Potatoes

February 24 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Our popular virtual cooking classes are back! Burgers are extremely popular in the USA and this class will be about a traditional Czech burger called “karbenátek.” No, Czechs didn’t copy the American idea, but instead invented their own delicious and very flavorful version of a burger patty. Karbenátky usually consists of delicious beef and pork, and a bunch of other ingredients and seasoning. Instead of serving in a bun, this burger variation is served with supper creamy mashed potatoes! Note:…

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March 2021

Vepro-Knedlo-Zelo: Pork, Dumplings, and Sauerkraut

March 6 @ 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Our popular virtual cooking classes are back! This is a very popular Czech meal that consists of pork roast, dumplings, and sauerkraut. In this class, we will prepare all aspects of this meal totally from scratch, including side dumplings. Come enjoy authentic flavors and learn how to prepare all aspects of this delicious meal. Note: Suitable for vegetarians too – just skip the pork part. This class 3.5 hours long.Cook and eat an authentic Czech and Slovak dish from the comfort…

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Bublanina: Famous Czech-Baked Dessert

March 13 @ 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Our popular virtual cooking classes are back! This famous Czech dessert is simple to prepare and is irresistible. It is a perfect combination of a sweet pastry cake (sometimes called “bubble cake”) and fruit. You can use any fruit you like or have available. This recipe will be a lot of fun and it will certainly make your weekend sweeter. Note: Suitable for vegetarians.Cook and eat an authentic Czech and Slovak dish from the comfort of your home. Join us…

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Franci’s War Virtual Author Talk

March 18 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Franci’s War: A Woman’s Story of Survival is an engrossing memoir of a spirited and glamorous young fashion designer who survived World War ll. In the summer of 1942, twenty-two year-old Franci Rabinek–designated a Jew by the Nazi racial laws–arrived at Terezin, a concentration camp and ghetto forty miles north of her home in Prague. It would be the beginning of her three-year journey from Terezin to the Czech family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau, to the slave labor camps in Hamburg,…

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Rohlik: Czech Rolls

March 20 @ 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Our popular virtual cooking classes are back! Czech rolls are a very original pastry, only available in the Czech and Slovak Republics, but everyone who tries them usually loves them. The reason for this is simple: the dough has a nice buttery flavor and the center is very soft. The goal of this class is to master this pastry so you can make this a staple of your cuisine for years to come.  Note: Suitable for vegetarians. This class is 3.5…

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Beginner’s Czech Language & Culture I

March 25 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Beginner’s Czech Language & Culture I

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library continues to partner with Anna Cooková, an instructor with CzechTalk, to offer online Czech language and culture lessons. Beginner’s Czech Language & Culture I begins on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Each class will be held from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Central Time every Thursday from March 25 through May 27. During the 15 hours of instruction over 10 weeks, participants will learned to read, write, and speak in Czech. The class size…

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Traditional Czech Appetizer: Russian egg, creamy horseradish ham rolls, caviar egg

March 31 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This class will bring you three classical and timeless Czech and Slovak cold appetizers that will be very different from anything you have tried before. The Russian egg is the savory version of a decadent sundae. The creamy horseradish ham rolls are delicate miniature roulades with a light kick of horseradish. And lastly, the caviar egg is a perfect orchestra of flavors in a beautiful package. Note: Suitable for vegetarians. Recipes with alternatives with cheese will be provided.Our popular virtual…

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