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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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June 2020

Lunch & Learn: COVID – 19 and our Maturing Population in the V4 and the US

June 10 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Take a break from your day and hear from experts all over the world on topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for our inaugural virtual Lunch & Learn series focusing on transatlantic issues. The Visegrad Group, also known as the Visegrad Four or simply V4, is the cultural and political alliance of four Central European countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. Medical experts from across the V4 and the United States will be joined by NCSML…

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** SOLD OUT ** Intro to Slovak Language & Culture

June 15 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

** SOLD OUT ** The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library recently partnered with Andrea Siebenmann, a native Slovak speaker, to offer online Slovak language and culture lessons. Class begins on Monday, June 15. Each class will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Central Time every Monday from June 15 through August 3. During the 12 hours of instruction over eight weeks, participants will learn to read and speak in Slovak. This fee includes all course materials. The…

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Lunch & Learn: COVID– 19 and the Medical Response across the Atlantic

June 24 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Take a break from your day and hear from experts all over the world on topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for our inaugural virtual Lunch & Learn series focusing on transatlantic issues. Our second webinar will be a much broader focus on COVID-19, comparing and contrasting responses in the United States, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Our three medical experts will be joined by NCSML Vice President for Development and Marketing to discuss the cause and effects of…

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July 2020

The Harlem Renaissance and Czech Independence: A Poetry Workshop

July 8 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

In this program students will study the relationship between Harlem Renaissance Writer, Langston Hughes, and Czech Poet, Ivan Blatny, through their poetry. As African American writers like Langston Hughes used Czech independence as a model for resistance, Czech writers like Blatny used American writers like Hughes as a model for the freedom of self-expression. Students will read poetry out loud, discuss similarities and differences in style and tone between authors, and begin composing their own poem in the style of…

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History on Tap: The Art of Climate Change

July 8 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

History on Tap has moved online! To celebrate our new Artist’s as Activists exhibition, artist, curator, and educator, Vero Rose Smith, will provide a brief history of environmental art and activism. History on Tap is meant to be a fun, casual approach to learning about history and culture at the NCSML, breweries and wineries. Be sure to grab your favorite food and drinks and join us starting at 6:30 p.m. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information…

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Lunch & Learn: COVID-19 and Its Impact on Higher Education

July 15 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Take a break from your day and hear from experts all over the world on topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for our inaugural virtual Lunch & Learn series focusing on transatlantic issues. The effects of COVID-19 have impacted the entire world in all facets of life. Larkin University President, Professor Rudi H. Ettrich, will talk with professors from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the United States about the impact on higher education.Panelists: · Dalibor Mikuláš, PhDr. Ph.D.…

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Yemi A.D. and Kanye West: A Dance Workshop

July 22 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Nigerian-Czech choreographer Yemi Akinyemi Dele has danced and created all over the world. Though Yemi was successful in Europe, he came to global fame through working with Kanye West for his video “Runaway” in 2010. The relationship between these artists continued as Yemi choreographed for Kanye West’s appearances on SNL and at the VMA’s the same year. Yemi A.D. is now internationally known and his events company, JAD Productions, creates immersive multi-media arts and movement events across the world. This…

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Beer Money Social Distancing Book Signing

July 23 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Join the NCSML and John’s Grocery for our first ever socially distant book signing of the new book, Beer Money: A Tale of the Iowa City Beer Mafia, by S.C. Sherman. Purchase your copy ahead of time and then join us on Thursday evening at Circle Drive in front of the NCSML anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. Author S.C. Sherman will be there to personally sign your copy before you pick it up at an…

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August 2020

Immigrant Foodways: Czech Street food – Fried cheese vs. Schnitzel in Bun

August 5 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The first class of the cooking series will bring you all the way to the streets of the Czech Republic. All attendees will learn about and prepare two delicious hot sandwiches: a fried cheese sandwich and a chicken schnitzel sandwich. Both will be served with homemade tartar sauce. Note: This meal is suitable for vegetarians too – instead of schnitzel, you will prepare another kind of fried cheese.Join us for our second virtual Immigrant Foodways Series: Classic & Modern Czech…

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Movie Double Header – 2 Free Movies – 2 Nonprofits

August 6 @ 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Cedar Rapids Kernels, 950 Rockford Rd SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
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Join National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and The DISTRICT Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street at the Kernels Stadium on August 6 for TWO FREE MOVIES! Gates open at 5:30 p.m. (Masks required for entry and while finding seating. Also required while walking to concessions and restrooms.) Seating will be available in the stadium and on the field. Attendees are able to bring blankets/pillows to lounge on field. (No lawnchairs or metal seating on the field). The first…

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