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Culture and Connections

“August will be 75 years since the Slovak Uprising.”

When NCMSL member John Palka shared that a few months ago, I had no idea of the learning journey I was about to undertake. As with most lessons in history, my research re-affirmed the human quest for freedom, independence and dignity, and the sacrifices made to preserve them. John’s familiarity with the history and its importance is a family matter. His family roots run deep in the history of Slovakia.

The conversations that I’ve had and some of the other organizers of the Czech & Slovak Cultural Council of Minnesota’s event, The Slovak National Uprising:  What happened 75 years ago, and why it matters remind me that all of us are connected to, and are affected by, history. There is great power and potential in the sharing of stories; all stories are part of history. Great events and changes comprise many small incidents, decisions and actions by people famous and anonymous.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said “History no longer shall be a dull book. It shall walk incarnate in every just and wise man. You shall not tell me by language and titles a catalogue of the volumes you have read. You shall make me feel what periods you have lived.” Attending events, sharing stories with others, capturing family histories and developing your memoirs are a few ways that each person can feel the history they’ve lived, and share those feelings with others.

Learn more here about the Czech & Slovak Cultural Council of Minnesota’s event, The Slovak National Uprising:  What happened 75 years ago, and why it matters.  Learn more here about NCSML’s full calendar of events.

I would love to hear your favorite historical story. Contact me at 832-877-8821 or at DMcInnis@NSCML.org.

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