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Thoughts and Musings

Thoughts and Musings

Václav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic, said, “Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step…
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Culture and Connections

Walking along the street in Pilsen, learning about the tile murals that tell the story of the history of Czechoslovakia, I became immediately intrigued with the story of Jan Ámos Komenský. He…
Nicholas Hartmann, Ph.D., Director of Learning and Civic Engagement

Guest Columnist

By Nicholas Hartmann, Ph.D., Director of Learning and Civic Engagement The NCSML’s director of learning and civic engagement guides program developments based on understandings and curiosities he developed early in life. Learn…
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Museum Doings

The NCSML has unveiled a new set of lessons based on the dramatic 20th-century history of Czechoslovakia and its culture of dissent and its aftermath, through the Charter 77 movement, to the…
Memorial Bench

Stories of Generosity

“Yes, I have worked hard,” she said, “but that opportunity wouldn’t be there if all those other people before me weren’t as hard-working and resilient as they were. Honoring their tremendous work…
Theater Seat

Philanthropy and Opportunities

One of the most beautiful aspects of philanthropic decision-making is that it often looks forward and back at the same time. Donors seek to improve the future of their beneficiaries with donations,…
Thoughts and Musings

Thoughts and Musings

As I listened to Kevin McNamara deliver his presentation based on his book Dreams of a Great Small Nation, which is based on the Czechoslovak Legion’s achievements on the Trans-Siberian railway during…
Sheet Music

Culture and Connections

Art removes borders. It breaks down barriers, too. At the NCSML, art plays an important role in our programs, exhibits, and even the store. It also opened the door to a conversation…
Cedar Rapids Wedding Venue

Guest Columnist

From Our Museum Staff
By Sarah van Deest, Director of Event Services Growing up, I never attended weddings. Not a single one until my senior year of college, when my roommate’s brother got married and a…
Guts & Glory

Museum Doings

From Our Museum Staff
A century ago, a nation was born; a half-century ago it was invaded for having the audacity to want freedom for its people; and, just over a quarter-century ago it boldly claimed…
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Art Connects US

Art connects us. Art connects cultures, people, and communities across the globe. The Art Connects US silent auction will support the livelihood of artists across the globe and help the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library continue our work of connecting people to the Czech and Slovak culture.

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