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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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November 2020

NCSML Member & Volunteer Shopping Event

November 16, 2020 @ 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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One event on November 14, 2020 at 9:30 AM

One event on November 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM

One event on November 16, 2020 at 9:30 AM

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Please join us for an exclusive Member & Volunteer Shopping Event hosted by the Museum Store! • 25% off full-price merchandise* • First chance to shop our Buy 3, Get the 4th FREE Ornament Sale* • Czech garnet trunk show featuring jewelry and crystal • Ornament personalization by Marj Nejdl on Nov. 14 from 10 – 3 & Nov. 15 from 12 – 3 • FREE box of homemade holiday cookies while supplies last!Not a member? Join today to receive…

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UNBREAKABLE Author Talk and Book Signing

November 17, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

NCSML Members can now sign up to join the virtual Author Talk for free. Richard Askwith – author of the award-winning book, UNBREAKABLE – tells the story of Lata Brandisová, who caused a scandal in 1927 by insisting on a woman’s right to ride in the Grand Pardubice steeplechase – and went on to humiliate the finest warrior-horsemen of the Third Reich in the same race a decade later, on the eve of the Second World War. Lata Brandisová’s achievements…

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Immigrant Foodways: Czech Christmas Cookies II: Mini Walnut Rolls and Mini Nest with Almonds

November 18, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This holiday season, learn how to make a traditional Czech meal and lots of desserts from Czech-born Chef Tom Slepicka. Join us for our first Czech and Slovak Christmas Cooking and Baking Series, and enjoy a premier cooking class from the comfort of your home. As a continuation of the Czech Christmas Cookies I class, this class will also introduce you to two other kinds of traditional Czech Christmas Cookies. You will learn to prepare mini walnut rolls coated in…

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“Determined to Rise:” Women’s Historical Activism for Equal Rights

November 19, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Who is deemed “fit” to vote and what makes an ideal voter? Who was enfranchised by the ratification of the 19th Amendment and who was left out? Questions of citizenship rights, immigration, domestic migration, and the “qualities” deemed acceptable of an “ideal voter” during the 19th century both informed and transformed the national debate around woman suffrage. Join the NWHM in collaboration with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library on November 19 for this important discussion. The “Determined…

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Immigrant Foodways: Czech Honey BBQ Ribs

November 21, 2020 @ 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Czech Honey BBQ Ribs

Ribs are a popular BBQ delicatessen all year long. This ribs recipe is super tasty and easy to make. Since it will be cold outside, we are going to prepare this meal in the oven, but you will also be provided with tips for how to prepare this meal on the grill. Note: Not suitable for vegetariansTom Slepicka graduated from culinary school in his hometown, Brno, located in the Czech Republic. While still in school, he established a successful full-service…

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Immigrant Foodways: Czech Christmas Cookies III: Maybeetle Cookie

November 23, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This holiday season, learn how to make a traditional Czech meal and lots of desserts from Czech-born Chef Tom Slepicka. Join us for our first Czech and Slovak Christmas Cooking and Baking Series, and enjoy a premier cooking class from the comfort of your home. In this final cookie class, we will focus on the Maybeetle. This outstanding cookie includes a delicate meringue top and a rich chocolate-rum cream. You can attend this course without having attended its’ predecessor. Note:…

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Ornament Personalization with Marj Nejdl

November 27, 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

November 28, 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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December 2020

Immigrant Foodways: Czech Soups

December 2, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Czech-soups

Czechs love their soups, and in this class, we are going to prepare a couple classic recipes: Garlic Soup and Czech Tomato Soup. Did you know that Czechs eat their soup more often as an appetizer instead of a main course? Note: Suitable for vegetarians too – use vegetable broth.Tom 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…

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Old World Christmas Market 2020

December 5, 2020 @ 9:30 AM - 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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