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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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It is with the help of our dedicated volunteers that the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library continues to serve the community. We have tasks to engage all ages and abilities levels. Our volunteers reported advancing their communication skills and acquiring job skills.

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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July 2021

Sauerkraut Soup and Czech Rice Pudding

July 28 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This Czech sauerkraut soup is something out of this world — full of flavor, but still light tasting. This soup will deliver a great gourmet experience, as well as a lot of antioxidants and vitamins thanks to the sauerkraut. Perfect for any time of the year, it's refreshing with its lightness on hot summer days and comforting on cold winter evenings. For a delightful dessert, we are also going to prepare Czech rice pudding from scratch. Note: Suitable for vegetarians.…

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August 2021

New Bohemia Walking Tour with Mark Stoffer Hunter

August 5 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Former Czech School Location, 925 2nd Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Join Mark Stoffer Hunter, Cedar Rapids Historian, for a walking tour of the historic New Bohemia neighborhood. Learn about the evolution of this unique Bohemian commercial district from the early 1870s through the present day. Mark will highlight the special stories associated with the architectural landmarks. The tour will begin at the Czech School location in New Bo (925 2nd Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States). Wear comfortable shoes for walking.Cost: $5 for NCSML members, $7 for general admission Registration…

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Herb-crusted Pork Tenderloin with Spinach Sauce and Crushed Potatoes with Bacon and Sautéed Onion

August 7 @ 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Herb-crusted Pork Tenderloin with Spinach Sauce

Pork is very popular in the Czech Republic, and in this class we are going to bring the pork cut the respect that it deserves. Prepared using an herb crust, you’ll learn how to cook it to perfection – juicy and tender. Our pork tenderloin will be served with a creamy spinach sauce which compliments the meal and provides some added health benefits. And to tie the whole meal together, we are going to prepare one of the most popular…

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Creamy Green Beans with Mashed Potatoes and Hard-boiled Eggs served with Cucumber Salad

August 11 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Creamy Green Beans

Vegetarian dishes are a big tradition in Czech cuisine, and in this lesson we are going to prepare one of the most popular vegetarian dishes in the Czech Republic — creamy green beans served with light and airy mashed potatoes and perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs. As a refreshing addition, we are going to also prepare a cucumber salad that will nicely balance the creamy flavor of green beans. Note: Suitable for vegetarians.Our popular virtual cooking classes continue! Cook and eat…

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Dialogues on Food and Sustainability; Part 1: Hearing from Local Leaders

August 19 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The first part of our two-part virtual dialogue series aims to raise conversation about issues related to food, hunger, and the environment by creating an opportunity to listen to people directly involved in these topics. Just in Lynn and Johnson counties, thousands of adults and children struggle with having enough nutritional food to eat. Yet, collaborative projects like those represented on the panel provide important clues about addressing these issues. This talk with feature an hour-long moderated conversation and fifteen…

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Armenian Honey Cake

August 21 @ 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Armenian Honey Cake

Even though this cake originated in Armenia, it has been one of Czechs’ most favorite cakes for more than two decades. Honey cake has six layers, and each is filled with absolutely perfect and easy-to-make sweet pastry cream that is tied together with a lot of ground walnuts. Note: Suitable for vegetarians.Our popular virtual cooking classes continue! Cook and eat an authentic Czech and Slovak dish from the comfort of your home. Join us on Zoom and learn from Czech-born…

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Chicken Breast with Peach, Brie, and Swiss Cheese served with Herbed Potatoes

August 25 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Chicken Breast with Peach, Brie and Swiss Cheese

This meal is a traditional favorite served in restaurants in the Czech Republic, often enjoyed at special occasions. This dish brings together a perfect balance of tender and juicy chicken with peach and nicely melted Swiss and Brie cheese. This meal is one-of-a-kind, absolutely delicious, and sure to become one of your most special Czech meals. Note: Not suitable for vegetarians.Our popular virtual cooking classes continue! Cook and eat an authentic Czech and Slovak dish from the comfort of your…

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September 2021

Coffee and Kolach

September 3 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Brew a pot of coffee, powder your kolaches, and join NCSML each first Friday of the month for Coffee & Kolach! Each month we'll be discussing a different topic via Facebook Live. Join us for our September Coffee and Kolach where we'll be discussing all the exciting festivities NCSML is hosting as part of our NCSML Building Dedication 25th Anniversary Celebration from September 17-19!Cost: Free Facebook Live Program

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“Treasures of Slovakia” Curator Presentation

September 19 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Skala Bartizal Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Golden Pin

Join Branislav Panis, General Director of the Slovak National Museum and curator of “Treasures of Slovakia,” who will speak about the Slovak National Museum as well as the creation of NCSML's newest exhibit.Branislav Panis (Sharing Our Story: Treasures of Slovakia) began working in the Slovak National Museum, as a keeper of the depositary and the curator of the numismatic funds in 1999. In 2005, he became director of the Museum of History in Bratislava Castle and 2016 the Director-General of…

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Guided Tour of “Crowning Glory: A Feast of Slovak & Moravian Headdresses”

September 19 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Join owner of the Baine-Cincebeaux Collection, Helene Cincebeaux, for a guided tour of "Crowning Glory: A Feast of Slovak & Moravian Headdresses." Nearly 100 Slovak and Moravian headdresses will be on display. Hours of labor and generations of meaning, mystique, and creativity are infused in each treasured heirloom.Cost: Free

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