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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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May 2021

Implicit bias: Is there hope for change?

May 6 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tessa Charlesworth

In every era, every year, and every day, what humans think and feel about other groups is undergoing continual transformation in response to protests, changes in laws, elections, and more. Yet one particularly sticky part of our thoughts and feelings about social groups rests in our implicit biases - our attitudes and beliefs that are less conscious, less controllable, and (until recently) thought to be unchangeable. Speaker Tessa Charlesworth will review the newest research showing that, in fact, our implicit biases can and…

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Coffee and Kolach

May 7 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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An event every month that begins at 1:00 PM on day First of the month, repeating until December 3, 2021

Brew a pot of coffee, powder your kolaches, and join the NCSML each first Friday of the month for Coffee & Kolaches with President & CEO, Cecilia Rokusek. Each month we'll be discussing a different topic via Facebook Live.Cost: Free Facebook Live Program

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Czech Soups III: Broccoli and Potato Soup

May 19 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This class is a continuation of the two previous Czech soup classes. This time we are going to learn how to prepare delicious creamy broccoli soup and earthy potato soup with sautéed mushrooms. Note: Suitable for vegetarians. Substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth. Gluten free class.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 Chef Tom Slepicka in these hands-on,…

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Linden tree planting followed by Moravian Glory Opening

May 22 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Czech National Cemetery, 2200 C St SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Join NCSML President and CEO Dr. Cecilia Rokusek, Czech Heritage Foundation President Jim Gruntorad, Slovak Ambassador to the U.S. Radovan Javorcik, Director of the Czech Center in New York Miroslav Konvalina, Deputy Director Jan Zahour, and Czech Honorary Consul from Georgia and NCSML Board of Trustees member, Monika Vintrlikova, at the Czech National Cemetery at 10 a.m. to dedicate the planting of new Linden trees, donated by Trees Forever. Everyone is welcome to attend this tree planting ceremony which will…

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June 2021

The Czech Republic, European Union and the Rise of Populism

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

The current political situation in the Czech Republic–a small country in the very heart of Europe historically considered the crossroads between the West and the East–is the reflection of the latest developments in the entire European Union currently facing a serious crisis caused by Brexit, a refugee crisis, and the rise of populist tendencies. The lecture will address all these issues, with further focus on the Czech Republic and other countries of Central Europe.Dr. Martin Nekola, Ph.D. received his doctorate…

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Coffee and Kolach

June 4 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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An event every month that begins at 1:00 PM on day First of the month, repeating until December 3, 2021

Brew a pot of coffee, powder your kolaches, and join the NCSML each first Friday of the month for Coffee & Kolaches with President & CEO, Cecilia Rokusek. Each month we'll be discussing a different topic via Facebook Live.Cost: Free Facebook Live Program

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Free First Saturday for Students

June 5 @ 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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An event every month that begins at 9:30 AM on day First of the month, repeating until January 1, 2022

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Students of all ages (preschool through college) are invited to visit the NCSML’s exhibits for free on the first Saturday of each month. College students must bring a current school ID card.Cost: Free with student ID.Presented by: UFG Insurance.

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Czechia and the Future of the EU

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

In this talk Petr Fleischmann will be drawing upon current discussions about the future of European integration and about the upcoming conference on the future of Europe, which is currently being prepared. Journalist and university professor, current Chairman of the Editorial Board of the New Presence, Mr. Fleischmann has been the Advisor to the Czech Senate’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Security since 2006 and worked as the Secretary of the committee (1997−2006). In the 1990s, he was Editor…

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Czech Rye Bread

June 19 @ 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

In this class we are going to prepare the delicious Czech version of rye bread. It is full of flavor that is even more delicious thanks to the addition of caraway seeds. This bread is so good that is would be no surprise if it became your favorite. 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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Mramorová Bábovka: Famous Czech Marble Bundt Cake

June 23 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This class will be a lot of fun, cooking with a recipe you will use many times over. We are going to prepare a traditional Czech Marble Bundt cake. It is the perfect marriage of gentle vanilla favor combined with decadent chocolate flavor. 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 Chef Tom Slepicka in these…

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