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.
Without our members, sponsors, and other supporters, we would not be where we are today. We have made it our mission to ensure that the culture, people, and histories are celebrated, embraced, and shared — your support helps us accomplish that mission.
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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This class will be all about the delicious dill sauce that is served with hard-boiled eggs and fluffy bread dumplings (as always, all parts are made in the class). This dill sauce originated in the Czech Republic and is known for its unique combination of dill, creaminess, and sweet and sour taste that makes it both original and irresistible at the same time. Suitable for vegetarians.Hop onto Zoom from the comfort of your home and learn from Czech-born Chef Tom…Find out more »
Join NCSML for a panel discussion at 1 p.m. CST via Facebook Live regarding the current events in Ukraine and their impacts on the Czech and Slovak Republics.Cost: Free, Facebook Live ProgramFind out more »
Please join us for the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Annual Meeting of the Membership. We will present our 2021 annual report including updates from President and CEO Cecilia Rokusek, a financial report of 2021, and election of new members of the NCSML Board of Trustees. Following the annual meeting, attendees are invited to join the Czech Heritage Foundation potluck and annual meeting.Location: WFLA, NCSML Parking is available in the NCSML parking garage.Find out more »
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library continues to partner with Anna Cooková, an instructor with CzechTalk, to offer online Czech language and culture lessons. The next Beginner’s Czech Language & Culture I starts on Thursday, March 24, 2022. Each class will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Central Time every Thursday from March 24 through May 26. During the 15 hours of instruction over 10 weeks, participants will learned to read, write, and speak in Czech.…Find out more »
Czech soprano Kristýna Kůstková and Czech pianist Ahmad Hedar will perform a recital consisting of the most beautiful songs and arias by Antonín Dvořák, Jaroslav Křička, Leoš Janáček, Manuel de Falla, Gaetano Donizetti, Léo Delibes, and other world recognized composers.Find out more »
Czechia has committed itself to become an innovation leader by 2030 — almost one hundred years after Czech writer Karel Čapek first coined the word ‘robot‘ without knowing how important the process of ‘robotization‘ would eventually turn out to be. How does the Czech government intend to become an innovation leader? Many inventions and discoveries of Czech origin have served the whole world, however, what are some of the key technological domains research institutions and Czech companies currently offer? And…Find out more »
The village of Lidice was destroyed in 1942 in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, a mastermind of Nazi genocide. Hitler chose Lidice as an example of what would happen if anyone chose to resist. All 192 men were murdered, all women sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp, all but 9 of 91 children were gassed. German soldiers blew up all the buildings and altered the flow of a river so that the landscape would never look the same. Lidice…Find out more »
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library continues to partner with Anna Cooková, an instructor with CzechTalk, to offer online Czech language and culture lessons. The next Beginner’s Czech Language & Culture I starts on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Each class will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Central Time every Wednesday from May 25 through July 27. During the 15 hours of instruction over 10 weeks, participants will learn to read, write, and speak in Czech. The…Find out more »
Pianist Dr. Katelyn Bouska will perform a moving recital consisting of work from "Fragments from a Woman's Diary" by Ruth Schönthal and other deeply personal works by Czech, Ukrainian, Polish, and American women composers.Find out more »
Internationally renowned Czech guitarist, Vladislav Bláha, along with Tanja Drobysh, return to NCSML to perform an entertaining evening of classical, Latin-American, jazz, and folk pieces on guitar, mandolin, and domra. Program: Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata g-moll Niccolo Paganini: Centone di Sonate N. 1 Manuel de Falla (arr. Vladislav Bláha): Millers dance / Pantomima / La vida breve Claude Debussy: Golliwogg´s Cake Walk Leo Brouwer: Motivos de son IV Jaroslav Ježek: Bugatti Step Štěpán Rak: Hora - Romanian Dance Astor Piazolla: Café…Find out more »