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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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March 2022

Annual Meeting of the Membership

March 15 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
WFLA/ZCBJ Heritage Hall, 1400 Inspiration Place SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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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.

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Pickled Brie Cheese and Utopenec with Czech Lentil Soup

March 17 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Start your meal off right with this combination of two delicious pickled appetizers and one popular soup. The first is Pickled Brie, a tasty appetizer typically served with wine. The second appetizer, Utopenec, is a lightly-sour pickled kielbasa that goes great with any beer. Finally, we’ll be making Czech Lentil Soup, which is a popular Czech and Slovak soup that is served in people’s homes, in cafeterias, and also in fine-dining restaurants. We are going to prepare a fully vegan…

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Beginner’s Czech Language & Culture I

March 24

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.…

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Traditional Czech “Dutch Schnitzel” with Creamy Mashed Potatoes

March 24 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dutch Schnitzel in the Czech & Slovak Cooking Series? Of course! The reason this dish is referred to as “Dutch” for that the gouda cheese originated in Holland, but rest assured that this is a totally Czech and Slovak meal. Dutch Schnitzel, or “Holandský řízek” in Czech, is a combination of delicious pork meat with shredded cheese, herbs, and other ingredients, all of which are breaded and fried for a flavorful meal you will not be able to get enough…

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April 2022

Dill Sauce with Hard-Boiled Eggs and Bread Dumplings

April 2 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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…

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Hubert’s Night Owls

April 2 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Hubert the Hedgehog is not always a fan of noise and distractions, so we’re staying open late today for families and community members with special sensory needs. In addition to a lower-sensory impact environment in our exhibits, an Adaptive Arts Specialist from Eastern Iowa Arts Academy will lead a hands-on activity. We will also offer a kit of activities and crafts for the little ones to take home to enjoy.Cost: Free. For more information regarding our accessibility, please read more…

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Czech innovations out: Czech Republic — the country for the future

April 9 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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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…

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History of Czechs in Iowa and the Midwest

April 19 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Skala Bartizal Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Beginning in the second half of the nineteenth century, thousands dreamed of leaving Bohemia (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) for the U.S., the “country of endless hope.” They were driven by a vision of better living conditions and quick riches, as well as a desire to escape political, religious, and national oppression. Dr. Martin Nekola will detail their story, focusing on the Czechs who settled in Midwest at 6:30 p.m. in the Skala Bartizal Library.Dr. Martin Nekola received his…

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May 2022

Kristýna Kůstková recital with pianist Ahmad Hedar

May 4 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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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.

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Remembering Lidice 80 years Later: In the Context of a 21st Century Reality

May 6 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Hemphill Theater, 1400 Inspiration Place SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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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…

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