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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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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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October 2021

Chicken Cordon Bleu served with Creamy Mashed Potatoes

October 6 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Czech version of chicken cordon blue is simply irresistible. It consists of delicious, breaded chicken breasts, cheese, ham, and pimento peppers. In this class, we'll cover all the tricks for how to master this delicious meal, not just in deep fryer, but also in the popular air fryer. As a side, you will prepare simple, but equally delicious, mashed potatoes. This class will definitely be a treat! Note: Not suitable for vegetarians.Join us for the first official series of…

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History on Tap: “Daisies” at Film Scene

October 13 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
FilmScene, 118 E College Street
Iowa City, IA, 52240 United States
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Join us for our final History on Tap of 2021 at Film Scene in Iowa City on Wednesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m.! In partnership with Film Scene, Big Grove, and Reunion breweries we’ll be showing the Czechoslovakian era surrealist comedy-drama Daisies (runtime 74 minutes) with a special pre-show beer tasting included with the ticket cost. One of the most anarchic films of all time, Vera Chytilová’s absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world…

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“Haunted Prague” Author Talk with Michele Patrick

October 20 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Michele Patrick, author of "Haunted Prague: Stories of Spirits, Sorcerers, and the Supernatural," offers a presentation that will take you on a journey through one of Europe’s most hauntingly beautiful—and just plain haunted—destinations, the golden city of Prague. In a captivating slide show, she acquaints, or reacquaints, audiences with the beauty of this magical and mysterious place, where a ghost or spirit seems to lurk around every corner. Michele then discusses Prague’s haunted history; why Prague is probably the most…

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“VANG: A Drama about Recent Immigrant Farmers”

October 24 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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A Hmong family who fled Communist bullets and wild tigers through the jungle of Laos to a refugee camp in Thailand. A Sudanese man who was thrown into prison in Ethiopia for helping the Lost Boys and left gasping for air through a crack under the door. A Mexican woman who taught herself English by looking up the profane words that were hurled at her during her first job while working in a meat packing plant. A Dutch boy who…

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November 2021

Christmas Cookies I – Ischel’s Cookies & Linz Tarts

November 3 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Christmas cookies are part of many families’ Christmas traditions. This course offers a great opportunity to extend your current recipe portfolio with two traditional kinds of delicious Czech Christmas cookies. You will learn to prepare Linz tart cookies as well as Ischel’s cookies that have a touch of cinnamon, filled with preserve, and coated with chocolate coating. Note: Suitable for vegetarians.Join us from the comfort of  your home on Zoom and learn from Czech-born Chef Tom Slepicka in these hands-on…

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Hubert’s Night Owls

November 6 @ 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, Outreach Program Coordinator from the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy, Lauren Manninen, will be leading in-person hands-on activities.Cost: Free. For more information regarding our accessibility, please read more on our visit page.Sponsored by: McGrath Auto Fund at Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

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Museum Store Open House

November 13 @ 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Please join us to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with a wine and cheese open house hosted by the Museum Store! • Nonmember in-store discount drawing during open house for up to 20% off full-price merchandise.* • Special Member discount is valid online and in-store Nov. 13 & 14. • First chance to shop our Buy 3, Get the 4th Ornament FREE Sale.* • Ornament personalization by Marj Nejdl between noon – 3 p.m. • Wine and cheese refreshments. •…

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Christmas Cookies III – Christmas Coconut Cookies & Masaryk’s Cookies

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

This class will introduce you to two delicious cookies. The first is a light coconut cookie prepared from whipped egg whites and coconut. The second is a nutty cookie named after the first Czechoslovakian president, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (it is said that this was his favorite kind of cookie). Note: Suitable for vegetarians.Join us from the comfort of  your home on Zoom and learn from Czech-born Chef Tom Slepicka in these hands-on interactive classes. Slepicka graduated from culinary school in…

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Czech Christmas Meal

November 20 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Pea soup is one of the most traditional Christmas meals in the Czech Republic, served as a smaller appetizer portion before main courses. It is unbelievably delicious and easy to prepare. In this class, we'll be preparing pea soup alongside a little bit more modern Czech Christmas meal, Schnitzel with homemade potato salad. Schnitzel originated in Italy and by the mid-19th century got to Vienna, the capital of the Austrian Empire. The Viennese removed the traditional use of Parmesan and…

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Closed for Thanksgiving

November 25

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library will be closed on Thursday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open on Friday, November 26 during our normal business hours.

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Sat 04

Old World Christmas Market 2021

December 4 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cedar Rapids IA
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Sat 04

Free First Saturday for Students

December 4 @ 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Cedar Rapids IA
United States
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