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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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December 2021

Dance Workshop with Dagmar Spain

December 18, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Dance performance on bridge

Dancer, educator, and choreographer Dagmar Spain will lead a workshop at NCSML on movement as a physical dialogue for expressing democracy. This workshop is appropriate for anyone interested in communication; no prior dance training or experience is necessary. Spain considers and refers to movement as dialogue, quoting theologian Kai Alhanen as her inspiration for this approach: "The kind of learning that occurs in dialogue is a constantly developing understanding of the world’s phenomena, other people, and oneself." (Alhanen, 2019) Through…

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January 2022

Beginner’s Czech Language & Culture I

January 11 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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 Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Each class will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Central Time every Tuesday from January 11 through March 15. During the 15 hours of instruction over 10 weeks, participants will learned to read, write, and speak in Czech.…

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February 2022

Harafica Cimbál Band

February 7 @ 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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NCSML welcomes the world-class cimbál band, Harafica, for the first time to the United States with performances in Chicago, Cedar Rapids, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. This eight-member band was founded in 1999 by a group of young men attending elementary music school in Moravia. More than 20 years later, the group is still playing a repertoire of Czech and Slovak folk and modern songs, including original pieces. Under the guidance of experienced dulcimer player and composer, Petr…

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Láska z Francie (Love from France) Wine Tasting

February 10 @ 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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Sommelier Dr. Stephen Greif returns to NCSML for Láska z Francie, which means Love from France in Czech. Enjoy light appetizers as you experience a tasting of the following wines from France: Champagne from the Champagne region Bourgogne Blanc (White Burgundy) Chardonnay from Burgundy Vouvray (Chenin Blanc) from the Loire Valley Bourgogne Rouge (Red Burgundy) Pinot Noir from Burgundy Beaujolais (Gamay) from the Beaujolais region of Burgundy Left Bank Bordeaux Red Wine Right Bank Bordeaux Red Wine Châteauneuf-du-Pape / Gigondas (Syrah)…

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My Journey Collecting Kroje in the Old Country

February 24 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hemphill Theater, 1400 Inspiration Place SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Three books by Helene Baine Cincebeaux

Helene Baine Cincebeaux will present "My Journey Collecting Kroje in the Old Country" highlighting the past 50 years of her collecting journey. Held in the Hemphill Theater from 10 a.m. - noon CST, a book signing will follow. NCSML has all three of Helene’s books available for signing: “Crowning Glory,” “A Treasury of Slovak Folk Dress,” and “Slovakia! Traditions Old & New.” This program kicks off a weekend-long series of events to celebrate the closing of the exhibit "Crowning Glory:…

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Jozef Ivaska in Concert

February 25 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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NCSML welcomes world-renowned singer, composer, and entertainer Jozef Ivaška on Friday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. CST to celebrate our “Crowning Glory” exhibit on it's closing weekend. Mr. Ivaška hosts a number of TV shows throughout Central and Eastern Europe and has recorded over 20 CDs during his illustrious career. Join us for a fun and lively concert filled with a mix of traditional and pop songs. Preview "Love Song" sung by Jozef Ivaška.Cost: Free for members and $10 for…

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Final “Crowning Glory” Guided Tour with Helene

February 27 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Slovak and Moravian headdresses from the NCSML "Crowning Glory" exhibit

Join Helene Baine Cincebeaux for the closing and final guided tour through NCSML exhibit “Crowning Glory: A Feast of Slovak & Moravian Headdresses” starting at 2 p.m. CST on February 24. Following the tour, visitors will have a chance to try on headdresses Helene is bringing for photo opportunities. Prior to and after the guided tour, Helene will be available to visit, sign books, and help individuals who bring in pieces of kroje (Czech and Slovak folk wear) or heirlooms…

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March 2022

Hubert’s Night Owls

March 5 @ 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 for the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy, Lauren Manninen will be leading a clay sculpture activity as well as a watercolor activity.Cost: Free. For more information regarding our accessibility, please read more on our visit page.Sponsored by: McGrath Family of Dealerships.

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Impacts of Current Events in Ukraine to the Czech and Slovak Republics

March 11 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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 Program

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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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