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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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March 2021

Rohlik: Czech Rolls

March 20 @ 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Our popular virtual cooking classes are back! Czech rolls are a very original pastry, only available in the Czech and Slovak Republics, but everyone who tries them usually loves them. The reason for this is simple: the dough has a nice buttery flavor and the center is very soft. The goal of this class is to master this pastry so you can make this a staple of your cuisine for years to come.  Note: Suitable for vegetarians. This class is 3.5…

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Beginner’s Czech Language & Culture I

March 25 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Beginner’s Czech Language & Culture I

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library continues to partner with Anna Cooková, an instructor with CzechTalk, to offer online Czech language and culture lessons. Beginner’s Czech Language & Culture I begins on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Each class will be held from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Central Time every Thursday from March 25 through May 27. During the 15 hours of instruction over 10 weeks, participants will learned to read, write, and speak in Czech. The class size…

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Traditional Czech Appetizer: Russian egg, creamy horseradish ham rolls, caviar egg

March 31 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This class will bring you three classical and timeless Czech and Slovak cold appetizers that will be very different from anything you have tried before. The Russian egg is the savory version of a decadent sundae. The creamy horseradish ham rolls are delicate miniature roulades with a light kick of horseradish. And lastly, the caviar egg is a perfect orchestra of flavors in a beautiful package. Note: Suitable for vegetarians. Recipes with alternatives with cheese will be provided.Our popular virtual…

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April 2021

Free First Saturday for Students

April 3 @ 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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What is the State of Democracy in Central Europe?

April 14 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Dominika Hajdu

Central Europe, a region that finally gained its long-awaited freedom in 1989, has been considered a successful democratization story to showcase to aspirational states. As the wave of another crisis of liberal democracy hit the transatlantic space in 2010s, however, the young democracies at the heart of Europe turned out to be especially fragile. What is the current state of democracy in Central European countries? Are their struggles different to those in the West? Dominika Hajdu is a Research Fellow…

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Potato Dumplings with Smoked Meat

April 17 @ 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Earthy but velvety potato dumplings filled with smoked meat and onion, drizzled with melted butter, and topped with sautéed onion. This traditional Czech meal will bring you unexpected flavors, uniqueness, and originality. Note: Suitable for vegetarians too – the vegetarian version uses a sauerkraut filling that will be provided as well.Our popular virtual cooking classes are back! 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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Valašsky Frgal: large kolach

April 21 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Most of Czech food lovers have heard about kolaches. In this class, you will be introduced to a version that is not so commonly known in the U.S., but it is incredibly delicious and popular in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Valassky frgal has a shape like a pizza, but the dough is clearly a special kolach dough. The topping is usually at least 50% of all kolach, so if you like a lot of toppings, this will be your…

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Member Master Class: Czechoslovakia, 1960s-1980s: Grand Narratives and Everyday Life

April 22 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

A Virtual Lecture Series with Professor David Chroust, PhD.Professor David Chroust, PhD presents “Czechoslovakia, 1960s-1980s: Grand Narratives and Everyday Life.” In the 1960s, Czechoslovakia was a place where magic happened. More than other countries then outside the West, Czechoslovakia had a place in our books and university courses about the global 60s. The goal became “Socialism with a human face,” but then Communists backed by Soviet tanks set out to “normalize” Czechoslovakia. Aragon called Czechoslovakia after 1970 a “Biafra of…

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May 2021

Free First Saturday for Students

May 1 @ 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

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
+ Google Map

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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Pletýnka Bun (Houska)

May 1 @ 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

This braided bread from the Czech Republic is very tasty and fun to prepare. In some cases, it can be also called “houska.” This braided bread is known for its light buttery flavor. To make it even more special, sprinkle it with sea salt, caraway, or oven poppy seeds right before baking. Note: Suitable for vegetarians. This class is 3.5 hours long.Our popular virtual cooking classes are back! Cook and eat an authentic Czech and Slovak dish from the comfort…

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