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NCSML Celebrates 25 Years as a National Museum and Library

It was 25 years ago that three presidents -- Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic, Michael Kovac of the Slovak Republic, and Bill Clinton of the United States -- came to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the dedication of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library …
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} by Meredith Hines-Dochterman | Director of Marketing & Communications, NCSML It was 25 years ago that three presidents -- Vaclav… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2020/04/ncsml-celebrates-25-years-national-museum-and-library/

Modern Royals: Western Members Share Czech-Slovak Heritage Pride in Roles of Queen, Princess, and Little Sister

Across the United States, pageants are held for young people to celebrate and promote their Czech-Slovak heritage. Western is proud to have No. 389 YELL! members Kelsey Zoubek, Monica Zoubek, Jordyn Stearns, and Sage Zoubek holding titles in regional comp…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Across the United States, pageants are held for young people to celebrate and promote their Czech-Slovak heritage. Western is proud to have… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2020/03/modern-royals-western-members-share-czech-slovak-heritage-pride-roles-queen-princess-and-little-sister/

T. G. Masaryk Czech School Brings Czech Culture to the Chicago Area

The T. G. Masaryk Czech School in Cicero, IL has been a fixture in the Chicago area for 99 years. It is also an internationally recognized school, with a strong relationship to the Czech Republic.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} The T. G. Masaryk Czech School in Cicero, IL has been a fixture in the Chicago area for 99 years. It is also an internationally recognized… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2020/02/t-g-masaryk-czech-school-brings-czech-culture-chicago-area/

Cedar Rapids Czech School is 150 Years Strong and Thriving

The Czech School in Cedar Rapids, IA just celebrated 150 years in 2019. It has the honor of being one of the longest, continuously-operating ethnic language schools in the United States.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Children sing at the 2019 Czech School program and ice cream social. Photo courtesy Journalist Cindy Hadish. The Czech… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2020/02/cedar-rapids-czech-school-150-years-strong-and-thriving/

Czech Fests 2019

In the United States, it is common to find local celebrations of Czech and Slovak heritage. Festivals provide a unique opportunity to wear traditional folk attire, dance to music, learn about traditional arts and crafts, eat great food, and mingle with ot…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} In the United States, it is common to find local celebrations of Czech and Slovak heritage. Festivals provide a unique opportunity to wear… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2019/12/czech-fests-2019/

A Look Back at National Conventions

Western Fraternal Life has had many milestones over the years. As we look ahead to the National Convention in July, we also look back on the remarkable milestones of past Conventions.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Delegates to the 1902 National Convention in Wilber, NE. Western Fraternal Life has its origins in the immigration of… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2019/03/look-back-national-conventions/

Czech Artist Joža Uprka

Joža Uprka was an impressionist artist who helped define Czech identity and is featured in an exhibition at the NCSML.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;}   The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, IA is featuring the exhibition, National Treasure: The Art of Joža Uprka… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2019/01/czech-artist-joza-uprka/

Czech Fests

In the United States, it is common to find local celebrations of Czech and Slovak heritage. Festivals provide a unique opportunity to wear traditional folk attire, dance to music, learn about traditional arts and crafts, eat great food, and mingle with ot…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} In the United States, it is common to find local celebrations of Czech and Slovak heritage. Festivals provide a unique opportunity to wear… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2018/12/czech-fests/

Centennial Anniversary of Czech Independence

In 2018, we celebrate the centennial anniversary of Czech independence. This article reviews the historical path that led to independence.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} This year, we celebrate the centennial anniversary of Czech independence. On October 18, 1918, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk declared independence… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2018/08/centennial-anniversary-czech-independence/

100 Years of Czech Independence Celebrated in the United States

Guts & Glory: The War Train that Shaped a Nation at the NCSML and other Czech Centennial Events.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Across the United States, events have been taking place to recognize the 100th anniversary of Czech independence. “This is truly a very… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2018/08/100-years-czech-independence-celebrated-united-states/

Celebrating Heritage with Kroje

Enthusiasm for kroje is strong in the United States as people continue to celebrate their Czech and Slovak heritage. We asked our members to share their stories about their kroj.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Enthusiasm for kroje is strong in the United States as people continue to celebrate their Czech and Slovak heritage. We asked our members to… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2018/03/celebrating-heritage-kroje/

All About Kroje

This article discusses Czech and Slovak kroje, from inspiration, influences, and cultural significance.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Every year, locations all across the United States host festivals to celebrate Czech and Slovak heritage. It is common to see people… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2018/03/all-about-kroje/

A History of Meadowlands National Hall

The Meadowlands National Hall in Meadowlands, MN, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It stands as an example of the many historical lodges built across the United States by Czech and Slovak immigrants, and is still in use today by No. 361 mem…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} The Meadowlands National Hall in Meadowlands, MN, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It stands as an example of the many… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2018/02/history-meadowlands-national-hall/

Lodge Hall Memories

The lodge hall is one of the places you can find in blossoming communities across the United States. These buildings serve as gathering areas for groups of people who share common bonds. For Western Fraternal Life, the original lodges were largely founded…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} The lodge hall is one of the places you can find in blossoming communities across the United States. These buildings serve as gathering… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2018/02/lodge-hall-memories/

Musical Heritage Alive and Well in Milligan, NE

The Milligan Czech Brass Band is formed by members from a variety of Western lodges in the area: Milligan, Wilber, Dorchester, Saline Center, and Comstock.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} The Milligan Czech Brass Band is formed by members from a variety of Western lodges in the area: Milligan, Wilber, Dorchester, Saline… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2018/01/musical-heritage-alive-and-well-milligan-ne/

A Chat With Mollie B

Mollie B, well-known polka music performer, gave an exclusive interview for the Fraternal Herald to share her thoughts on her career and music.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Mollie B, well-known polka music performer, gave an exclusive interview for the Fraternal Herald to share her thoughts on her career and… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2018/01/chat-mollie-b/

Old Time Music for Good Causes

No. 127's (Owatonna, MN) members have performed in the Dan Stursa Band for over forty years.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} (L to R) Linda Malecha, Verlin Nelson, Dan Stursa, and Debbie Burnham. Dan Stursa Band performing.   No. 127's… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2018/01/old-time-music-good-causes/

Clarkson Czech Festival

Clarkson, NE hosts a festival with participation from No. 28.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} by Stanton Hrouda | Vice President, No. 28, Clarkson, NE The 55th Annual Clarkson Czech Festival was… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/12/clarkson-czech-festival/

Oklahoma Czech and Slovak Festival

The Oklahoma Czech and Slovak Festival is held the first Saturday of October every year in Yukon, OK.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Dancing at the Oklahoma Czech and Slovak Festival. The Oklahoma Czech and Slovak Festival is held the first Saturday of… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/blog/2017/10/oklahoma-czech-and-slovak-festival/

Celebrating Czech Independence Day

October 28 recalls a declaration of independence 99 years ago, as well as national events in 1939 and 1989.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} October 28th is Independence Day in Czech Republic and is more formally known as Independent Czechoslovak State Day. Even though Czech… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/10/celebrating-czech-independence-day/

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