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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/

Kewaunee, WI Hosts Kolache Festival

The largest Czech/Kolache Festival in Northeastern Wisconsin was held at the Agricultural Heritage Farm, Kewaunee, WI, on August 5 and 6.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} by Judy Kraynik | Correspondent, No. 391, Luxemburg, WI The largest Czech/Kolache Festival in Northeastern Wisconsin was held at the… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/10/kewaunee-wi-hosted-kolache-festival/

Lincoln Czech Festival

The first Sunday of May marked the annual Lincoln Czech Festival at the PLA-Mor Ball Room in Lincoln, NE.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Over 300 people attended the cultural celebration in Lincoln, NE. The first Sunday of May marked the annual Lincoln Czech Festival at the… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/10/lincoln-czech-fest/

Wilber, NE Hosts Czech Festival

For 56 years, the Annual National Czech Festival has been held in Wilber, NE, the first weekend of August.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} by Katie Zoubek | Correspondent, No. 389, Western, NE For 56 years, the Annual National Czech Festival has been held in Wilber, NE, the… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/10/wilber-czech-festival/

Dozinky Harvest Festival

Approximately 1,000 visitors come from all over to enjoy the food, music, and dance at the annual Dozinky in Bannister, MI on August 6.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} By Joanne Fornusek | Member, No. 225, Bannister, MI The Lower Michigan lodges began the tradition of jointly celebrating Dozinky (Harvest… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/10/dozinky-harvest-festival/

75th Anniversary of Lidice Remembered in Phillips, WI

Phillips, WI remembers the events of Lidice and holds a festival.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} June 10, 2017, marks the 75th anniversary since Nazis decimated the inhabitants of Lidice, and annihilated their village in what was then… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/06/75th-anniversary-lidice-remembered-phillips-wi/

Jaké je Tvé Příjmení? What is Your Family Name?

Czech last names are effected by a variety of influences and can even change according to a person’s gender. It may be interesting to learn some of this information if you want to try to trace your lineage and learn about your ancestors. The origin of a n…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} In the beginning, individuals were known by just one name. Our history books tell us about Galileo and Michelangelo, and in the Bible,… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/06/jake-je-tve-prijmeni-what-your-family-name/

Eating Prague: An Exclusive Interview with Taste of Prague

The tour guides of Taste of Prague, Jan Valenta and Zuzi Dankova, say it best with their advice, “Arrive hungry! You look skinny, and should eat more.” They agreed to spill some delicious details for the foodies of Western Fraternal Life.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Foodie is slang for a person very interested in food, especially in eating or cooking. Whether making it a personal passion or occasional… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/04/eating-prague-exclusive-interview-taste-prague/

Finding my Family

Joan Smatt-Peterson shares an account of finding information about her ancestry.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} by Joan Smatt-Peterson | No. 188, Minot, ND As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in California, I enjoyed… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/03/finding-my-family/

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