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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/

Unexpected Joys of my Genealogical Research

Connie Jean (Pesek) Hulinsky speaks about visiting the Czech Republic and discovering her family.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} by Connie Jean (Pesek) Hulinsky | No. 112, Comstock, NE L-R: Unknown, Frank Ruzicka, and Mary Palan Ruzicka (grandparents of… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/03/unexpected-joys-my-genealogical-research/

An Anecdotal History of Czech Immigrant Herbert Hnilica

Paula Hughart tells about her grandfather's journey to establish a life in America.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} by Paula Hughart | No. 181, Seattle, WA Herbert Hnilica as a young man. In 1921, my grandfather Herbert* Hnilica… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/03/anecdotal-history-czech-immigrant-herbert-hnilica/

Čičmianske Domy: The Houses of Čičmany Village

New exhibition at NCSML features photography from Čičmany Village by Jaroslav Horečný. This article focuses on the houses that inspired the photographs.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Čičmany Village is located in the Zilina Region of northern Slovakia. The area is bordered by mountains. It has a long and rich history in… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/02/cicmianske-domy-houses-cicmany-village/

History of Kosobud No. 106

Kosobud No. 106 (Lankin, ND) was established in 1901. In this article, members share their 116-year history.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} 1913 Kosobud Hall dedication featuring the Conway Concert Band. By John T. Kosobud and his daughter Betty Kosobud… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/01/history-kosobud-no-106/

Nova Cechie No. 247 Celebrates 100 Years

As Nova Cechie No. 247 (Flint, MI) celebrates 100 years, they share their history.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} by Betty Shaw, Secretary/Correspondent of No. 247 Members of the Slavie Chorus: Theresia Molaski, Bessi Valousek, Emma… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/01/nova-cechie-no-247-celebrates-100-years/

Polka Party in Rossville

On September 17, 2016 the community gathered at the Moravan Lodge Hall for a polka dance with music from the J.D. Parr Czechland Polka Band organized by members of Moravan No. 128 (Rossville, KS).
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} “Polka will never die,” said well-known writer Jim Butcher. It's very true, as people enjoy polka music and dancing all over the world. In… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/11/polka-party-rossville/

50th Oklahoma Czech Festival

On October 3, 2015, the 50th OK Czech Festival was held in Yukon, OK.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Submitted by Elaine Benda Members Eden Tlapak-Simmons and Caleb Tlapak-Simmons, with Monica Holmes, newly crowned 2015-16 OK… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/01/50th-oklahoma-czech-festival/

Vizovické Pečivo: Dough Ornaments

The Czech heritage of vizovické pečivo, or dough ornaments, with instructions of how to make your own.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Since the 16th century, Czechs have practiced the art of dough ornaments, called vizovické pečivo in the native language. These… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/11/vizovicke-pecivo-dough-ornaments/

Bannister's Harvest Festival

More than 1,000 people gathered in Bannister, MI for the 40th Annual Harvest Festival. Every year, the members of Michigan No. 225 help make this festival a success and add to its Czech flair.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} More than 1,000 people gathered in Bannister, MI for the 40th Annual Harvest Festival. Every year, the members of Michigan No. 225 help… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/10/bannisters-harvest-festival/

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