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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/

Czech and Kolache Festival

The Northeastern Wisconsin Czech and Kolache Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the area. The festival takes place every year on the first full weekend of August at Heritage Agricultural Farm and Pavilion, five miles South of Kewaunee.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Czech Choraliers on Threshing Floor. The Northeastern Wisconsin Czech and Kolache Festival is the largest festival of… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/10/czech-and-kolache-festival/

New Mural at NCSML

In an effort to make all visitors feel welcome and become further embedded in the community, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) recently collaborated with young adults from Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP) to create a public art mural i…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} by Laura Formanek, Director of Marketing at NCSML The finished mural in the museum's parking garage. Photo courtesy of NCSML.… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/08/new-mural-ncsml/

Minnesotans Greet Czech Republic Prime Minister

Czech Republic Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka took on a week-long trip to the United States and made a stop in Minneapolis, MN on April 2. During his visit, he met with more than 200 people at the CSPS Sokol Hall in St. Paul.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Four generations of the Krikava family gather to celebrate Czech culture in Minnesota. Alton Krikava takes… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/06/minnesotans-greet-czech-republic-prime-minister/

Western View Celebrates 100 Years

Western View No. 246, Alton, KS, celebrates its 100th year anniversary this year. Member Emery Poore submitted this history of the lodge to commemorate this milestone.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Western View No. 246, Alton, KS, celebrates its 100th year anniversary this year. Member Emery Poore submitted this history of the lodge to… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/06/western-view-celebrates-100-years/

Jaternice Dinner

The spicy, meaty smell of Czech sausage, known as Jaternice, filled the air of Tulelake Home Ec. Building at the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds for the 56th Annual Jaternice Dinner over President’s Day weekend.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Over 200 guests enjoy the jaternice dinner. Youth members help make the strudel. Making the jaternice.… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/04/jaternice-dinner/

Masopust Dance

The members of Jan Zizka No. 67 in Yukon, OK have carried on elements of this tradition for over ten years in their community with a dance.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Children enjoy the balloon drop. Masopust is a long-time tradition of the Czech Republic. It means carnival, and is… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/04/masopust-dance/

Bohemian Boudoir

A new exhibition, entitled Bohemian Boudoir: Czech Vanity Glass, at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library will feature items donated by Western member Rosemary "Rosie" Bodien. Visitors will be able to see these items from April 23 to July 17 in the…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Rosie Bodien This article is dedicated in the warm memory of Rosemary "Rosie" Bodien. She was a 50-year member and… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/04/bohemian-boudoir/

Magical Czech Holiday Bakery

Christmas is a magical time of year, and it's made even more magical in the small Village of Ashley, located near Bannister, MI.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Members working the Czech and Slovak bakery in the Village of Ashley. Christmas is a magical time of year, and it's made… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/03/magical-czech-holiday-bakery/

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