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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/

Spring has Sprung: Traditions and Customs in the Czech Republic

Many of the Czech and Slovak traditions and customs originated in pagan times and later intertwined with Christian religious beliefs. Springtime pagan rituals usually involved some way of manipulating nature to make sure a bountiful harvest occurred. Of c…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Excerpts taken from a lecture at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library by Director of Education Janet Stoffer Many of the Czech… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/02/spring-has-sprung-traditions-and-customs-czech-republic/

Czech-Slovak Christmas Traditions

Many members of Western have a strong Czech and/or Slovak background, and celebrate their heritage in a variety of ways today. In this blog, I discuss the origins of Czech-Slovak Christmas traditions.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} By Cindy Motsinger, Communications Coordinator Many members of Western have a strong Czech and/or Slovak background, and celebrate their… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2015/12/czech-slovak-christmas-traditions/

A Family Connection Discovered

#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;}   By Helen Abramson Photos of the castle paintings by Frank Joseph Fryzek.… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2015/11/family-connection-discovered/

An American Abroad in the Czech Republic: Differences in Travel

Our blog contributor, Maggie, explains the differences between traveling in America and the Czech Republic.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} I recently took a cruise trip to the Caribbean with a couple of my closest girlfriends. While laying by a pool reading a book, with very… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2015/05/american-abroad-czech-republic-differences-travel/

Historical Archive: Convention of 1937

With the National Convention only 3 months away, read about a historic Convention that took place in 1937.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} With the 38th National Convention coming up in three months, it seems prudent to write about a convention that led to big changes at… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2015/04/historical-archive-convention-1937/

Culture Clash: Socializing in the Czech Republic

Another in a series by a former ex-pat, Maggie Slepickova Grove who recounts her experiences in the differences between socializing in the Czech Republic versus America.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} On February 8th, my husband and I have officially lived in the United States for nine months. In that time, a lot has happened for both of… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2015/02/culture-clash-socializing-czech-republic/

Life Abroad: An American's Experience in the Czech Republic

This blog starts a series of posts from Maggie Slepickova Grove. Maggie has spent years in the Czech Republic and will be recounting her experiences in this blog!
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;}   By Maggie Slepickova Grove      For most of my life I’ve been connected to the Czech Republic. Although I was born and raised in… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2014/07/life-abroad-americans-experience-czech-republic/

Houby Days

Read about this Czech inspired Cedar Rapids tradition in this weeks blog!
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} The Houby Days Festival is an annual event held in the Historic Czech Village in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Houby (pronounced hoe-bee) is the… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2014/05/houby-days/

The Arts were Alive: Dance, Drama, and Drills

Western's rich cultural history in the arts is explored in this historical blog.
The Arts were Alive: Dance, Drama, and Drills The performing arts began a long tradition within many lodges as a way to preserve the Czech and Slovak culture for our members.… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2014/04/arts-were-alive-dance-drama-and-drills/

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