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    The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Calendar of Events Note: All events are at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, unless otherwise noted.
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      The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

      Calendar of Events

      Note: All events are at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, unless otherwise noted. Times are subject to change. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 12-4 p.m. The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 30 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Call (319) 362-8500 for information.

      Ongoing events

      Permanent exhibit: Homelands: The Story of the Czech & Slovak People. This exhibit tells the story of the Czech and Slovak people from the days of Slavic tribes wandering into Central Europe, through the Velvet Divorce in 1993. Homelands features art, a 1935 Czech-made motorcycle, and folk costumes.

      Special exhibit: Prague Between History and Dreams. The exhibition features 63 works depicting scenes in Prague and the Czech Republic. Since 1998, Barbara Froula has created more than 100 paintings depicting Prague and the Czech Republic. The watercolors in this exhibit were painted on location during the course of eight trips to the Czech Republic, and were published in the book Prague – Between History and Dreams. Froula’s paintings reflect her background in architecture, her love of the urban landscape, and her reverence for her Czech heritage. The exhibition closes July 16, 2006.

      Coming events

      MARCH 2006

      Mar. 2, 2006: A Community Learns presents "In-Laws, Out-Laws, and Other Relatives". Learn how to research your family history and write your family’s story. You’ll get tips on how to get started, what and where the resources are, how to protect your documents, and how to get started with genealogical research in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Presented by Charlene Hansen. This program series is for museum docents and members of the public who wish to learn more about the museum and volunteering here. Register for the series by calling Patricia at (319) 362-8500. 6:30 p.m. WFLA Heritage Hall. Free.

      Mar. 4, 2006: Czech School Chili Supper and Bake Sale. Support a 135 year old institution, and get a yummy meal to boot. For more information call Barb Edmunds at (319) 396-6851 or Milly Ortner at (319) 362-1687. 5:00 –7:00 p.m. St. Wenceslaus Gymnasium Building. $4.00 per person.

      Mar. 5, 2006: Prague Between History and Dreams opens. Watercolors by Barbara Froula. Laska Gallery.

      Mar. 5, 2006: Life Long Learning. Artist Barbara Froula discusses the current exhibition, Prague Between History and Dreams. Gallery tour and refreshments follow the presentation. 2:00 p.m. WFLA Heritage Hall. Free.

      Mar. 11, 2006: Homelands: The Story of the Czech and Slovak Peoples Gallery Tour. Take a tour of the permanent exhibition with museum educator Jan Stoffer. Meet in Grand Hall. Free to members or with paid admission to the gallery. 2:00 p.m.

      Mar. 13, 2006: Káva a Knihy (Coffee & Books). "Love and Garbage" by Ivan Klima. 7:00 p.m. First Avenue Espresso, 2706 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids. Free.

      Mar. 16, 2006: Learn at Lunch. "The Murder of Lidice" by Phile Rhoade. Following the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Hitler ordered the complete annihilation of Lidice, a small town south of Prague. Rhoade has researched the event by making numerous trips to the Czech Republic and speaking with the daughters of Lidice survivors. Noon. WFLA Heritage Hall. Free. Sponsored by United Fire Group.

      Mar. 16, 2006: A Community Learns presents "Sokol: The Flight of the Falcon." Learn about the fascinating history of a large, international organization that began in the Czech lands. We’ll even take a look at how our local Sokol got started and continues to proudly operate today. This program series is for museum docents and members of the public who wish to learn more about the museum and volunteering here. Register for the series by calling Patricia at (319) 362-8500. 6:30 p.m. WFLA Heritage Hall. Free.

      Mar. 23, 2006: Homelands: The Story of the Czech and Slovak Peoples Gallery Tour. Take a tour of the permanent exhibition with museum educator Jan Stoffer. Meet in Grand Hall. Free to members or with paid admission to the gallery. 2:00 p.m.

      Mar. 25, 2006: St. Joseph’s Day and Babi & Deda Day. A full slate of activities for all ages! Come on down and celebrate with us! For more information, call (319) 362-8500. Sponsored by United Fire Group.

      Special one-day admission specials

      are as follows: Museum members are free. Receive $1.00 off admission if your name is Joe, Josephine, Jody, or any derivation thereof OR if you are wearing red. Grandchildren are admitted free with paying grandparent or museum member.

      Grandparents, bring your grandchildren to the museum for a day full of activities

      . Grandchildren are admitted free with a grandparent’s museum membership or paying grandparent.

      Learn about Czech and Slovak springtime and holiday traditions. Interested in knowing more about your family's history? Get started with a simple worksheet, some questions, and tips. Make and take activities in the Museum’s Grand Hall are free.

      Egg Decorating Classes

      . Master folk artist Marj Nejdl will teach students the traditional, wax-resist style of egg decorating. Class size limited to 15, for ages 8 and up. Note: an adult must accompany 8- through 11-year-olds. Please enroll by Mar. 17 for the 9:00 – 12:00 class. WFLA Heritage Hall. $20.00, materials included.

      Guided Tour of 16th Avenue SW

      at 9:30 a.m. Reservations are encouraged. To save your spot for the tour, call (319) 362-8500. Tour fee is $5.00 for adults, free for grandchildren accompanied by their grandparent.

      Egg Decorating Classes

      . Master folk artist Marj Nejdl will teach students the traditional, wax-resist style of egg decorating. Class size limited to 15, for ages 8 and up. Note: an adult must accompany 8- through 11-year-olds. Please enroll by Mar. 17 for the 1:00 – 4:00 class. WFLA Heritage Hall. $20.00, materials included.

                          St. Joseph’s Day is a Czech Village Association celebration. Parade at 2:00 p.m.

      Guided Tour of 16th Avenue SW

      at 3:00 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. To save your spot for the tour, call (319) 362-8500. Tour fee is $5.00 for adults, free for grandchildren accompanied by their grandparent.

      Mar. 26, 2006: Reception and Dinner. CNCA Fellow Dr. Slavomir Michalek will be introduced and will discuss his research on a very important Czechoslovak-American organization, the Czechoslovak National Council of America (CNCA). Reservations required. Klas Restaurant, Cicero, IL. 1:00 p.m. For more information, call (319) 362-8500 or visit the museum's web site, www.NCSML.org.

      Mar. 30, 2006: Learn at Lunch. CNCA Fellow Dr. Slavomir Michalek presents his research on a very important Czech-American organization, the Czechoslovak National Council of America. Bring your sack lunch and learn how this group was influenced the lives of Czechs in the United States and abroad. Noon. WFLA Heritage Hall. Free.

      Mar. 30, 2006: A Community Learns presents "Comfort Zones: The Museum Visitor and You." Over 30,000 people visit the NCSML every year. Some of them have special needs, ranging from issues concerning behavior to those with physical limitations. We’ll receive tips and explanations on how to make everyone feel comfortable in our public space. Presented by Erica Zito, Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, and Jonni Kolosick, Human Resources and Advocacy Manager from The Arc of East Central Iowa. This program series is for museum docents and members of the public who wish to learn more about the museum and volunteering here. Register for the series by calling Patricia at (319) 362-8500. 6:30 p.m. WFLA Heritage Hall. Free.

      For updated program information, please check out our web page at www.NCSML.org or contact Jan Stoffer at (319) 362-8500 or JAN@....

      APRIL 2006

      Apr. 1, 2006: The Museum Store presents Cooking in Babi’s Kitchen. Ever wonder how Grandma made those delightful Czech and Slovak comfort foods? Here’s your chance to find out. Expert Czech and Slovak cooks prepare and demonstrate the steps (and tricks) behind some of your favorite ethnic foods in the museum’s WFLA Heritage Hall. Joyce Langlas walks us through the steps of making and decorating a traditional lamb cake just in time for Easter. The Museum Store will have drawings. Test your chances at winning some fabulous Czech-made wares, must be present to win. In store specials offered all day. And, don’t miss your chance to meet with representatives from Kavalier Company, a Czech glass company. Demonstrations from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Museum Store and Heritage Hall. Free. Sponsored by United Fire Group.

      Apr. 2, 2006: Reception. CNCA Fellow Dr. Slavomir Michalek will be introduced and will discuss his research on the Czechoslovak-American organization, the Czechoslovak National Council of America (CNCA). Washington D.C. Reservations required. For more information, call (319) 362-8500.

      Apr. 6, 2006: A Community Learns presents "Museology 101 – Second Semester." Just how does Shirley find those wonderful items for the Museum Store? And, why do we want to be an "accredited" museum? Learn the answers to these and other questions as store manager Shirley Rosencrans and NCSML president Gail Naughton let us peek behind the museum operations curtain. This program series is for museum docents and members of the public who wish to learn more about the museum and volunteering here. Register for the series by calling Patricia at (319) 362-8500. 6:30 p.m. WFLA Heritage Hall. Free.

      Apr. 7, 2006: Embellished Textiles – Absolutely Art! Opening Reception. Celebrate the opening of this exquisite, original exhibition from the collection of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. Wine and cheese, ethnic music, embroidery and lace demonstrations. By invitation. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Exhibition closes October 1, 2006.

      Apr. 8 – Oct. 1, 2006: Embellished Textiles – Absolutely Art! An outstanding art exhibition that celebrates life! Embroidering and embellishing everyday textiles used in the homes and creating elaborate ceremonial textiles have long been women’s arts in the Czech and Slovak lands. This stunning original exhibition explores a rich heritage passed generation to generation featuring over 100 examples of lushly adorned linens, ritual clothes, and clothing. Highlight include a dazzling gold and silver beaded christening cloth, a magnificent appliqued sheepskin jacket, exquisitely beaded and embroidered wedding caps, shawls, and bed linens, and some of the finest examples of bobbin, knitted, and crochet lace. PetrikGallery. Free to members or with paid admission to the gallery

      Apr. 8, 2006: Lifting the Lid on the Dowry Chest. Women's life passages (wedding, birth, christening) are revealed through the textiles in her dowry chest. Powerpoint presentation and talk by curator and guided tour through the exhibit. Traditional Czech pastries, coffee, tea. Space is limited. To reserve your seat at the table or for more information, call (319) 362-8500. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. WFLA Heritage Hall. Fee $25.00, $12.00, and $10.00. Reservations required. To reserve your seat or for more information, call Tara at (319) 362-8500.

      Apr. 8, 2006: By Hook, Needle, or Bobbin (Embroidery or Lace Demonstration). Cindy Monroe, NCSML Guild member, leads a make-and-take rag rug making activity. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Hruska Grand Hall. Free with paid admission to the gallery.

      Apr. 10, 2006: Káva a Knihy (Coffee & Books). “Apocryphal Tales” by Karel Čapek. 7:00 p.m. First Avenue Espresso, 2706 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids. Free.

      Apr. 15, 2006: By Hook, Needle, or Bobbin (Embroidery or Lace Demonstration) by the Doris Southard Lace Guild. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Hruska Grand Hall. Free for museum members or with paid admission to the gallery.

      Apr. 20, 2006: Learn at Lunch presents Out of the Box. Current director of development and former curator Carmen Langel presents "Over the Top: Baby Bonnets, Wedding Caps, and Headscarves." The special show-and-tell series features more spectacular, favorite textiles from the NCSML collection. Enjoy your lunch, and see more spectacular items Out of the Box. Noon. WFLA Heritage Hall. Free. Sponsored by United Fire Group.

      Apr. 22, 2006: By Hook, Needle, or Bobbin (Embroidery or Lace Demonstration). Cindy Monroe, NCSML Guild member, leads a make-and-take rag rug making activity. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Hruska Grand Hall. Free for museum members or with paid admission to the gallery.

      Apr. 22, 2006: Embellished Textiles: Absolutely Art! Gallery Tour. Take a tour of the latest special exhibition with collections manager Stefanie Kohn. 2:00 p.m. Meet in Grand Hall. Free for museum members or with paid admission to the gallery.

      Apr. 23, 2006: Life Long Learning. "History, Memory, and Identity: Reflections on Nationalism and Alfons Mucha" by Patrick Waldo, Grinnell College. 2:00 p.m. Heritage Hall. Free.

      Apr. 24, 2006: Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Auction. 6:00 p.m. WFLA Heritage Hall. By invitation only.

      Apr. 27, 2006: Embellished Textiles: Absolutely Art! Gallery Tour. Take a tour of the latest special exhibition with collections manager Stefanie Kohn. 2:00 p.m. Meet in Grand Hall. Free for museum members or with paid admission to the gallery.

      Apr. 29, 2006: By Hook, Needle, or Bobbin (Embroidery or Lace Demonstration). 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Hruska Grand Hall. Free for museum members or with paid admission to the gallery.

      For updated program information, please check out our web page at www.NCSML.org or contact Jan Stoffer at (319) 362-8500 or JAN@....

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      Janet L. Stoffer
      Director of Programs and Education
      National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
      30 16th Avenue SW
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
      USA
      Phone:  319.362.8500
      Fax:  319.363.2209
      E-mail:  Jan@...
      Web site:  www.NCSML.org
      Office Hours:  Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 - 4:00

      "Embellished Textiles -- Absolutely Art!," an original exhibition that explores the lush adornment of everyday items used in the Czech and Slovak lands.  Opens April 7, 2006.


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