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A Czech dressmaker sent her designs to the U.S. before she died in the Holocaust. Her dresses are now on display at NCSML

A traveling exhibit now on display at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) is recognizing talent and creativity that was lost during the Holocaust. “Stitching History through the Holocaust” showcases eight dresses designed by Hedwig (Hedy) Strnad, a dressmaker who lived in Prague with her husband Paul during the Nazi invasion. In […]

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Artist Jordan Weber explores the intersection of climate and racial violence in collaboration with Cedar Rapids museums

Jordan Weber first began meditating when he was a junior in high school, with visions of professional basketball in his future. He read the book Sacred Hoops by long-time NBA player and coach Phil Jackson, which in turn led him to seminal Western practice text Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. “I was extremely lucky to find […]

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The National Czech and Slovak Museum and UI Libraries launch projects to document life during COVID-19

The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library (NCSML) and the University of Iowa Libraries are looking to document what Iowans are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. NCSML is preparing to create two projects. The first is a time capsule, and the second will document stories of life during the pandemic through social media updates, […]

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‘The Emperor and the Peasant’: a new perspective on WWI at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

As the 100th anniversary of the First World War has unfolded since 2014, the most common images of the “War to End All Wars” have come from the Western Front. Trench warfare. Armies fighting endlessly over the same few squares miles of land. But the fighting on the Eastern Front was very different, with dramatic advances and retreats, and two empires — Austria-Hungary and Russia — slowly collapsing. […]

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