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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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Ventriloquist Denny Naughton picks up his dummies again for a NCSML fundraiser

Denny Naughton and Friends CSPS Legion Arts — Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. “The first show I did was a talent show,” Dennis Naughton said, reflecting on his adventures as a ventriloquist. His mother had some advice after that fledgling performance. “Maybe next time you shouldn’t read the routine out a joke book,” she […]

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Frequent ‘Antiques Roadshow’ appraiser Nicholas Lowry to appear at BrewNost

BrewNost National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library — Friday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Nicholas “Nicho” Lowry — president of Swann Auction Galleries in New York City and well known for his appearances on Antiques Roadshow — will serve as the celebrity auctioneer at this year’s Brewnost event at the National Czech & Slovak […]

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National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library brings scholar Dr. Tomáš Vrba to celebrate life of Václav Havel

Forum: Participating in Democracy National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library — Sat., Apr. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Czech historian Dr. Tomáš Vrba will speak on Saturday, Apr. 2 at 4 p.m. at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library (NCSML) in Cedar Rapids about the important contributions and life of […]

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Rock and roll (and art and writing) in the CSSR

A new exhibit in Cedar Rapids explores the music, art and writing of a resistance movement forced underground by a totalitarian state. “Samizdat: The Czech Art of Resistance, 1968 to 1989,” is comprised of clandestine materials including photos, films, cassette tapes, books and manuscripts from communist-era Czechoslovakia (ČSSR). The show opened last weekend at the […]

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