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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, […]

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National Czech & Slovak Museum hosting virtual cooking classes featuring traditional Czech foods

Aspiring chefs have a chance this Saturday to join a cooking class from the comfort of their own homes hosted by the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML). Saturday’s cooking class will teach attendees how to make traditional […]

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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 […]

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NCSML recovers from derecho losses, prepares a new vision for BrewNost

Since 1974 the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids has been a tourist attraction and center for education as the cornerstone of the Czech Village neighborhood. Through cooking classes, crafts lessons and events like the popular […]

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NCSML’s Mysterious Caravan offers a new way to explore Czech and Slovak history: a tabletop role playing game

When Sarah Henderson first started at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library as its associate director of Lifelong Learning, one of her first initiatives was to form a Youth Advisory Council. She believes strongly in the museum’s goal […]

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A virtual tour and drive-through book signing explore Iowa City’s brewing heritage

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and John’s Grocery have teamed up for a two-day celebration of beer and Iowa City’s Northside District that includes a virtual beer tour and socially distant book signing. Iowa native and University […]

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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, […]

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‘We welcome you to be part of our national mosaic’: 74 people become citizens during ceremony at National Czech and Slovak Museum

For most people last Friday was just another Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate love and eat unlimited chocolate. But for more than 70 people, Feb. 14, 2020 is significant for another reason — it’s the day they became citizens of the United States. […]

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New exhibit at the National Czech and Slovak Museum promises to be a party

A new art exhibit opening this weekend at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library (NCSML) brings a traditional piece of Slovak party wear into 2020. The exhibit Party in the 21st Century features photos and paintings of the nearly extinct Slovak parta, an elaborate headband that girls often wore during big church feasts, or brides […]

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Egyptian revolutionary artist to visit Cedar Rapids

Ganzeer will give a lecture Thursday night, June 6, starting at 7 p.m. at the NCSML. It is free and open to the public. The artist will discuss his organic creative process and “Concept Pop,” his personal style of art. This Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, Ganzeer will lead a Crash Course in Street Art and Protest Art workshop. […]

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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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