The Czech Heritage Club has no physical boundaries. It is open to anyone who is interested
in preserving and promoting Czech culture; no matter his or her heritage or where they live.

Our organization originated in April 2002 as an outgrowth of the Czech Language and
Culture classes. Marian Topic taught these classes in the New Prague community. Since that time, the group has grown from a social club, to an organization involved in its community.

In 2007 by-laws were developed.
The Club is a 501C-3 organization (Incorporated in 2016) with members
actively promoting Czech heritage thru different events.
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Monday and Tuesday, June 10-11th at St. Anthony Main Theater

Al Milgrom's film, Singin' in the Grain: a Minnesota Czech Story

After years of chatter and anticipation, it is with great honor and appreciation that we announce this movie. In case you missed the recent hype, Al's film premiered (and sold out) at the MSP Independent Film Society earlier this month. Production began more than 40 years ago and it celebrates long-standing Czech culture and its heritage here in our area. You will spot many familiar faces and unlock faint memories of our small town's past as you watch this 110 minute film. You will no doubt agree that it is cited as a "historic treasure."

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online by following this link and at the door


 Sunday May 19th
Czech Pork, Dumpling and Kraut dinner
Was a success!

Volunteer servers are ready for the diners to arrive


 2019 Meetings and Events:
(March - December)
7 pm usually on the second Tuesday or Wednesday night
Watch the New Prague/Montgomery/Lonsdale newspapers for updates and details
Everyone is welcome to attend!
We are always looking for new members
Is there is an area of Czech culture you might be interested in?
Please let us know and will try to schedule a speaker

March 12th - Dumpling Make and Take Demo - New Prague Library

We had 24 people making dumplings - Thank you to Hannah!

April 23 Tuesday - Annual Meeting - New Prague City Hall
join us for vomacka, zelinky and door prises

May 14th - Kolacky Demo-
Marion Skluzacek and her three grand-daughters

Thank you Marion - they tasted great!

May 19th - Pork, dumpling and kraut dinner

June 11th - Kroje Presentation - New Prague City Hall

 TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 7:00 P.M. AT NEW PRAGUE CITY HALL

Anne (Smisek) Jans will present her Kroje collection from different regions of the Czech Republic.

Anne is quite involved with her Czech heritage as well. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Miss Czech Slovak Mn Pageant. She is a member of Sokol Mn and enjoys traveling around Mn to various Czech and Slovak festivals. She was Miss Czech Slovak Mn Queen in 1999 and since that time has had a passion for learning about the kroje or ethnic dress of the culture and the wide variety of kroje in each region of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia. The intricate details of each kroj are fascinating. Anne will be sharing some of her collection of kroje from a variety of regions in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and sharing some of the details that go into the creation of these unique ethnic dresses. She will also share the traditional methods in which these kroje were made. Anne and her mother Susie Smisek have made numerous award winning kroje in the past 20 years. Recently they made a Blata, South Bohemian kroj complete with carp fish scales that Anne's niece wore in the 2019 Miss Czech Slovak Mn Pageant. She will have the costume with to showcase. Anne's daughter Alenka and sons Clayton and Wyatt also enjoy wearing kroje. Alenka currently serves as Miss Czech Slovak Mn Junior Ambassador.

Anne Jans is also known as "The Hat Lady" and has been collecting antique women's hats, hat boxes and hat pins for 26 years and speaking about the history of women's hats and sharing her collection throughout Minnesota and surrounding states for 25 years. In that time she has acquired quite a collection of hats ( approximately 1,900 hats, 375 hat boxes and 500 hatpins) dating from the 1840's through the 1960's.. Although she dosen't collect dresses ahe has approximately 125 from the late 1800's through the 1960's as well. She thoroughly enjoys her collection and sharing it with others. Anne has always said "what is the oint of having a collection if you can't share it with others". She takes pride in the collection she has accumulated over the years and loves to share the many stories and knowledge she has learned about women's historic costumes with others.

Anne is also a full time Family and Consumer Science Teacher (Home Economics) in Jordan, Mn teaching grades 7-12. Anne has been able to bring in her collections and share them with her sewing and fashions classes. In her spare time she spends quite a bit of time learning and sharing her knowledge of the Czech culture and heritage. Anne also loves spending time with her family which keeps her very busy. Her and her husband Andy have three children- Clayton 13, Alenka 11, & Wyatt 10. The highlight of her life is being a wife and mother.

See you on June 11th A learning experience, a part of your Czech Heritage.




July 9th - Doris Coghill - Czech Travelog - New Prague City Hall
August 21st - Annual Picnic
September - no meeting - Join us at Dozinky Days

October 8th - Lonsdale Library - Fred Simon -
Searching for relatives in southern Bohemia

November 12th - TBD
December - Annual Christmas Party

OTHER EVENTS


Saturday, June 8th we welcome
Jaroslav Kantrek, the newly appointed Consul General of the Czech Republic/Chicago,
and Jakub Šmíd, the Czech film Director from Prague here for the screening of his film at Czech That Film festival.

They will attend the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International's quarterly meeting and then go to C.S.P.S. Sokol Hall for a Minnesota-style potluck lunch to meet members of the Czech and Slovak organizations, mayors and friends from our Czech Country cities, Minnesota Pageant Royalty and Junior Ambassadors, and all others who have Czech and Slovak interests.

You are invited to share in a potluck lunch by bringing an appetizer, hot dish, salad, or dessert. Thank you.
If you are able to bring food, please arrive by 11:30 a.m.

There will be name tags for everyone to wear while at C.S.P.S. Sokol Hall.

You are especially invited and highly encouraged to attend Director Jakub Šmíd's film Short Cut (Na krátko). 7 p.m. screening
at the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society, St. Anthony Main Theatre, 125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis 55414.
Q&A with the Director follows the screening.
Please contact the
Film Society to get your tickets
To get Partner Rate tickets for $8, use the Promo Code:CzechThat19

Following the screening/Q&A, there will be a reception next door to the movie theatre lobby.


Check the calendar section for other yearly events



Active membership dues are:
$15 per person per year
$25 per couple per year
$25 Supporting Member
$40 Individual and supporting Membership
$50 Family and supporting Membership
Mail check made out to "Czech Heritage Club" to

Czech Heritage Club
PO Box 163
New Prague, MN 56071


Our short business meetings include a program, and social time with refreshments. Some of the programs we have presented are:

Czech movies, Czech kroj (costumes), Czech music and composers, Czech crystal, glass and porcelain, literature by Czech authors, Easter customs, display of wood carving, genealogy, harvest time, springtime maple syrup, sing-a-long by New Prague Czech singers, Czech bead factories, History of Veseli, MN, Polk-Of-A, History of the Concertina, Post cards from the past and much more...

 Highlights from our 2018 meetings

 
Speaker - Heather Vikla
Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota and
Miss Czech Slovak US second runnerup at the national competition in Wilbur, Nebraska
 
Monthly meeting at the New Prague City Hall

 
December Christmas Party at Pizza Ranch

 
Monthly meeting at the Montgomery Library


 Our Mission

* Preserve Czech culture in our communities
* Educate the public about our culture
* Adopt customs not currently in use in our area
* Support other communities in their efforts of preservation and education.
* Instill pride in our heritage

 

We are always looking for members and volunteers to help with our various events
 




Current Czech Heritage Club Officers & Board Positions

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We are into the third printing
" A Taste of Czech Tradition"
Get your copy now of this popular cookbook
They will be available at our yearly events listed below or click on the link above for other locations or mail order
Our cookbook has just been featured on Tresbohemes.com
A blog about everything Bohemian
This page features our cookbook


We will have a booth at these local yearly events:

 Czech Heritage Village
During the annual Dožinky® Festival
September 21, 2019

 

We will also have a booth at these 2019 local events - Please stop by and say hello

Saturday July 27th Montgomery Kolacky Day in the Park 9:00am to 4pm

Thursday August 1st Czech Out New Prague at Memorial Park 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday August 10th Lonsdale Community Day Main Street 9:00am to 6:00pm

Saturday September 21st Dozinky Czech Heritage Village Tupy Insurance Parking Lot 10:00am to 5:00pm



Check the calendar section for other yearly events

Fund Raising Opportunity

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The Czech Heritage Club has registered so all you have to do is shop! It is important to remember that you cannot go to Amazon.com as you have in the past - you must go to smile.amazon.com.

How does AmazonSmile work?
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So next time you shop, please support The Czech Heritage Club

 Now Available!
Saint Wenceslaus Cemetery and Czech National Cemetery Cemetery Inventory for New Prague, MN
Published by Czechoslovak Genealogical Society in 2002
$12 plus shipping
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