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 through different events.
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We now have a Facebook Page!
Please go to Facebook and click on "Join Group" to get updates about Czech Happenings
Czech Heritage MN



December 2021 Christmas Party


 What is a Czech?
He's Everything happy in the world with a smile on his face.
He's everything fine in the world with a song in his heart.
His is hope with a laugh on his lips.
He's tomorrow with a twinkle in his eye.
His is quick to forgive.
His eyes dance at the sight of a pretty girl.
His feet tap to pretty tunes.
His heart sobs at sorrow.
Yes, His is Czech!

A Czech carries a bit of his homeland with him wherever he goes - wherever he stands that bit of ground is a little bit of Czechoslovakia.
He has filtered out from his homeland and carried the secret of happy laughter the length and breadth of the world.
He has fought other peoples wars, tamed other peoples seas.
But wherever he has settled, he incoclated his neighbors with his quick laugh and happy heart and his spirit with a fine capacity of enjoying life.
And he gave us this special holiday.
We are here today, yes, soon your neighbors and friends will borrow a bit of the Czechoslovakian zest and spirit and become a little Czech too.
Soon you can see there is a little bit of Czechoslovakian in all of us today.

Taken from the Fraternal Herald



2021-22 exciting news
- Club member John Chromy has written
A Lay person's guide to the History of the Bohemian/Czech people
click here to download or read it
- We are based out of New Prague and their Historical Society has a new web site

We received a donation of several pieces of Kroj from various places in Bohemia.
She is also sending a collection of postcards depicting Bohemian costumes. Both will be used in the display we are planning for 2021 at the Montgomery Arts and Heritage Center

Thank you Mary
 


New Book to be Released – January 2022

MINNESOTA’S “BIG WOODS” MUSICIANS: A Narrative on the Rich Tradition of Music in the Culture and Life of the People Who Emigrated from South Bohemia to the Communities in and Around NewPrague, Minnesota

This book, researched and authored by Czech Heritage Club member Sr. Anita Smisek, OP with narrative assistance from John Chromy (also a member) tells the amazing story of how the immigrants that came from the farming villages and towns of southern Bohemia brought
with them their love of music, and how the playing and singing music made bearable the hard work of clearing trees, building homes and creating farms in the “Big Woods” of south central Minnesota in the late 19th century.

We have the book for sale (and signed by the author)
$20 plus $4 shipping
Or you can buy them locally at:
Downtown Sound, New Praague
Hermann's Thrifty White Pharmacy, Montgomery
Edel's Meat Market, Montgomery
Lonsdale Hardware Store, Lonsdale

Click here for a longer description of the book
Click here for the order form



 - New items for sale:
Window Stickers
Jak se máš? 2x9 inches  $5
Czech Flag 3x4 inches    $5
Czech Flag Pin
1 x 3/4 inch $5

Download order form here

 
     


 2022 Club Meetings:
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

 

January - Book signing - MINNESOTA’S “BIG WOODS” MUSICIANS

March 22nd at the Montgomery Library
Czech Easter and Spring Traditions, presented by Markéta Palkova.

April - Herbs, Nettles and Mushroom picking

May - We will have booths at various events

June - The Czech Baker
The Czech Heritage Club will be hosting its June program on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at the Revival on Main, 213 - 1st Street S. in Montgomery. The program will feature Misa Kotek, the Czech Baker. Misa will share her experiences of growing up in the Czech Republic and immigrating to the United States, as well as opening her bakery business. She will have several of her baked items available for purchase. There is no admission charge for this program. The Club cordially invites all members and the general public to attend.

Club members are welcome to attend the Board of Directors meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Revival on Main.

July - We will booths at various local events

August - We will have booths at various local events

September - Annual Pot Luck Picnic and membership Drive
BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

October - Czech History

November -
Czech Card Games

December TBD - Annual Christmas party

 

2022 Events:
We will wait and see what develops, but if possible will have a booth
at these events and will usually have
Kolacky and Zelniky for sale

May 1st - May Day in Montgomery
May 17th - Spring into Lonsdale street Fair 5-8 PM

June - Tuesday, June 28th at the Revival on Main in Montgomery at 7pm.
Misa Kotek will talk about growing up in the Czech Republic,
immigrating to the U.S. and being the Czech Baker.

July 9th - Faribault International Festival

July 23rd - We will have a booth at Kolacky Days, Montgomery
July 27-31 - Scott County Fair

August 4th - We will have a booth at Czech Out New Prague
August 13th - We will have a booth at Lonsdale Community Days , Lonsdale
August - We will have a booth at the Le Sueur County Fair , Le Center

September 17th - We will have a booth at Dozinky Days, New Prague




Check the calendar section for other yearly events


Czech Heritage Club

  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
 


 Active membership dues are:
$15 individual per year / $40 Individual and supporting membership
$65 Individual and Gold supporting membership
$25 Family per year / $50 Family and supporting membership
$75 Family and Gold supporting membership
$25 Supporting Member / $50 Gold supporting membership

Note: Supporting members can choose to be listed on our web site

Fill out form and mail with your check 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...
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Thank you to our Supporting Members:
Renata Ticha
Jan Siska
Martin Nekola

George Mikiska
Mary Jane Miller
Martin Nekola
Jerre Richter
Dr Renata Ticha
Dr Jan Siska
Dr Jermery Tupy
Bob & Mary Vanasek
Steve Vosejpka
Arts & Heritage Center - Montgomery

Lonsdale Chamber of Commerce
Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

Thank you to our Gold Supporting Members:
John Chromy
Tom & Diane Chromy
Mary Lynn Gross
Ed & Jean Koegh
Marit Lee Kucera - Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic for MN, IA, ND and SD
Bonnie Simon
Fred Simon
Robert J Tupa
Kolacky Days - Montgomery Area Community Club




Current Czech Heritage Club Officers & Board Positions




 
We are into the fifth printing - Many thanks to
MVEC Operation Roundup
for a grant for this reprinting
" A Taste of Czech Tradition"
Get your copy now of this popular cookbook by mail
They will also be available at our yearly events listed above
or at these local stores
Humble Pie New Prague
Lau's Bakery New Prague
Franke's Bakery Montgomery
Lonsdale Chamber Lonsdale
Arts and Heritage Center Montgomery

Our cookbook has just been featured on
Tresbohemes.com
A blog about everything Bohemian
This page features our cookbook




Fund Raising Opportunity

Support The Czech Heritage Club every time you buy something from Amazon.
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations you select.

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?
When first visiting AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer's selected charitable organization.
So next time you shop, please support The Czech Heritage Club




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