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

 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

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:
Martin Nekola
Richard Hanzlik
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
Duane and Amy Jirik
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




 2023 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

 

Saturday February 18th - Everyone had so much sun learning and playing
the Czech card game Darda last fall we are going to do it again.
Please join us from 1-3 at Giesenbräu Bier Co. 1306 1st St NE, New Prague

March 21st at the Civic Center at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Lonsdale
202 Alabama St SE
Fred Simon will talk about the Bohemian Triangle 2:30 - 5PM

April -

May - We will have booths at various events

June -

July/August - We will booths at various local events
No regular meeting

September TBD
Annual Pot Luck Picnic and membership Drive
BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
Memorial Park in New Prague

October -

November

December 17th -

 

2023 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

February 19th - Masopust - Revival on Main in Montgomery Noon - 4
May 1st - May Day in Montgomery
May 17th - Spring into Lonsdale street Fair 5-8 PM

June -

July TBD - Faribault International Festival

Kolacky Days in Montgomery will be July 29-30.
We will have a booth in the park both days and will also be in the parade on Sunday. Thank you to all the members who have volunteered to help out with the booth.

Thursday - August 3rd - Czech Out New Prague. 5-8 PM in Memorial Park.
This is always a fun night. There will be more than 40 vendors. Click here for more info.

Friday - August ?? - Noon - 5PM. Pope County Fair in Glenwood.

Saturday - August 12th - Lonsdale Community Days. 9-5PM.
Main Street in Lonsdale. We will have Kolacky and other items for sale.

Saturday - August 19th - Le Sueur County Fair. The booth will be open 9 AM - evening

September 16th - We will have a booth at Dozinky Days, New Prague

Check the calendar section for other yearly events




 
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

Lonsdale Chamber - Lonsdale
Franke's Bakery - Montgomery
Arts and Heritage Center - Montgomery
Corner Stone Bank - Montgomery
Lau's Bakery - New Prague

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



New Book 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
Coffee Mugs $10
CD's $5
Feather Brushes $6
Click for more info on items for sale

Download order form here

 
     

Contact us by email - info @ czechheritageclub.com
be sure to take out the spaces both before and after the @ before you send the email