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Mark & Helena Greathouse performance 
Jul
23
3:00 pm15:00

Mark & Helena Greathouse performance 

You Do Speak English, Don't You?"  Cabaret Style Variety Show, suitable for all ages 

 

The Greathouses, Mark, a music composer from Oregon, and Helena, a singer/dancer from Czechoslovakia, share the story of how they met in Germany and their life in the US.  Mark on accordion and Helena with numerous costume changes bring their story to life through comedy sketches, music and dance.  A question-answer session will follow the performance, with Helena sharing what her life was like growing up behind the Iron Curtain and making it to the West.  CDs featuring original compositions by Mark and vocal pieces sung by Helena will be available for purchase.


May
6
5:00 pm17:00

2017 SPJST Car Show and Czech Heritage Celebration

FREE ADMISSION!!! Come out for lots of fun, food and fabulous cars!

Open Air Polka Dancing!! Live music provided by the Praha Bros. Big dance floor under an open pavillion out in the fresh country air! 

Heritage demonstrations by expert crafters of sauerkraut, lace, noodles, rope and more! Dancers in beautiful Czech kroj(costumes) will demonstrate the Beseda, the national dance of the Czechs.  Sing-a-long with live accordian music by Ralph and Willard! Do you know "A já sám?"

Kid Zones for outdoor fun. Arts & Crafts vendors! Kolache-eating contest!

This benefits the Czech Heritage Museum and the Education and Nature Center summer camp!

May
6
9:00 am09:00

Bell County School Project at Seaton School

1912 Czech School at Granger, Texas

1912 Czech School at Granger, Texas

Bell County School Project: 
Looking for help identifying children in vintage photographs of Bell County Schools. Can you help? Researcher Richard Lesikar will bring more than 75 photographs to the county on May 5 and 6 for display and ID help. Please bring yours if you have them. He will be at the Czech Heritage Museum, Temple, Tx from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 5 and then at the Seaton School, Seaton, Tx. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, during the SPJST Car Show and Czech Heritage Celebration at Seaton Star Hall. Shown: Cyclone School 1930s.

May
5
10:00 am10:00

Bell County School Project at the Czech Heritage Museum

Bell County School Project: 
Looking for help identifying children in vintage photographs of Bell County Schools. Can you help? Researcher Richard Lesikar will bring more than 75 photographs to the county on May 5 and 6 for display and ID help. Please bring yours if you have them. He will be at the Czech Heritage Museum, Temple, Tx from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 5 and then at the Seaton School, Seaton, Tx. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, during the SPJST Car Show and Czech Heritage Celebration at Seaton Star Hall. Shown: Cyclone School 1930s.

Apr
21
Apr 23

Czech That Film Festival

The 6th Annual Czech That Film series visits Dallas again on April 21-23 at Studio Movie Grill - Spring Valley. Showcasing the best in contemporary Czech film, the travelling series visits 18 cities in the U.S. and Canada. 

This year Czech director Radek Bajgar will attend on Friday the 21st at 745pm to kick things off with Tiger Theory, the top Czech comedy of 2016 which garnered Jiri Bartoska the Czech Oscar for Best Actor. Saturday the 22nd follows at 745pm with  The Teacher a drama set in 1980s Communist Czechoslovakia and directed by Jan Hrebejk, best known in the USA for his Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film (Divided We Fall) while Sunday at 4pm brings filmgoers the more art house styled  I, Olga Hapnerova - Official Selection at the 2017 Berlinale and winner of  the Czech Oscar for Best Actress. 

Organized by Production For UseVaclav Havel Czech School of DallasSokol Dallas and the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Texas.

Oct
22
Feb 28

Lada Exhibit to open at Czech Center Museum Houston, Czech Heritage Museum in Temple and Texas Czech Cultural and Heritage Center in La Grange.

Three Texas Czech cultural museums have partnered to bring the art of Czech illustrator and painter Josef Lada from Prague to the United States for the first time.  

 The exhibit of 96 pieces will be divided between the Czech Heritage Museum in Temple, the Czech Center Museum in Houston and the Texas Czech Cultural and Heritage Center in La Grange. The exhibits will open in October and remain through the end of January.

Each museum will host an opening event featuring a lecture and discussion by folk artist and Czech importer Daniela Mahoney of Portland, OR.

 Openings:

October 22 at the Czech Center Museum Houston, 4920 San Jacinto, Houston, TX. For more information and to RSVP, call 713-582-2060 or email events@czechcenter.org

October 25 at the Czech Heritage Museum & Genealogy Center, 119 W. French Ave., Temple, TX. For information call 254-899-2935 or email Czechheritagemuseum@gmail.com

October 29 at the Texas Czech Cultural & Heritage Center, 250 W. Fair Grounds Rd., La Grange, TX. For information call 888-785-4500 or email info@czechtexas.org.

Oct
11
2:00 pm14:00

Svacina Social Hour

Get together to recover the Czech you once knew, improve your skills and practice with other Czech speakers! Svacina means snacks - so we'll put the kavá on!

 

 

Oct
6
1:00 pm13:00

Open House: Help us identify old photos

 

Genealogists Danny Leshikar (cq) of Liberty, Missouri and Richard Lesikar (cq) of Granbury, Texas will offer free help for descendants of Czech immigrants looking for information about their families.  

“We will help people begin building a family tree or add to their own information,” said Richard Lesikar. “We will not post this information to social media or on websites such as Ancestry.com,” he said.

 The two genealogists will be in Temple from October 4 to October 10 and are taking appointments now. “We’d love to have the opportunity to visit you in your home, share the data and or photographs Danny has of your family and at the same time gather data that are missing from your family tree,” said Richard Lesikar. They will also meet participants at the Czech Heritage Museum in Temple if that is more convenient. For appointments and more information, contact Richard Lesikar at rlesikar@charter.net or call 682-936-6034.

Danny Leshikar presently has a database of more than 81,000 entries which includes names, information and photographs. He and Richard Lesikar use this information to build family trees at no cost. “We are blessed that some Czech genealogists such as Edmund Hejl, Albert Blaha, Jim and Mildred (Skrabanek) Hejl had the foresight to gather, translate and publish information of our Czech heritage,” said Richard Lesikar. “These people, who are now all deceased, helped lay the foundation for Danny’s work.”

 

Oct
4
Oct 10

Czech genealogists offer free help

Genealogists Danny Leshikar (cq) of Liberty, Missouri and Richard Lesikar (cq) of Granbury, Texas will offer free help for descendants of Czech immigrants looking for information about their families.  

 

“We will help people begin building a family tree or add to their own information,” said Richard Lesikar. “We will not post this information to social media or on websites such as Ancestry.com,” he said.

 

Danny Leshikar presently has a database of more than 81,000 entries which includes names, information and photographs. He and Richard Lesikar use this information to build family trees at no cost.

 

“We are blessed that some Czech genealogists such as Edmund Hejl, Albert Blaha, Jim and Mildred (Skrabanek) Hejl had the foresight to gather, translate and publish information of our Czech heritage,” said Richard Lesikar. “These people, who are now all deceased, helped lay the foundation for Danny’s work.”

 

The two genealogists will be in Temple from October 4 to October 10 and are taking appointments now. “We’d love to have the opportunity to visit you in your home, share the data and or photographs Danny has of your family and at the same time gather data that are missing from your family tree,” said Richard Lesikar. They will also meet participants at the Czech Heritage Museum in Temple if that is more convenient.

 

For appointments and more information, contact Richard Lesikar at rlesikar@charter.net or call 682-936-6034.

Aug
30
7:00 pm19:00

Czech Class through Blinn College

  • Czech Heritage Museum

Join us for Beginner Czech class from Blinn College! Would you rather learn with others? Don't have all the computer stuff needed for a live online course? We're hosting Czech Class at the museum Tuesdays and Thursday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Blinn College or Susan Chandler 254-899-2935. 

 https://www.blinn.edu/workforce/schulenburg-fall2016-classes.pdf

Milam County Czech Families
Nov
15
3:00 pm15:00

Milam County Czech Families

November 15 at 3 p.m.

Come hear UT Austin student Celeste Banda speak on her research conducted this summer in the Czech Republic about Milam County Czech Families!! 3 p.m. at the Museum, 119 W. French Ave, Temple, Texas
Celeste interned at the Museum last summer just before her trip to Europe. 
"From the mid-1800s through the early 1900s, many immigrants arrived in Texas from the Czech lands of Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia. They arrived from towns like Cermna, Brno, Vsetin, and Frenstat. One of the counties that the immigrants settled in was Milam County. This presentation will focus on Milam County communities with significant Texas Czech populations, families, and social organizations," said Banda.

Celeste Banda is a student at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in East European Studies. In the past, she has presented to the Austin Czech Historical Association and to high school classes in Cameron. During her time spent studying abroad, she visited several towns of origin of Czech Milam County families. Celeste is a native of Cameron in Milam County.

Film Night!
Jun
25
6:00 pm18:00

Film Night!

  • Czech Heritage Museum

“If future generations ask us what we are fighting for [in World War II], we shall tell them the story of Lidice."
- Frank Knox, U.S. Secretary of the Navy (1940-1944)

 

The Czech Heritage Museum & Genealogy Center presents “Film Night” beginning at 6 p.m. on June 25, 2015 at the museum, located at 119 W. French Ave., Temple, Texas.

Screening of the 2011 film “Lidice,” will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. There is no charge for the film. Admission to the museum during this event is free.

The film follows the true story of one of the most significant events of World War II. Learn about the people of Lidice, Czech Republic and Hitler’s focused fury on this peaceful little mining village.

At the time, people around the world heard this story and were moved to name their towns and even their baby girls after Lidice. It is still today a popular name for girls in Latin America.

Yet, few Americans have ever heard of it.

The screenplay for “Lidice” was written by Zdeněk Mahler. Mahler is known in the U.S. for his book, “New York: A Mod Portrait of the City.”

The film was directed by Petr Nikolaev and stars Karel Roden, Zuzana Fialová, Roman Luknár, Zuzana Bydžovská and Ondřej Novák.

“This film pulls you into the story by connecting at the heart with small, poignant moments of humanity, but holds you to the end with enough mystery to keep things intriguing,” said Susan Chandler, museum director. “Although there are a few violent scenes, the film maker has thankfully focused on the main characters - their personalities and relationships - to tell the story. It is unrated, but probably would be considered PG-17. It's not for children. We are planning some children's events in the future ... stay tuned,” she said.