The Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota was born during the visit to the Twin Cities (Minnesota) of the former first President of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel. CSCC is registered with the State of Minnesota and is a tax exempt organization.

In the several years, the Center has made substantial impact on the members and on the local and state community.

  • Currently are involved in major effort to celebrate the US – EU relationships
  • Co-hosted (with the Václav Havel Symposium for Civil Society) the memorable visit to the Twin Cities of President Václav Havel
  • Cooperated with the annual programs of the Václav Havel Symposium for Civil Society located at the University of St. Thomas and the House of Hope Presbyterian Church. This symposium brought to the Twin Cities such distinguished personalities as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Ambassador Palous, and Ambassador Butora, and Mrs. Butora.
  • Hosted and programmed all Czech Ambassadors: Michael Žantovský, Alexandr Vondra, Petr Kolář and Martin Palouš
  • Hosted several Slovak delegations, including the Ambassador, Minister of Education and other cabinet ministers and government officials
  • Hosted and programmed several visits of the Consuls General of the Czech Republic from Chicago, Ambassadors Marek Skolil and Dana Hunatova
  • Plan on inviting the new Ambassadors for the Slovak Republic (Peter Komec) and the Czech Republic (Petr Gandalovič)
  • Hosted and provided several forums for distinguished Czech personalities: Peter Sis, Ivan Moravec, Paul Wilson, Jake Slegers, Martin Bútora, Zora Bútorová, Tomáš Klvaňa, Jiří Pehe, and the US diplomat Skoug whose assignment at the US Embassy in Prague included working with Alexander Dubček and was witness of the “Prague Spring” of 1968 that began the end of communist rule.
  • Organized major conference on doing business with the Czech Republic
  • Hosted and programmed a Czech Trade Delegation to Minnesota
  • Assisted Governor Pawlenty in organizing a trade mission to the Czech Republic, Article
  • Since 2003 organized a total of 32 Lectures on selected topics related to the Czech and Slovak Republics and their relations with the USA. Lectures were given by prominent US academics and Czech and Slovak public personalities and included topics related to the history of the Czech and Slovak Republics, their recent developments, relations with the EU, relations with the USA, and aspects of transition from communism to democracy.
  • Developed a technically sophisticated Lectures program via SKYPE to bring prominent Czech and Slovak personalities to our audiences. This included the last surviving citizens of the village of Lidice that was leveled by the Nazis. More are planned in the future.
  • Wrote and distributed on the web page and in the Sokol’s SLOVO a total of 44 articles about current topics of interest to the public. These articles are available for downloading.
  • Members of the Board have made many presentations about the Czech and Slovak Republics to the public
  • Co-sponsored with the Film Society several annual film festivals that featured the “best” Czech and Slovak Films and plan on doing so annually
  • Co-sponsored with a volunteer theater group three Czech plays (two of Havel’s)
  • Assisted the Perpich Academy of Performing Arts in producing several performances of Čapek’s play, The Insects, 2011
  • Sponsored a major art exhibit of a local Czech artist Ms. Nemcová and a photo exhibit of Misa Daniel, the photographer of the Guthrie Theater
  • Other distinguished musical programs included presentations by: Ivan Moravec, Jordan Sramek, Joel Blahnik, Anita Smisek, Vladislav Bláha, and a member of the retired opera singers who sang famous Czech opera arias.
  • Jointly sponsored with Sokol a Literary Ventures group whose members, meeting one per month, read and discuss prominent pieces of Czech and Slovak literature. On several occasions they heard presentations about the Czech and Slovak Literature from prominent literary scholars
  • Actively supported the Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota with the annual Czech and Slovak Fall Festival
  • Cooperated with the Slovak and Czech Honorary Consuls in performing their functions, including the awards of prestigious Czernin Palace Memorial Award for several prominent members of the CSCC and SOKOL. Awards have been given to: Milan Sebek, Libby Imbrone, Joyce Tesarek, Norman Sladek, Kent Wilson, Georgiana Dolejsi, Jeanette Pafko, Arnold and Deb Ziskovsky.