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Slovakia’s Dušan S. Jurkovič

On August 11, 2018, to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of Czechoslovakia's most distinguished architects, the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center hosted a presentation entitled Rooted in Time: An Architect for All Seasons Slovakia's Dusan Jurkovic. Board...

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to the new website for the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota! To ensure we're best serving our community, we've updated our look and mobile functionality. You should now be able to view the site comfortably on a desktop computer, tablet, or your...

Wine Tasting Event at SOKOL Hall

On Friday, August 21st at 6pm, Sokol Minnesota and the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota will be co-hosting a wine tasting event. The wine tasting will focus on wines of Central Europe. This is the first in a series of wine tastings focused on different...

Czechoslovakia: Guinea Pig of the Cold War?

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser, My focus in some recent articles was on the year 1948 from a Czech perspective. I was an active participant in  events at that time and have found it hard to explain our inept leadership and apathetic public, both of which allowed the...

Waiting for Godot

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser   (Part One of Dr. Mestenhauser’s article appeared in the June/July Slovo.) Proclaimed on Apr. 5, 1945, the Kosice Program—although written by the communists--defined the postwar state of a democratic Czechoslovakia. Two ministers were to...

Slovak Consul: Lidice – 70 Years Later

By Donald Pafko, Honorary Slovak Consul On June 15 2012, the City of Phillips, Wisconsin held its annual commemoration of the destruction of the Village of Lidice, Czech Republic. As most of us know the village was destroyed by the Nazis during the second World War...

February 25, 1948 The day of shame

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser Contemporary political, economic and social scene in the Czech and Slovak Republics have been largely defined by the dissidents and their generation of the Dubcek’s Prague Spring 1968 era. This seemed to hide the fact that there was an...

The Cost of Ignorance

By Dr. Josef A. Mestenhauser That is the question that we do not often ask. Instead we focus on the cost of education that is climbing and affects virtually everybody’s checkbook. Yet ignorance does cost a lot, more than most people recognize, and the Czechs could...