History Comes to Life on TCHCC campus with Rededication of SPJST Lodge 19, Velehrad Hall
History resonates within the walls of the SPJST Lodge 19, Velehrad hall. On Sunday, May 19, 2019, SPJST members and well-wishers celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of the SPJST Lodge 19, Velehrad lodge hall on the campus of the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center (TCHCC) in La Grange during the annual Slavnost - Mayfest: A Tribute to Czech-Texas Immigrants of All Years.
Slavnost and Tribute to the Czech Immigrants to Texas Planned for May 19
The Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center (TCHCC) in La Grange invites you to pay homage to spring with a family Sunday filled with music, food, laughter, and remembrance during the 18th Annual Slavnost (May Fest) on May 19. Festivities begin with a ceremony at 10:30 am paying tribute to all Czech-Texas Immigrants. If you would like to recognize Czech Immigrants in your family, download the recognition form. Your family will be named during the ceremony. Forms are due by May 13.
A delicious fried chicken dinner will be served beginning at 11:30 am. Plenty of Czech-style desserts will also be available, along with refreshing beverages of all kinds. The Texas Dutchmen will provide the music from 12:30 to 5 pm. The day's activities also include the re-opening of SPJST Lodge 19 Velehrad at 1:30 pm, traditional May Pole Dance, a demonstration at the Zapalač Saw Mill, a car show, and the new Czech Newspaper Museum will be open. You'll also have a chance to shop in the Country Store and the Kopecky Gift Shop where you'll find unique gifts for dads, grads, and newlyweds. See the flyer.
CZECH NEWSPAPER MUSEUM TO OPEN IN
TCHCC CZECH VILLAGE
The Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center in La Grange will hold a Grand Opening Dedication of the Czech Newspaper Museum-České Noviny Muzeum on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2 PM. The new museum is a replica of an early print shop and will tell the story of many early Czech newspapers printed across Texas. Also included in the museum is a printing press, gas engine, and related equipment used to print those newspapers. Read more.
Dance Halls of Texas Photo Exhibit
at TCHCC Through Feb. 9
Special program on Jan. 23
Two-step your way through time on a photographic tour of historic dance halls presented by Texas Dance Hall Preservation. Texas dance halls are as diverse and vast as Texas itself. The photos in this exhibit illustrate this and serve as a reminder of what we have and what we are at risk of losing without preservation efforts of this precious resource. Our historic dance halls are reminders of our collective history as Texans. The exhibit features 38 beautiful photos, which includes 5 halls located in Fayette County. A program on the Exhibit and Texas Dance Hall Preservation will be on Wednesday, January 23 at 6:00 PM at the Center. Deb Fleming, Executive Director and past President of TDHP, will present the program. All photos are available for purchase from TDHP.
“Texas is rich with diversity and our historic dance halls are architectural monuments to our diverse culture and history as a state. The east central region of Texas around La Grange and Fayette county is ground zero in that it can boast a high number of halls that still act as community centers as they did over a century ago. Preserving them for future generations is our legacy and responsibility much like our ancestors when they built them and maintained them for us to enjoy today.” – Deb Fleming, TDHP Executive Director