William Melnar Pledges Challenge Grant
Currently, our restoration, maintenance, operating expenses, and salaries have been covered with donations, in-kind contributions, and volunteer work. To ensure that we can continue our work in the future, an Endowment Fund was initiated by William and Betty Melnar several years ago with a generous donation. We have added some to this fund over the years, and have not used any of the funds. Our plan is to increase the principle sufficiently so that the interest will help pay for the operation of the Center in the future. Mr. Melnar has offered a challenge grant for the Endowment Fund. If we can raise $50,000 by December 15, 2018, he will match it with $50,000. Help us reach this goal. Any amount will make a difference! Click here to donate today!
Celebrate Czech Heritage October 19-20
Muziky Performance to Honor Vrazel's Polka Band
The 2018 Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center's annual Czech Heritage Fest & Muziky is set for October 19 and 20. The fun begins at 4 PM on Friday, October 19th with the Polka On! Octoberfest on the Deck, with music by the Dujka Brothers. On Saturday, October 20th, enjoy music by Enzian Buam Band and Jerry Haisler & the Melody 5 in the Hospoda from 11-6 PM, along with Antique Tractor and Car Shows, demonstrations, children activities, and much more all day. The festival's finale features the annual Muziky, Muziky performance at the Sanford Schmid Amphitheater. This year, TCHCC is proud to present The Legacy of the Vrazels’ Polka Band. The performance will begin at 7PM followed by a huge fireworks show to close the festival. The Vrazels' Polka Band was organized in 1953 and remained one of the state's top polka bands until the group's retirement in 2008. Read more about the band. Festival flyer.
Exhibit: Lidice 1942
Details the fate of this small village near Prague during WWII. On loan from the Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C. through November 26, 2018. Read the story.
Enjoy a Great Weekend of Czech Heritage
TCHCC will celebrate the 17th Annual Slavnost 'May Fest" on the third Sunday of May. Weekend events begin Sat., May 19 with the re-opening of the Velehrad SPJST Lodge #19 that was recently moved in to the Czech Village. Saturday night features another great evening under the stars at the Sanford Schmid Amphitheater with the Texas premiere of the Czech comedy The Stand-In (Zaskok). The annual Slavnost and Tribute to the Immigrants to Texas on Sun., May 20 will feature music, food, Czech Village tours, shopping, and a special performance by the Eva Adams Česká Kapela in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Czechoslovakia. Read more.
Remembering Sanford Schmid and
The TCHCC Family was saddened to hear of the passing of Sanford Schmid and Doris Koliba in February. Both were instrumental in helping create the TCHCC complex with the Sanford Schmid Amphitheater and the Benjamin & Doris Koliba Lobby. Click on their names to read more about the lives of these two caring and generous Texans.
Museum Exhibit: WWI & The Birth of Czechoslovakia
Details Czech efforts on the battlefield and Czech Americans on the home front during World War I. Opens March 12, 2018, and runs through November. Special programs will be held throughout the year.
See the photos.
Unique Valentine Experience
Enjoy a formal evening at the Valentine Dinner and Piano Concert on Sat., Feb. 10. Read more and buy tickets online.
2018 Calendars Are In!
The calendars have arrived at TCHCC. Renew your membership today to ensure that your copy is on the way! If you are not a member, click here to join. We are looking forward to another banner year of Czech Heritage!