Welcome Spring and Celebrate Czech Heritage

The Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center (TCHCC) in La Grange is celebrating its 20th anniversary with three days of special events, including the 16th Annual Slavnost (May Fest) on Sun., May 21. The celebration begins on Fri., May 19, with a special presentation on the Legacy of Svatava Jakobson and the Texas Czech Legacy Project. Linguistics Professor Lida Cope will lead a roundtable discussion from 4-6 pm on the legacy of Svatava Jakobson with an exhibit of recovered photographs from a kroje exhibit "Texas Czech Folk Costumes" prepared by Svatava Jakobson for the 1984 Ethnic Folk Festival in San Antonio.  The exhibit will be on display in the TCHCC Bill Melnar Library. Enjoy Český Večer - Wine and Cheese/light meal - from 6-7 pm. Professor Cope will close the evening from 7-8 pm with a presentation and discussion of the project’s place in the Czech community's efforts to promote and maintain its cultural heritage. The event is free and open to all interested in preserving Texas Czech culture and language. See the flyer.

On Sat., May 20, a Musical Tribute to 20 Years will be held from 7-9 pm at the Sanford Schmid Amphitheater. Czech & Then Some, also celebrating its 20th anniversary, will play polka and Texas favorites of the past 20 years. The evening will also feature dance performances, and special guests.

Slavnost (May Fest) on Sunday will get underway with a ceremony at 10:30 am paying tribute to all Czech-Texas immigrants. A delicious dinner will be served beginning at 11 am. Plenty of Czech-style desserts will also be available, along with refreshing beverages of all kinds. The Jodie Mikula Orchestra from Ennis will provide the music from 12:30 to 5 pm. The Mikula Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary of making Czech music. Jodie Mikula originally organized the Jodie Mikula Orchestra in 1967. Three of the original band members - Jodie's sons, Ken, Nick, and Andy - are still in the band. On December 19, 1989, Jodie Mikula passed away. The greatest tribute Jodie's family can offer to their beloved is to continue his love of music. His family knew the music must go on.

The day's activities also include a traditional May Pole Dance, Classic Car Show, and tour of the Texas Czech Village. 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.

During Slavnost, tour the TCHCC Czech Village, which includes structures from the late 1800s and early 1900s depicting what life was like for Czech Texans back then. The houses are from the Kalich, Hoelscher, Migl, and Hluchanek-Salas Families. The Hoelscher Haus is home to the Polka Lovers Club of Texas Museum, and the Kalich house serves as the Czech Music Museum of Texas. The village also includes the Hospoda (Tavern) & General Store, Zapalač Saw Mill, Janak Barn & Texas Czech Agriculture Museum, and a log crib. Take a virtual tour.

Read more about TCHCC history.