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The Czech Center Museum Houston is a 501(c)3 non-profit education and cultural arts organization in Houston, Texas. Although our primary focus is Czech-Slovak heritage, we also try to serve as a catalyst for discussion of anyone's heritage. Additionally, our Museum building is built in the style of a beautiful Baroque Palace, outfitted for events of almost any kind. As an organization we are seventeen years old, and are proud to be a part of Houston's eighteen fine museums in the Museum District.

Celebrate St. Nicholas Eve with the Czech Center Museum Houston

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Saint Nicholas Eve    St. Nicholas Eve Brochure

This Annual Event with visit by St. Nicholas and his cohorts the angel and devil be held as always on December 6th featuring a Christmas Bazaar. Come celebrate with a Holiday dinner repast, a seasonal punch and a Cash Bar of Czech Beers & Wines. Draw from the spirit of Houston’s 104 Heritages – Czech Slovak, German, Polish, English, Spanish and others Christmas Music and a visit by Intrepid Svaty Mikulas, his Sidekicks the sweet Angel (anděl) & incorrigible Devil (ďábel).

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Enjoy this evening at the Czech Center Museum Houston Decorated in Moravian Stars and twinkling lights of the magnificent Bohemian chandeliers.

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Who was Saint Nicholas?

The story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, born during the third century in the village of Patara. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor”, Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering/ He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop pf Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children and his concern for sailors and ships. The Roman Emperor ruthlessly persecuted Christians so he suffered for his faith, exiled and imprisoned. St. Nicholas is Patron of Seamen, the Protector of Children & Ferrymen.

Date: Wednesday, December 6th 

Time: from 6:30PM until 8:30PM

Admission :$35 for adults & $10 for children (the price includes a full dinner, a child’s gift & complimentary Valet Parking)  Ticket Website 

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Thank you for being part at our Annual GALA

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Czech Center Museum Houston (CCMH), I would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks for the community’s support of Czech Center Museum’s Annual Gala. We are grateful for the generosity of our Annual Gala guests, volunteers and Texas businesses for making this event a success.
The Czech Center Museum Houston cannot continue – or grow – its outreach to the community through exhibits, programs, and educational experiences without your support.
Over the last year, your philanthropy has achieved so much. Your participation and gifts have allowed the museum to recover from Harvey.
Your generosity has also prompted tremendous steps forward in the preservation and management of the museum’s collection. Lastly, it allows the museum to offer our community special family programs, free education & student workshops.
At this year’s awards dinner Ms. Beryl Hogshead, educator, patron for the humanitarian efforts throughout the city recognized for living the mission of the Czech Center Museum in the local community. We extend our gratitude to this year’s lead sponsors & donors, Theoron R. Holladay, Sr. & Kyle Timmerman with Parkway Advisors L.P. and SPJST.

Czech Center Museum Houston’s Gala would not be possible without the support of the Museum’s Volunteers, including Virginia Stoner, Eva-Maria Campo, Carol Vacca, Marie Mann, Juana Wilson, Miranda Ruzinsky, Ezgi Janicek, Katherine Santiago-Martinez, Sheida Pebdani and Brianna Bruckner, for their help and service.
We will continue to build on the year’s successes with the support of our friends and community with a renewed commitment to the Czech Center Museum Houston over the months ahead. There’s so much more we can accomplish if we do it together, and the need within our community for museum experiences and access is great.
Thank you again for your commitment to this beloved Cultural institution. I look forward to stewarding the museum’s mission with each of you during the months and years ahead.

— Best regards, Effie Rosene, CEO, Czech Center Museum Houston.

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It was an unique evening with wonderful music, dance, tasteful food, a joyful atmosphere and celebration.

 

 

Life Tango Music, Dance performances, Wine, Traditional Empanadas & Helping the museum in the same time!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsawZV9ByH4

Get your ticket now and pay just $25 for life music, tango performances, wine & traditional empanadas!

By getting a ticket you don’t help just the artists but especially the museum and its cultural free student programs. Enjoy music & dance and do something good at the same time! We appreciate your help!

https://www.houstonvenues.org/feliz-cumparsita-tango-concert/

Learn more about Vedem – The Secret Underground Magazine in the Terezin Ghetto

August 14 through November 30, 2017
Pilsen Hall

Vedem, a multimedia art exhibition, deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest running magazine in any Nazi camp.

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Come visit the the Vedem Exhibit at the Czech Center Museum.

On view: September 12th, 2017  to November 30th, 2017

Vedem’s magazine’s lessons of artistic activism will inspire today’s teens! It’s a chance to use creative means to explore their identity while driving change in their own communities.

Vedem Underground : The Secret Boys Magazine deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Using a combination of pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and the prose and poetry of teenage prisoners in the Terezin Ghetto, the exhibit breaks down the 83 weekly issues totaling the 800 pages of Vedem (“In The Lead” in Czech”), then reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine.

Through the exhibit, Vedem, which was produced from 1942-44, is recreated as the original ‘zine (hand made magazine), complete with “Masthead,” “Mission,” “Newsroom,” “Printing Press” and “Circulation” sections as well as panels dedicated to subject matter such as “Columns,” “Features,” “Humor” and “News and Editorial” panels.

Vedem Underground enlarges the intimate scale of the original publication while mixing and matching works of art with poetry and prose to create a collage in which Vedem is reinterpreted as a work of artistic activism that remains as relevant today as it did more than 70 years ago.

The Vedem Underground multimedia project examines the historic, cultural and artistic legacy of Vedem, a teen-authored magazine that was the only underground publication to be regularly produced by young Nazi concentration camp prisoners.

Vedem Underground teaches an invaluable lesson that transcends religion, age and eras to secondary-school and college students. Students are able to see how young activists inside the Terezin ghetto fearlessly fought anti-Semitism using their creative expression.

 FREE WORKSHOPS & CLASSES AVAILABLE!

Students participate in journalism workshop that concludes with student creations of hand-made magazines (‘zines).

The workshop is designed to teach middle- through college students both the historic context of Vedem and the art of creating a ‘zine, or hand- made magazine, as a symbol of creative expression, and a way to explore one’s identity through socially-engaged creativity.

They will conclude the course showcasing their work for the community with a ‘zine pop-up exhibit, where they will share ideas and trade their ‘zines.

FOR MORE INFO CALL 713-528-2060 or email development@czechcenter.org

 

Thank you for making Vedem unique

What a wonderful evening we had at the Czech Center Museum Houston on October 6th.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this joyous occasion in introducing the Vedem Exhibit and to our important guests  who traveled from out of town to be honored for their heroic efforts. Thank you to Andrew Feustal and his wife for taking part in the ceremony of handing off a copy of Petr Ginz’s drawing to be taken up to space by Dr. Feustel himself next year.

Two Holocaust survivors Chaja Verveer & Ben Wasserman from the Terezin Concentration Camp were able to attend and help tell their amazing story of hardship and determination during WWII.

Thank you to Sally Miller as well as the CCMH Board of Directors, who brought this exhibit to the museum and made this unique event possible. Thank you to the volunteers who helped set up for this occasion and have dedicated their time and effort into making this exhibit extra special for the museum.

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Thank you very much everyone!

Learn more about the Secret Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto “Vedem”

August 14 through November 30, 2017
Pilsen Hall

Vedem, a multimedia art exhibition, deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest running magazine in any Nazi camp.

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Come visit the the Vedem Exhibit at the Czech Center Museum.

On view: September 12th, 2017  to November 30th, 2017

 

Vedem’s magazine’s lessons of artistic activism will inspire today’s teens! It’s a chance to use creative means to explore their identity while driving change in their own communities.

Vedem Underground : The Secret Boys Magazine deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Using a combination of pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and the prose and poetry of teenage prisoners in the Terezin Ghetto, the exhibit breaks down the 83 weekly issues totaling the 800 pages of Vedem (“In The Lead” in Czech”), then reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine.

Through the exhibit, Vedem, which was produced from 1942-44, is recreated as the original ‘zine (hand made magazine), complete with “Masthead,” “Mission,” “Newsroom,” “Printing Press” and “Circulation” sections as well as panels dedicated to subject matter such as “Columns,” “Features,” “Humor” and “News and Editorial” panels.

Vedem Underground enlarges the intimate scale of the original publication while mixing and matching works of art with poetry and prose to create a collage in which Vedem is reinterpreted as a work of artistic activism that remains as relevant today as it did more than 70 years ago.

The Vedem Underground multimedia project examines the historic, cultural and artistic legacy of Vedem, a teen-authored magazine that was the only underground publication to be regularly produced by young Nazi concentration camp prisoners.

Vedem Underground teaches an invaluable lesson that transcends religion, age and eras to secondary-school and college students. Students are able to see how young activists inside the Terezin ghetto fearlessly fought anti-Semitism using their creative expression.

 FREE WORKSHOPS & CLASSES AVAILABLE!

Students participate in journalism workshop that concludes with student creations of hand-made magazines (‘zines).

The workshop is designed to teach middle- through college students both the historic context of Vedem and the art of creating a ‘zine, or hand- made magazine, as a symbol of creative expression, and a way to explore one’s identity through socially-engaged creativity.

They will conclude the course showcasing their work for the community with a ‘zine pop-up exhibit, where they will share ideas and trade their ‘zines.

FOR MORE INFO CALL 713-528-2060 or email development@czechcenter.org