Czech Finances & a New Store

According to Reuters, although some Czech Banks might suffer losses, overall the Czech bank system should be able to “withstand all projected scenarios.”  The reason for Czech banks’ ability to survive the current international recession without  bailout or collapse is the “country’s high levels of savings, high capital adequacy, very small holdings of toxic assets and small borrowing in foreign currencies.”  (http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/feedarticle/8560688)

Czech National Bank in Prague
Czech National Bank in Prague

Unfortunately, this good news for the banks does not extend to the manufacturing sector in the Czech Republic where unemployment has currently risen by 20,064 job seekers since February.  That is a 112,615 increase in job seekers from this same time, March 31,  last year.

This image, from the Prague Post, shows geographic unemployment trends in the Czech Republic.
This image, from the Prague Post, shows geographic unemployment trends in the Czech Republic.

On a lighter note but along the same vein of responses to the current economic climate, the Czech Center Museum Houston is seeing some good headway on the Annex Building located directly behind us at 4917 Fannin.  Just this morning Merck Construction came to install a new ceiling, which will embellish the overall look of the interior.  We are almost there!

The Center purchased the property for future expansion however in the meantime must find a more productive use for the property.  It was proposed to and approved by the Board of Directors to use the building to establish an upscale antiques, vintage, new and used retail shop.  Many have said how apropos this is to the present economic times.

We are of course dependent on donations for our inventory, so if you have any collectibles, china, pottery, antiques, select clothes, jewelry, books, toys, household items, tools, yard and garden furniture or tools in good condition do let us know.  Upon doing this, an IRS document will be forwarded to you.

Keep checking back for pictures so that you can see our progress (unfortunately I forgot my camera today…).

Thanks!

Little Updates

Just a portion of our beautiful giftshop
Just a portion of our beautiful giftshop

Of interest to anyone interested in beautiful things is the Czech Center’s Father’s Day Sale going on from now until June 30.  We’re open Monday-Saturday 10-4, so please do visit us at the Prague International Giftshop.  Hopefully in the future you’ll be able to find some of our merchandise for sale online, however there are no specific plans of action at this time.

Czech crystal, popularly considered to be some of the finest quality crystal in the world, dates back to at least the early Renaissance and some claim as early as the 2nd century.  Bohemian crystal enjoyed international success until the early 19th century when English lead crystal flooded the market.  It wasn’t until Czech glassmakers decided to reestablish the glory of handmade, handcut Bohemian glass, that they were able to fight back.

CCMH-Czech us out!

Hello!  Well we had to get that overt play on words out of the way first off.  As you can see in our “About us” section, the Czech Center Museum Houston is a beautiful, unique place that serves to celebrate and explore Czech heritage for the benefit of visitors from all over, but specifically in Texas.

Czech Center Museum Houston, a Baroque Palace in Houston's Museum District
Czech Center Museum Houston, a Baroque Palace in Houston's Museum District
Christiana Gentry, named Miss Harris County Czech-Slovak Queen 2008, is a member of the CCMH!
Christiana Gentry, named Miss Harris County Czech-Slovak Queen 2008, is a member of the CCMH!

There are more than one million people in Texas with Czech and Slovak heritage and we feel that they should know about where they come from.  This is also a place for people who are not of Czech or Slovak heritage to become informed on a fascinating culture that has shaped a lot of our lives.

This blog will feature information about the CCMH including events and projects we have from concerts to weddings, AS WELL AS  fun tidbits of information on Czech Culture, thus expanding our mission to include a wider audience on the world wide web.

One of our most exciting projects right now is an opera we plan to be involved in with the main character being the infamous King Wenceslas.  Venceslas is being composed by a grand supporter of ours and man of infinite talents, Board Member Robert Dvorak.

The Good King Wenceslas: immortalized in contemporary times in a Christmas carol, expanded upon in our opera!
The Good King Wenceslas: Patron of the Czech lands, immortalized in contemporary times in a Christmas carol, expanded upon in our opera!

The libretto is written by John Kaiser, also a man of abundant talent judging from his current draft of the script for the opera.

The story of Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia in the early 10th century,  is one begging to be made into a dramatic opera.  Featuring a clash between Christianity and paganism, familial betrayal, murder, deceit and revenge, it’s a classic tale drama with much tragedy.

Preserving and celebrating Czech and Slovak heritage with the goal of promoting a global community