Map your heritage abroad

Staying in touch with our Czech & Slovak heritage in the USA.

Since KITnDO launched its feature PLACES, we created a special category within it named “Heritage”. We thought it could be very useful for people to have somewhere to record certains happenings important for their community of compatriots living abroad and memories of their ancestors. Isn’t interesting to learn that some particular places used to have an important significance although many times there is no more mark of their history there? And, how fascinating is to see how those places looked before and compare to how they look today. While few addresses have been listed under this category, things are presently moving for Czech and Slovak cultures.

Our team has been joined by Martin Nekola Ph.D. whose role is highlighting historical facts and sharing pictures of places linked to Czech (and a little bit to Slovak) heritage around the World. In fact, Martin is a specialist on the…

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Happy St. Nick’s Day from Prague

Today is St. Nick’s Day according to the Czech calendar. St. Nick with the “cert” heads out into the streets and the households to find out if the kids have been good or bad.

In the rare case scenario of having been bad, the kids get coal from the “cert.” If they’ve been good, they get candy. The “certs” were sometimes really scary, and the little ones cried.

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Happy holiday season 2021

Stastne svatky

I would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season 2021. To me, it’s a special time of the year to be cherished as we make our preparations for Christmas while remembering our loved ones.

I always get homesick around the first Sunday of Advent, when I realize that the season is upon us, as the altar boys light the first purple candle on the wreath at the church.

It reminds me that this busy season is not just about shopping and holiday parties, but it’s a time to spend with the family. That’s why I decided to bake this year with our granddaughter Josephine Palova. Other than traditional Czech Christmas cookies, we will make the famous Czech dessert called “rakvicka.”

Mom Ella got me the molds and the recipe for this mouth-watering dessert filled with whipped cream. If you are interested email us, and I will share it in my holiday series blog posts.

Mom also made kolache for us for Thanksgiving that I usually freeze, and put them on the Christmas Eve table.

Tidbits from Czech Republic

Lighting of the lamps on Charles Bridge

If you are as nostalgic as I am browse through the museum’s Christmas selection and buy yourself or a friend a Czech gift that will benefit the museum, and your spirit as well.


Little Mole Christmas puzzle

This Czech classic is a 40-piece puzzle.



Happy 103rd birthday to former Czechoslovakia

The sovereign country of Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic & Slovakia) emerged on Oct. 28, 1918, after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during World War I. On that day, the Czechoslovak National Council in Prague proclaimed its independence.

Referred to as the First Republic it existed from 1918 to 1938 when it ceded Sudetenland to Germany as part of the Munich Agreement.

The second republic lasted only half a year until the rest of Czechoslovakia was occupied by Germany in 1939.

Pictured in the feature photo is the 28. rijen 1918 rally of the people on Wenceslas Square in Prague.

Source: Wikipedia

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The museum needs a new sign

The Czech and Slovak Ed. Center and Cultural Museum needs a new exterior sign! Would you please consider donating towards our new exterior sign to make our museum visible and inviting from the street?

The Czech & Slovak Educational Center and Cultural Museum had to move to a new location in the spring of 2020. To meet the guidelines set by the landlord the museum cannot use the previous exterior sign and has to purchase a new one.

The Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic has been very kind in providing a very significant grant for this purpose. However, the museum needs to come up with the rest before the end of this year in order to keep the grant.

Czech Coat of Arms

The Czech & Slovak Educational Center and Cultural Museum is a non-profit museum run by volunteers, and funded through donations and proceeds of the museum gift store. The museum’s mission is to preserve and share Czech and Slovak heritage and culture in Eastern Nebraska.

To make a donation, please go can also send your donation to mailing address: Czech and Slovak Museum, 8106 S 84th St, La Vista, NE 68128.Any donation will help reach the fundraising goal! Thank you in advance for your contribution to this very important cause for the museum.

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The story of Sokol traveling exhibit

Visit the Czech and Slovak Ed. Center and Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

The brand new traveling exhibit “Twists and Turns: The story of Sokol” from the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is now on display through Oct. 14.

Browse through the museums permanent exhibits and merchandise rooms to pick up a souvenir or a gift.

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Sokol traveling exhibit

              We will also be sharing a traveling display from the National Czech Slovak Museum, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, “Twists and Turns: The Story of Sokol”. 

Traveling exhibit from the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids. It will run from Aug. 14 through Oct. 14.

Here’s a brief narrative of the display:

                             The first American Sokol unit was founded in 1865 in St. Louis, Missouri, only three years after the birth of Sokol in Prague. Gymnastics was the primary physical activity at the Sokol hall, but lectures, skits, and musical entertainment were also offered. The Sokol provided a sense of community and belonging for Czech and Slovak immigrants. This exhibit pays homage to the amazing men and women who made Sokol a part of their lives once in America.

Check out our permanent Sokol exhibit room at:

Permanent Sokol room

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Fiery Bohemian garnets and Moldavite

Bohemian garnet is a prescious stone fiery/blood red color found only in the Czech Republic.

Wearing Bohemian garnet jewelry has been a way for generations of Czech women to display their national pride.

Our museum gift shop carries Bohemian garnets set in rhodiumized silver or gold-plated silver. We now also offer jewelry with Bohemian garnets and Moldavite.

Moldavite (Vltavin in Czech) is a unique forest or olive green projectile rock that was formed during a meteorite impact.

The stone is named after the Czech river Moldau (in Czech Vltava) which flows through the capital city of Prague.

We are a nonprofit museum run by volunteers and financed by donations and our gift shop proceeds.

By purchasing Bohemian garnet jewelry from our gift store, you will not only support our museum but also the main maker of Bohemian garnet jewelry in the Czech Republic, who has been operating at reduced capacity for more than 1.5 years due to COVID-19.

We typically carry one of a kind jewelry pieces with certificates of authenticity.

Visit our museum gift store at

We ship via customer paid USPS priority mail. You can pay via PayPal or place orders on our Facebook page or give us a call at 1-402-686-9837.

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Welcome to Ahoy Blog

We are excited to present our brand new website that will take you on a heritage tour through the Czech and Slovak educational center and museum located in Omaha, Nebraska.

Our permanent exhibits feature: the Music Room, Immigration Room, the Sokol Room and Josef Lada’s artwork.

Czech folk artist Marj Nejedl has created the museum logo.

Browse through our museum gift store to pick up a souvenir or two.