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Czech Museum a Great Boon for Cedar Rapids

Mel Holubar

The Gazette

April 16, 2006

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    Although I was not involved in the activity that was responsible for the location and building of the present National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, I have worked there as a volunteer for the past four years and have become aware of the importance of those responsible who foresaw just what this museum has become, a very attractive tourist destination.

    What vision they had in placing this museum near Czech Village, which is now undergoing an extensive $1 million spruce up. Nearby stores feature a Czech restaurant, bakery, meat market, shops, etc., that are very popular.

    Some 30,000 people visit this museum on a yearly basis and come from 50 states and many countries. Imagine the revenue this generates for the entire Czech Village and Cedar Rapids businesses. Visitors marvel at this beautiful building. In addition to the variety of exhibits and extensive library, the dedicated, kind, informative and professional staff of the museum add to this proud attraction in Cedar Rapids.

    My great-great-grandfather was among the first immigrants to settle in this area in 1855. Four generations later, Iím here continuing to represent my heritage as well as my daughter and grandson. Could new visionaries come forward in the future with ideas that could even add to what exists today?
    Mel Holubar