The Czech Heritage Club has no physical boundaries. It is open to anyone who is interested
in preserving and promoting Czech culture; no matter his or her heritage or where they live.

Our organization originated in April 2002 as an outgrowth of the Czech Language and
Culture classes. Marian Topic taught these classes in the New Prague community. Since that time, the group has grown from a social club, to an organization involved in its community.

In 2007 by-laws were developed.
The Club is a 501C-3 organization (Incorporated in 2016) with members
actively promoting Czech heritage through different events.
We now have a Facebook Page!
Please go to Facebook and click on "Join Group" to get updates about Czech Happenings
Czech Heritage MN

December 2021 Christmas Party

 What is a Czech?
He's Everything happy in the world with a smile on his face.
He's everything fine in the world with a song in his heart.
His is hope with a laugh on his lips.
He's tomorrow with a twinkle in his eye.
His is quick to forgive.
His eyes dance at the sight of a pretty girl.
His feet tap to pretty tunes.
His heart sobs at sorrow.
Yes, His is Czech!

A Czech carries a bit of his homeland with him wherever he goes - wherever he stands that bit of ground is a little bit of Czechoslovakia.
He has filtered out from his homeland and carried the secret of happy laughter the length and breadth of the world.
He has fought other peoples wars, tamed other peoples seas.
But wherever he has settled, he incoclated his neighbors with his quick laugh and happy heart and his spirit with a fine capacity of enjoying life.
And he gave us this special holiday.
We are here today, yes, soon your neighbors and friends will borrow a bit of the Czechoslovakian zest and spirit and become a little Czech too.
Soon you can see there is a little bit of Czechoslovakian in all of us today.

Taken from the Fraternal Herald

2021-22 exciting news
- Club member John Chromy has written
A Lay person's guide to the History of the Bohemian/Czech people
click here to download or read it
- We are based out of New Prague and their Historical Society has a new web site

We received a donation of several pieces of Kroj from various places in Bohemia.
She is also sending a collection of postcards depicting Bohemian costumes. Both will be used in the display we are planning for 2021 at the Montgomery Arts and Heritage Center

Thank you Mary

New Book to be Released – January 2022

MINNESOTA’S “BIG WOODS” MUSICIANS: A Narrative on the Rich Tradition of Music in the Culture and Life of the People Who Emigrated from South Bohemia to the Communities in and Around NewPrague, Minnesota

This book, researched and authored by Czech Heritage Club member Sr. Anita Smisek, OP with narrative assistance from John Chromy (also a member) tells the amazing story of how the immigrants that came from the farming villages and towns of southern Bohemia brought
with them their love of music, and how the playing and singing music made bearable the hard work of clearing trees, building homes and creating farms in the “Big Woods” of south central Minnesota in the late 19th century

Click here for a longer description of the book.

January Book Signing
January 17th - Monday at the New Prague Library, 6 - 9 p.m.
January 18th - Tuesday at the Montgomery Library, 2 - 5 p.m.
January 19th Wednesday at the Lonsdale Library, 1 - 3 p.m.

Meet the authors and have your book signed
Stay and visit and enjoy some company and Czech Pastry

 - New items for sale:
Window Stickers
Jak se máš? 2x9 inches  $4
Czech Flag 3x4 inches    $5
Czech Flag Pin
1 x 3/4 inch $5

Download order form here


 2022 Club Meetings:
7 pm usually on the second Tuesday or Wednesday night
Watch the New Prague/Montgomery/Lonsdale newspapers for updates and details
Everyone is welcome to attend!
We are always looking for new members
Is there is an area of Czech culture you might be interested in?
Please let us know and will try to schedule a speaker


January - Book signing - MINNESOTA’S “BIG WOODS” MUSICIANS
January 17, 2022 at the New Prague Library, 6 - 9 p.m.
January 18, 2022 at the Montgomery Library, 2 - 5 p.m.
January 19, 2022 at the Lonsdale Library, 1 - 3 p.m.

February -

March - Czech Easter Egg painting

April - Nettles and Mushroom picking

May - We will have booths at various events

June - The Czech Baker

July - We will booths at various local events

August - We will have booths at various local events

September - Annual Pot Luck Picnic and membership Drive

October - Czech History

November -
Czech Card Games

December TBD - Annual Christmas party


2022 Events:
We will wait and see what develops, but if possible will have a booth
at these events and will usually have
Kolacky and Zelniky for sale

May 1st - May Day in Montgomery
May 17th - Spring into Lonsdale street Fair 5-8 PM

July 9th - Faribault Internationsl Festival

July 23rd - We will have a booth at Kolacky Days, Montgomery
July 27-31 - Scott County Fair

August 4th - We will have a booth at Czech Out New Prague
August 13th - We will have a booth at Lonsdale Community Days , Lonsdale
August - We will have a booth at the Le Sueur County Fair , Le Center

September 17th - We will have a booth at Dozinky Days, New Prague

Check the calendar section for other yearly events

Czech Heritage Club

  Our Mission

* Preserve Czech culture in our communities
* Educate the public about our culture
* Adopt customs not currently in use in our area
* Support other communities in their efforts of preservation and education.
* Instill pride in our heritage


We are always looking for members and volunteers to help with our various events

 Active membership dues are:
$15 individual per year / $40 Individual and supporting membership
$65 Individual and Gold supporting membership
$25 Family per year / $50 Family and supporting membership
$75 Family and Gold supporting membership
$25 Supporting Member / $50 Gold supporting membership

Note: Supporting members can choose to be listed on our web site

Fill out form and mail with your check to

Czech Heritage Club
PO Box 163
New Prague, MN 56071
Our short business meetings include a program, and social time with refreshments. Some of the programs we have presented are:

Czech movies, Czech kroj (costumes), Czech music and composers, Czech crystal, glass and porcelain, literature by Czech authors, Easter customs, display of wood carving, genealogy, harvest time, springtime maple syrup, sing-a-long by New Prague Czech singers, Czech bead factories, History of Veseli, MN, Polk-Of-A, History of the Concertina, Post cards from the past and much more...
Thank you to our Supporting Members:
Jean & Edward Keogh
George Mikiska
Mary Jane Miller
Jerre Richter
Fred Simon
Tom Kajer
Arts & Heritage Center - Montgomery

Lonsdale Chamber of Commerce
Montgomery Chamber of Commerce
Kolacky Days - Montgomery Area Community Club

Thank you to our Gold Supporting Members:
Tom Chromy
John Chromy
Marit Lee Kucera - Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic for MN, IA, ND and SD
Dr. Jeremy Tupy
Bob & Mary Vanasek
Mary Lynn Gross

Current Czech Heritage Club Officers & Board Positions

We are into the fifth printing - Many thanks to
MVEC Operation Roundup
for a grant for this reprinting
" A Taste of Czech Tradition"
Get your copy now of this popular cookbook by mail
They will also be available at our yearly events listed above
or at these local stores
Humble Pie New Prague
Lau's Bakery New Prague
Franke's Bakery Montgomery
Lonsdale Chamber Lonsdale
Arts and Heritage Center Montgomery

Our cookbook has just been featured on
A blog about everything Bohemian
This page features our cookbook

Fund Raising Opportunity

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