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"Czechs in Chicago: A Home in the Heartland" Presentation and April General Meeting

  • Cafe Prague 6710 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL, 60634 United States (map)

Our presentation for the evening will feature Susan Marcinkus and Larry Jacobs, the producers of "Czechs in Chicago: A Home in the Heartland" documentary film project

The film will be a 90 minute piece for PBS TV about the Czech immigrant experience in Chicago -- how the Czech Community helped build and shape Chicago, and what Chicago did, in turn, to shape and empower them, over a century and a half of turbulent times. We'll see how the Bohemians worked together, despite differences, to succeed in a new land; and their ongoing efforts to preserve their cultural heritage and identity in the face of successful assimilation.

There's some good news for the project in that the filmmakers have recently received a $30,000 Matching Funds grant that will allow them to cover the lion's share of their expenses to finish the documentary, once they raise the matching funds.