Czechs in the City: The Czech-American Experience in Cleveland

Trip to the Bohemian National Hall | March 19, 2009

Last night the class was able to visit the Historic Bohemian National Hall on Broadway in Cleveland, OH. We were able to get a wonderful tour of the building and see that breathe taking artwork. After our tour we had the pleasure of listening to Steve Sebesta.

Steve put together a wonderful presentation on the Czech people in Cleveland. He explained to us the time periods when migration was high and the time periods when migration was a little lower. There was a lot of Czech people who came to the Cleveland area in the late 1800s and the early 1900s before WWI. Some of them came to the United States to work on the farms but when they traveled through Cleveland they found jobs as barrel makers (which was one of their trades) and settled in Cleveland where they formed small communities and built churches.

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