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

Bohemian National Hall – Dr. Steve Sebesta | April 1, 2009


Dr. Stephen Sebesta discusses the Czechs in Cleveland with the class

Dr. Stephen Sebesta discusses the Czechs in Cleveland with the class

The class on March 18 attended a tour and lecture at the Bohemian National located at 4939 Broadway Ave in Cleveland.  Dr. Steve Sebesta introduced us to the museum director Ms. Betty Hosticka to lead us on a fantastic tour of the historic building.  The building served as a hub for the Czech community of greater Cleveland, being a meeting place for clubs, societies, and organizations.  Now it is owned by the SOKOL group, an organization dedicated to the physical and mental fitness of its members.  The Bohemian National Hall, with its ornate original detail preserved because of the tedious restoration the building underwent, was build in 1896 and is listed under the National Register of Historic Places.


Dr. Sebesta followed with a lecture reviewing the history of the Czech Republic, the immigration to the United States, the history and impact on the Czechs in Cleveland.  His presentation was informative and interactive and provided plenty of useful and interesting factoids that will aide us in our research of the Czech community of Cleveland.  He is well versed in the history of the Czechs in all aspects including their European origins.  All in all, the visit was very insightful and created a lot of intrigue among the students.  Dr. Sebesta will surely be an asset to our developing exhibit.


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