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

Stan Hywet Symposium | September 27, 2009

The third weekend in September provided great opportunity for Dr. Stith, Cassidy, myself and the project. We presented at the Second Annual Stan Hywet Symposium at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens (http://www.stanhywet.org/). The 2009 symposium theme, “Models of Change: Keeping the Doors Open” focused on innovative ways for house museums, institutions, and interpretive exhibits alike to remain successful in the current economic downturn and in the future. Presentations included sustainability efforts, technological advancements, and programming initiatives like ours. “Czeching It Out: A Study in Community Outreach” explained our class progress thus far and detailed the five programming events identified by the summer program management class. Audience responses and reactions were very supportive, commenting on the exceptional opportunity UC has to be able to collaborate as a whole to complete the project and how opportune it is for the students to be able to take the lead designing the project from A to Z.

Aside from attending sessions, we were treated to a 1920’s style reception complete with first person interpretation of friends of the Seiberling family (the former builders and owners of Stan Hywet),

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a “Nooks and Crannies” tour of the house,

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 and a ghost tour of the property. We also had the chance to play in plaster!

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The symposium is not a large event, but the exchange of ideas, knowledge and connections provides great opportunity for field professionals across the board.

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Greetings! I hope you find our site engaging. We are working on a Czech-American public history project and trying to find out about as much Czech culture as we can. I am working on this project as a graduate student of Historic Preservation and enjoy uncovering the traditions of past and making the connections to the present. - M.Ogle

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