Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition
|Me and my baby... the Texas Czechs exhibit|
at Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria.
|Vic Patek and Friday's ruzicky (rosettes.)|
Though my passion is traditional food, Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition captures the full breadth of activities and traditions in the Texas Czech community in the 21st century. It's comprised of photo-montage panels, photographs, artifacts, and short documentary films shown in a multi-media “station.” The topics of the panels and films do include food, but also taroky, (a Czech card game), music, church picnics, language, community celebrations, food, Sokol, folk singing and more. Lori, the PolkaWorks team, and I traveled the state interviewing, researching, photographing, and filming people and events since fall 2012. No wonder we're worn out!
|Tex-Czech-Mex panel discussion at MCB. Photo: Lori Najvar.|
There are other public programs planned in conjunction with the exhibit, all free:
- October 9 - Gather-Capture-Share: Documenting Family Stories in the Digital Age
- November 6 - Texas Czech music program
- December 6 - St. Nicholas' Day Christmas program
Won't you celebrate Czech Heritage Month by going to see the exhibit? While in Victoria, we're displaying Alfred Vrazel's first accordion. That piece of Texas Czech musical history is worth seeing by itself! If you can't make it to Victoria, watch my blog or Twitter feed (@svacinaproject) for notice of where the exhibit will be next.
|Panoramic of the exhibit at MCB. Photo: Dougal Cormie.|
The exhibit is supported by Humanities Texas, KJT-Catholic Union of Texas, KJZT-Catholic Family Fraternal of Texas, and in Victoria by the Victoria County Czech Heritage Society, the Spoetzl Brewery, and MCB.