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Central Iowa’s Czech-Slovak heritage reviewed

August 21, 2013
Gail Naughton, President/CEO of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, is shown during her presentation to Marshalltown’s Rotary Club Tuesday. In her remarks, Naughton told of Czech-Slovak immigrants who settled in Belle Plaine, Marshalltown and Tama, among other locales in the midwest. In Marshalltown, a Bohemian Hall was once located at the intersection of East Anson Street and Third Avenue, and he Little Bohemian tavern was directly south of the hall. Naughton also described the $11 million dollars in damage to the museum from the Iowa River flood of 2008. The museum was moved to higher ground at 1400 Inspiration Place SW. Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey, is a new permanent exhibit a the museum. The museum received the National Medal for Museum & Library Service, as did the Marshalltown Public Library in 2012. For more information, visit Naughton is the cousin of Rich Naughton of Marshalltown.


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