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Czech Village & Museum
30 16th Ave. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
319-362-8500
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Rick's homecoming trip ended with a visit to a part of Cedar Rapids he had never seen before, or at least didn't remember seeing, which brings up the question: is it nostalgia if it's new to you? Said area is known as Czech Village, a couple of blocks of buildings with vaguely Czech-Slovak architectural details settled by immigrants from the region.

There is a nice museum with an average permanent exhibit that attempts to cover a complicated millennium of the history of the Slavs both at home and here in the US post-immigration. When the Velvet Revolution is reduced to an office sized cubicle of space, you know the information is considerably truncated. Still, it's a decent overview, even if Mary kept wondering if the Hungarian POV (see if you can guess her heritage) was getting some kind of nationalism-based short shrift.

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