National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

The NCSML in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, preserves, presents, and transcends unique stories of Czech and Slovak history and culture through innovative experiences and active engagement to reach cross-cultural audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Meredith Hines-Dochterman
Director of Marketing and Communications

Dr. Cecilia Rokusek
President and CEO

Stefanie Kohn

Teresa Stenstrup
Director of Outreach and Innovation

Sarah Henderson
Associate Director of Lifelong Learning

Traveling Exhibits

The NCSML has eight traveling exhibits on a variety of topics, from famous Czech- and Slovak-Americans, to the
Tragedy of Slovak Jews.


Arts, Culture and Social Change
This is a set of lessons for high school students based on the dramatic 20th century history of Czechoslovakia and
its culture of dissent, from the 1968 Prague Spring invasion and its aftermath, through the Chapter 77 movement,
to the 1989 Velvet Revolution. 68.77.89 provides a set of 12 learning activities in 4 modules that meet Common
Core, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate standards. The activities can be used as a set designed
to be used together, or in single modules as free-standing lessons.

Maňa: One Girl’s Story

Maňa: One Girl’s Story  is a project created to help 2nd-4th grade educators teach immigration, community development, and about life long ago. Lesson plans are available for classrooms both near and far. The lessons use a variety of teaching methods and may be used in social studies, mathematics, art, physical education, reading, writing, and music classes. Educational materials align with Common Core standards.

Speaker’s Bureau

man at a podium speaking to an audience

The NCSML Speakers’ Bureau has a wide variety of topics and presentations to share with the public, and our staff are more than glad to work with organizations, clubs, churches and schools to bring our offerings to your