Please take note of this important call for input! You could be part of a phenomenal undertaking for the future of Czech-American genealogy and history!
Mila is doing amazing work here and deserves all our support!
If you have any ideas, send them on or post them as comments here and I will insure your suggestions get to Mila!
Encyclopedia of Bohemian and Czech-American Biography
Past SVU President Míla Rechcigl, for years, has been diligently working on a long-term, to date the most ambitious SVU project yet, preparing a comprehensive and up to date Czech American Biography.
It is a tremendous and unparalleled undertaking which, when finished, will comprise several thousand biographies of notable American personalities with Czech roots, starting from the time the first Czech put his foot on American soil to date. The planned encyclopedic VADE MECUM, reflecting enduring contributions of our countrymen to the development of the US, Canada and Latin America will be not only an invaluable tool for all researchers and students of Czech-American history, but also a carte blanche for the Americas, as well as for the Czech Republic, which considers Czech-Americans as their own and as a part of its magnificent cultural history.
In contrast to the traditional Who’s Whos that are quite impersonal, telegraphic in style, terse, full of abbreviations which make them hard to read, and frankly unpalatable, if not boring, Míla Rechcigl has chosen an encyclopedic style with a flowing narrative to make biographies more interesting and pleasure to read. For easier use, instead of alphabetical arrangement, he is organizing this monumental endeavor into specific sections of various facets and areas of human endeavor, covering business, religion, government & politics, law, music, dramatic art, visual art, creative writing, publishing, media, education, activism & reform, the humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences & mathematics, engineering, medicine, military, exploration, espionage, sports, modeling, and recreation. The publication will, of course, have an alphabetical index as well.
Inasmuch as the manuscript is rapidly approaching its completion, to assure its completeness, Dr. Rechcigl would welcome additional suggestions of significant individuals for possible inclusion in any one of the areas mentioned above. This is the last chance for the deserving SVU members and other noted personalities with the Czech roots to be included! There are no fiscal obligations.
H.E. Petr Gandalovič, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States, as well as myself, in my capacity as President of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), wholeheartedly, are supporting this effort and urge our readers to send, as soon as possible, the names of deserving individuals to Dr. Rechcigl, via the following e-mail: email@example.com. Be sure to include the person’s place and year of birth, as well as death (if applicable). Short biographies would be welcome.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
SCOPE of the ENCYCLOPEDIA
To give the readers an idea of the magnitude of the work, below is a General Outline
- Community Leadership
- Government & Politics
VIII. Dramatic Art
- Visual Art
- Creative Writing
- Publishing, Printing, Editing
XIV. Activism, Reform, Anarchism
- The Humanities
XVI. Social Sciences
XVII. Biological Sciences
XVIII. Physical Sciences & Mathematics
XXI. Allied Health Sciences
XXII. Agricultural and Food Sciences
Each of the above sections is subdivided into subsections, as shown in an illustrative example of the Music section below
- Band Leaders
- Violinists, Violists
- Cellists, Contrabassists
- Wind Instrument Players
- Accordion Players
- Opera Singers
- Folk and Jazz Singers and Musicians
- Musicologists and Music Historians
- Music Critics
J Music Publishers
- Music Makers