For our Czech Genealogy and Culture, Czech Slavnosti is priceless
Every one of us who work on our Czech genealogy and family history know how challenging it is to keep the traditions, stories, culture, and heritage of our Czech ancestors alive in our lives.
While some of us (like me) turn to writing about it, Stephen (Steve) Ourecky decided to take a different approach. He bought a newspaper, Czech Slavnosti! and he publishes an issue every other month. Now that is what I call taking action!
Coming from a Czech family in Wilber, Nebraska, Steve is continuing the publishing of this wonderful newspaper filled with everything, and all things, Czech. Begun in 2008 by Tim Linscott as a supplement to the Wilber Republican newspaper, Steve bought it when it was put up for sale and the rest, as they say, is history – or in this case history in the making.
The title of the newspaper covers what Steve puts into each issue. For those who may not speak or read Czech, the title Czech Slavnosti is translated as “Czech Celebrations” and when you couple this with the byline of “Americans Celebrating Their Czech Heritage” you get the real feel for what you are about to read in each issue.
As an example, the most recent issue (July/August 2015) features a cover story on the 54th Annual Czech Festival in Wilber, Nebraska and the 2015 Czech Queen candidates from across the United States (Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Texas, and Kansas). And that isn’t all there is.
The paper features sections on Czech news, Czech history, Festivals, Czech music, Czech genealogy and family history, Czech travel, and Czech food. Each section is chockfull of articles and perhaps best of all load and loads of photographs.
It seems Steve must have a ‘hotline’ to Czechs and Czech organizations in every corner and coast of the United States with his lists of upcoming Czech events spanning our country.
Steve only charges $18.00 for a year’s subscription if you are in the States and in my estimation it is worth way over that. Heck, a lot of folks I know spend that kind of money in Starbucks in a couple of months, let alone over a year! You can find the online subscription form and information by clicking right here.
While it is true we live in a time of what many, including myself, say is bordering on ‘information overload’, I look forward to every issue of Czech Slavnosti and pore over it the day it arrives.
In all fairness, I should say here while I am one of the contributing writers for Czech Slavnosti, but I have no financial interest in the paper. In my regular writing routine, it is hard for me to find anything I enjoy more than when I get going on an article for Czech Slavnosti.
With so few regular resources for us Czech-aholics to get our fill from, Czech Slavnosti is a dream come true. Steve O. may be the publisher and editor, but if you have Czech roots, it is truly our newspaper!
If you subscribe you know what I mean and if you don’t (yet) I’d just reiterate that old advertisement, which used to say “Try it! You’ll like it!”