On Sunday, I visited the SPJST Lodge 47 at Seaton Star Hall. The youth met first and for such a small community, I was really surprised at how many were there. What a great group!
Veronika Ratajrkal And Pavel Jurecek
Veronika Ratajrkal and Pavel Jurecek* are students at Masaryk University in Brno, Moravia, Czech Republic. They stopped by the museum while visiting their friends in Waco during Christmas week. They both studied here in Texas a few years ago at McLennan Community College, but had never visited the Czech Heritage Museum.
Both Veronika and Pavel had relatives who had emigrated from Czechoslovakia to the U.S. before WWII and hoped to find some record of them in our library. We weren't able to find information for Pavel, but Veronika found her relatives, including an address listed that is occupied by her family members to this day! She called her father in the Czech Republic, who has been researching the family's history. She said, "This will be the best Christmas present for him!"
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Celeste Banda volunteered at the Museum a few summers ago, while an undergrad at the University of Texas at Austin. She is now working on her master's at Charles University, Prague and stopped in over Christmas to catch us up on her exciting life! She is pictured here with a Josef A. Lada triptych in our gallery.
Ronnie Macek came to the Museum recently and told us that his grandmother, Mary Janacek, had donated her wedding dress to the museum many years ago. Not only did we find the dress, but we also located an original photograph of his father, Joe Hacek, which Ronnie had never seen!
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