King and Queen of the Polka!

Stanley and Betty Nemec were recently crowned 2017 King and Queen by P.o.L.K. of A Texas Chapter 1. If you've never seen these two on the dance floor, you have missed out!!! They are frequently featured in showcase performances at In The Mood Ballroom in Temple. These two are always a crowd favorite! They bring high energy, they are skilled dancers and the sparks are always flying with these two lovebirds. But, the best thing to see is that they are just having so much fun! Congrats, Stanley and Betty! 

Stanley and Betty Nemec of Temple were crowned  P.o.L.K. of A Texas Chapter 1 as 2017 King and Queen recently. 

Stanley and Betty Nemec of Temple were crowned P.o.L.K. of A Texas Chapter 1 as 2017 King and Queen recently. 

Find Yourself Here!

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

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. 

Celeste Banda stopped in to see the Josef A. Lada exhibit and catch up with staff. 

Celeste Banda stopped in to see the Josef A. Lada exhibit and catch up with staff. 

He found his Family Heirlooms here

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!