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The Czech Heritage Museum’s new boudoir glass exhibit opens on Valentine’s Day

Event: Open House with free admission

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, February 14

Location: 119 W. French Ave., Temple, Texas

The Czech Heritage Museum & Genealogy Center will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14. The event celebrates a new exhibit sponsored by the Antique Glass Club of Temple, featuring early 20th century Czech boudoir glass from the collection of Rosie and Danforthe Bodien. Admission will be free during the event. 

The new exhibit will be displayed in two new cases donated to the museum by the Antique Glass Club and Carolyn Coufal.

Boudoir glass refers generally to items found on a woman’s dressing table. This collection includes perfume bottles, cologne atomizers, dresser boxes, ring trays, hat pins and figurines, all made in Czechoslovakia.

Several of the new exhibit pieces were made at the Curt Schlevogt glassworks owned by Curt Schlevogt and his son, Henry. Henry innovated a new glass technique with the appearance of marble, malachite and lapiz lazuli. Then he hired leading artists and sculptors to design his new pieces. At the 1937 Paris World’s Fair, Schlevogt’s marble-like glass was featured in ornamental sculptures by Ena Rottenberg and Josef Bernhard, winning, in part, the Grand Prize for the Czechoslovaks.  

Both art nouveau and art deco styles are represented in this collection, including the popular, “Ingrid” art deco line. Henry Schlevogt married Charlotte Hoffman, the daughter of another glass producer, Henry Hoffman. Charlotte died while giving birth to their child, Ingrid, for whom the line is named.

At the end of WWII, the Schlevogt glassworks were nationalized and Henry was sentenced to prison in Siberia for four years. After release, he was exiled, but began again, directing a glass factory in France until his death in 1984.  

The Antique Glass Club sponsorship includes not only the two new display cases, but also expert advice and research help with the artifacts.

 The Antique Glass Club was organized in 1963 by Mrs. Harvey Watkins, and its first president was Mrs. J. E. Johnson. The club, which currently has 24 members, aims to preserve an interest in antique glass and the history and stories it reflects. The club's officers are Carolyn Coufal, president; Gail Wical, first vice president; Beverly Kermode, second vice president; Angela Peik, secretary; and Nancy Smith, treasurer.


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Christmas Open House

 The Taylor Czech Chorus performs at the Czech Heritage Museum, Temple, Texas   

The Taylor Czech Chorus performs at the Czech Heritage Museum, Temple, Texas


Start your Holiday Season with a cup of Christmas cheer and beautiful live music at our annual Christmas Open House! 

The Temple Recorder Society will open the evening with a beautiful repertoire including Christmas favorites, Renaissance period pieces and everything in-between. 

Ralph Milek and Willard Dyer will bring all of our beloved accordion polka tunes and sing-a-long favorites. The Taylor Czech Chorus will bring Czech and Christmas tunes to share for a lively and fun finale. Join us for a relaxing evening of fun and fellowship. 

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Czech Grammar Mini-Series
to Sep 28

Czech Grammar Mini-Series

 Czech Heritage Museum offers Czech grammar mini-series

The Czech Heritage Museum will offer two classes in September focusing on Czech grammar and usage.  

These classes will begin at 7 p.m. on September 14 and on September 28 at the Museum, 119 W. French Avenue. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

First Lieutenant Ethan Gleue of Fort Hood will teach declination and the use of the cases, perfective vs. imperfective verbs first. But, if time allows, he will offer help with any other principles the class requests.

A donation of $7 per person is requested with all proceeds supporting upcoming World War I centennial exhibit at the Museum.

Sign up by contacting the Czech Heritage Museum at 254-899-2935, or at 

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