In the 1950's several Czech organizations began discussing the possibility of having a Czech history museum. During the 1960's an effort began to collect books and artifacts pertaining to Czech history and immigration to America and in 1971 the first museum was opened in the new SPJST Supreme Lodge Home Office in Temple, Texas. By 1981 the museum had outgrown its place and was moved to the basement of the SPJST building. During the 2000 SPJST convention, delegates voted to make the museum a separate entity and work was begun to move the museum to a new location. On February 12, 2010 a ribbon was cut to officially open the Czech Heritage Museum at Third and French Street in Temple.
The building in which the museum is housed was originally built by Dr. H. B. Mason in 1930 as one of the first "shopping centers" in Temple. It was known as the Northside Community Business Center and housed six businesses. The building is distinguished by the Art Deco/Spanish style exterior, which was maintained during reconstruction.
The museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductable.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jerry Milan, President
Nancy Weise, Vice President
Roxanne Bertrand, Secretary
Jesse Pospisil, Treasurer
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