News from our Society


Due to the reasurge of the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompagnying regulations by the Czech Governement, all our cultural actions have been cancelled and the Czech Emigration Museum and the Novohradska Blacksmith Workshop are closed to the public as of October 12, 2020 until further notice.


In Memorial Vilem Zachleder

Quite unexpectedly, on August 26, 2020, our good friend and president of our Board Vilem Zachleder passed away due to a heart attack. On the day of his passing away, he was active with the one thing in his life he really loved; doing judo and training young pupils in this sport.

He will be be sorely missed by all of us, and our sympathy goes to his family, partner, and all who knew him.


New Board member and President of the Board.

With the passing away of our president of the Board Vilem Zachleder, the Founders will appoint a new board member and the Board will vote for a new President. This process should be completed in the first half of October 2020; as soon as there is more information this will be published accordingly.


Covid-19 Pandemic

Although we personally have been spared till now, the Covid-19 pandemic has seriously disrupted the activities of our Society. Planned project meetings had to be cancelled and the long-planned excursion to the USA for the ABANA Blacksmith Conference and the Hereditary Cancer Conference was cancelled too. Our visitors centres were closed till mid-June, and may face closing again later this autumn due to the new wave of infections in Europe. Until further notice, our traditional annual events have been cancelled as well.