Sokol Greater Cleveland
at Bohemian National Hall
4939 Broadway Avenue
Cleveland OH 44127


The cornerstone of Bohemina National Hall was laid in 1896 as a community hall to accomodate the cultural, social and educational needs
of the Czech community that had emigrated and settled in the Cleveland area.  The desire for such a hall was important to these
immigrants who wanted to establish a place of their own where their children and grandchildren could be brought up to cherish their
heritage as well as become good citizens of their newly adopted country.  

For over a century, records and artifacts have collected reflecting the traditions and history of the Czech, Bohemian, Moravian, and Slovak
cultures.  And today as then, Bohemian National Hall opens its doors to share this heritage.   Recently a committee has been formed to
organize, document, preserve, exhibit, and generally share these collections to provide an opportunity for learning and discovery.  Various
programs and presentations are sponsored by the Library as well.  

Library Services

Cultural Programs
Genealogical Programs
Historical Programs

Oral History Project
click here for details

Collections of:


Childrens' Books

Czech Films

Genealogical  Societies
Newsletters & Publications

Traditional Czech Folk Music
Records & Tapes
Sheet Music

Traditions, Myths & Legends

Sokol Archives

Library Hours
Open only  during scheduled
dinners and events

Or, by Appointment

Library Sponsored Events:

You're Invited
Anyone interested in
assisting in the Library,
being a committee member,
or just browsing. . .

440-526-6806  or

CZECH us out!!

Thank You

Library Donations
Materials - Monetary

Only articles in usable condition
can be accepted

All gifts
to be accompanied
by a completed
gift acknowledgment  
& receipt form
The Library is a member of

Watch this space for announcements
of future Library presentations

The  presentations will  usually follow
the monthly Sunday Dinner

Bohemian National Hall

There is no cost for the presentation
nor are reservations necessary.

Noteworthy Genealogy Information

For quite some time it was very difficult to
research Czech ancestors in the homeland
without a certified genealogist.
As the internet spreads worldwide, more and
more sites are opening thanks to the efforts of
volunteer organizations who scan the documents
to make them available.  You can now, at least,
begin some of your own research online.  
Here are a few sites and tips to get started:  
Where did my ancestors live?

A large and impressive network of archives is supported
by the Czech government, and this website will help you
become  familar with seven regional archives, which are
the repositories for most pre-1900 parish books.  These
are the archives of   primary importance to Czech
genealogical researchers.   In addition, seventy-two
district archives, five city archives, and a   plethora of
specialized archives contain  information about our
ancestors in what is now the Czech Republic.  The site is
user  friendly, in dual English and German, and gives good
instructions on using the site.
Towns and Communities Online Portal

This website provides a list of the Czech municipalities
fostering online information exchange between local
governments and citizens of  the CZ. The intro page
is in English, but other pages will need a translator,
i.e Google or Microsoft.  You will want to go to the
Home page by clicking on the Mesta.obce logo.    
This page brings up lists for counties, citities and
towns of the region which are searchable.  
There are homepages for each local government  
giving contact information, history,  statistics, tourist
information, photos and useful links.
Slovak Institute at St Andrews Abbey

Located right here in Cleveland and dedicated in 1952
to be a source for knowledge about Slovakia with material
in the Slovak language.  The Institute's
Surname Location Reference Project is a database of  
surnames, their location from Slovakia and
relatives in North America.   The aim is for individuals
doing genealogical work on a particular surname or
location in Slovakia can be put in touch with others
working on the same surnames or locations.  
The site also offers a 5-generation family tree form
to record findings.