Czech Cultural Center

Today as then, Bohemian National Hall opens its doors to the cultural history and traditions of the Czech and Slovak people.

Nine people met in 1888 to discuss the possibility of acquiring a building to house a school where the Czech language could be taught.  Eventually, after several meetings with a growing number of various Czech organizations, a decision was made to build a large hall that would accommodate all of the social needs of the Czech community that had 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. To great fanfare by a Czech brass band, their dream was realized when the cornerstone was laid in 1896.

Czech Cultural Programs

Dinners

Enjoy ethnic dinners most Sundays throughout the year, as well as seasonal fish fries and special events.

Check our events page for our next dinner.

Museum and Gift Shop

In 2005 we transformed of one of the rooms on the main floor of Bohemian National Hall to house the history, cultural artifacts and traditions of the original Czech community in the Cleveland area.

Learn more about the Museum and Gift Shop

Library

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.

Learn more about the library

Czech Folk Dancers

The Sokol Greater Cleveland Czech Folk Dancers were founded in 1972 to promote and preserve the Czech Culture through dance.  Since their inception, the group has had the opportunity to present their heritage to audiences not only in  the Greater Cleveland area but throughout the United States. 

Learn more about the Czech Folk Dancers

Sokol Concert Band

Sokol Greater Cleveland’s Concert Band performs at our Winter and Spring Exhibitions, as well as several events at the Hall throughout the year. Enjoy traditional Czech music as well as contemporary hits from our troupe of dedicated players.

Lou Huml conducting at the podium

Other Resources

Czech Radio

Listen to John Sabol, the The New Czech Voice of Cleveland, every Sunday from 3-4 PM on WHKW 1220 AM, for the very best in Czech music and community news.

You can also listen online at any time on the WHKW website.

John says, “As always, I am grateful for your continuing support and donations to this show, which has been an important part of the Cleveland’s Czech heritage for almost fifty years.”

You can send in requests and dedications to John at sabolj@aol.com.

Czech-American Culture

American Friends of the Czech Republic РAFoCR fosters communication, encourages understanding, and promotes mutual respect between the two countries and their peoples, governments, economic enterprises, and academic institutions.

Czech-American TV – Video programming for those interested in learning more about Czech culture.

My Czech Republic – A guide for those interested in “traveling” to the Czech Republic, whether that be an actual trip or just virtually from their computer.

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library – A museum dedicated to Czech and Slovak culture and history, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Czech Heritage in Cleveland

Encyclopedia of Cleveland History – A vast directory of Cleveland History assembled by Case Western Reserve University, including information on Czech immigrants to Cleveland and their legacy.

National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame – A museum in Euclid, dedicated preservation of Polka music, “the happiest sound around.”

Czechoslovak Society of Arts & Sciences – Cleveland Chapter