Moving Czech Museum A Symbol For Houby Days

By Jillian Petrus, Reporter

The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library Czech Museum (bottom) and the foundation for its future location (top right) as seen from the air midday Friday April 29, 2011. (Ron Mayland/Mayland Aerial Photography)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Czech and Slovak Museum and Library lifted off it’s foundation didn’t go unnoticed at this year’s Houby Day’s festival in Czech Village.

The flood damaged building is being moved 100 yards away to a higher elevation.

Houby Days organizers say the building serves as a symbol of progress at this years event.

“It’s symbolic of the recovery down here,” said Calvin Spinka, Vice President of the Czech Village Association.

Spinka's hopeful the museum and library will be a part of Houby Days again soon as festival relied on the building to host several events in past years.

Organizers say they’re making due with their second home in the Cosek Building for now.

“We’ve really done well with what we’ve got,” said Douglas Smith with the Czech and Slovak Museum. “We’re excited with where we are and with the move coming up.”

Museum officials hope to open doors next summer possibly in time for the 35th anniversary of Houby Days.

Several snags in the move have already put the Museum behind schedule.

“The move was going to be three weeks ago. They went to move it, it was too heavy,” Smith said. “So they still have to put a few more beams there.”

While Czech Village waits for the building to move and the project to move forward, organizers are hopeful to finally bring the museum back into the festival, and the community soon.

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