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Village of Origin for Josef Kubeš

December 8, 2020
A village of origin post in which I don’t solve the guy’s village of origin is a little bit, well, lame. But the journey is really fun, and that’s what I want to write about today.
bowl of goulash


December 8, 2020
It's basically a comfort food - beef doused in a rich, hearty sauce. It's usually served with dumplings, or knedlíky...
bread shovel from the Podbrdské muzeum

Bread Shovels

December 8, 2020
These are lopaty sazení chleba, or "bread shovels" from the Podbrdské Muzeum. Our ancestors would have used these to take the large, round loaves out of the hot ovens without burning themselves.
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Contribute to the CGSI Blog

December 8, 2020
This blog aims to be a repository of posts from a variety of people on a wide range of topics having to do with the cultural heritage of the Czech and Slovak lands. We welcome your contributions, big…
Future home of the Slovak Museum of Emigration

A house of dreams: Plans unfold for an emigration museum in Slovakia

December 8, 2020
Dr. Martin Javor wants to build a world-class museum in the village of Ťahyňa to take his countrymen on a journey across time and space. 
Naše rodina 1990 cover

Thirty Years Ago: a peak on the shelf of Naše rodina

November 17, 2020
One of the primary benefits to being a member of CGSI is that it gives you access to 30+ years of Naše rodina articles in searchable PDF…

Marak Family History

November 17, 2020
Frantisek (Frank) Marak was a peasant farmer in Moravia. He was born in Horni Sklenov, but may have moved later to a village called Ticha. The towns are only 3 or 4 miles apart, so who knows. Frank…
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