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CGSI Projects

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CGSI is a very active and engaged society continually looking for innovative ways to fulfill its Mission. As an all-volunteer organization, we work together to preserve, share, and celebrate our common heritage.

Below are projects which are in progress. Each needs volunteers to help accomplish the project's goals.

Review the project summaries below and decide where your knowledge, skills, and interests could best be used, and then email volunteers@CGSI.org with your name and interest.

Each Project Team will meet virtually and be led by a volunteer Project Coordinator.  Time commitment and hours are flexible.  Please consider joining in the fun with fellow CGSI member volunteers!

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Our Villages

Project Summary:

One of the exciting moments in researching family history is connecting with your ancestral village(s). Many CGSI members have visited their ancestral village(s), and the Our Villages project allows members to share a brief summary of their village, their personal story of connection, and a photo or two.

The home page of the project includes a map of the villages submitted, and provides links to the individual village pages. Each village page includes a map showing the village location with the photos and text written by members.

Members are encouraged to submit their photos and stories for their village(s).

Project home page: Our Villages

Example village pages:

Volunteer Needs:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Volunteers to coordinate member submissions
  • Volunteers to edit and publish pages

Interested? Email volunteers@CGSI.org

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Project:

Theme Pages

Project Summary:

Help members find resources through curated topic pages with relevant CGSI and external resources. Topics could include articles pertaining to immigration, occupations, religion, folk art, specific villages, etc. Material linked on each topic page would include articles from Naše rodina, recorded presentations, and other web resources.

Example pages:

Volunteer Needs:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Individual volunteers to locate appropriate materials for topics selected
  • Volunteer knowledgeable with web publishing

Interested? Email volunteers@CGSI.org

Next steps

  • Decide on topics to be presented.
  • Locate relevant resource materials for each topic.

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Czech and Slovak Cemeteries in North America

Project Summary:

Create a list of cemeteries across North America with significant Czech, Slovak, Rusyn, German-Bohemian populations.

Next step

  • Research & locate information to add to a master spreadsheet

Volunteer Needs:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Volunteers to solicit, research, verify, and edit data

Interested? Email volunteers@CGSI.org

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Denní Hlasatel

Project Summary:

Digitize and publish all issues of the Denní Hlasatel, a Chicago Czech-language daily newspaper founded in 1891 and published through 2006.

Please look for updates as the project progresses.
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