Denní Hlasatel


The Denní Hlasatel was a Chicago Czech-language daily newspaper founded in 1891 and published through 2006, making it the longest-running Czech serial in the world. In September of 2023 CGSI acquired digitization and publication rights to use, copy, distribute, publish and present all issues of the Denní Hlasatel.


Project Status (November 2023)

Plans for the digitization of individual issues are being organized. If you are interested in being a part of this project, please email Jerry Martinek.

Check back here for progress updates and calls for specific volunteer tasks when needed.

The Denní Hlasatel began in a small office at the corner of Racine Avenue and 19th Street, and it was not until 1895 that they established their own press. Around 1899, they moved to a new building designed by Frank Randak, noted Czech-Chicago architect. This would be the company's home for most of the century. The paper continued to grow, reaching its peak during the two World Wars.

During WWII, circulation of the Denní Hlasatel topped 100,000; the paper even ran its own radio station. After the wars, as Czech immigration to Chicago declined and the existing populace moved outside the city, the Hlasatel relocated as well, migrating offices to nearby Cicero in 1979. In 1982, the company moved to its final home in the Czech haven of Berwyn.

Denní Hlasatel - Cermak Dead

Issues of the Denní Hlasatel contained obituaries which are immensely useful for genealogy. It is estimated that the Denní Hlasatel printed close to 100,000 obituaries over the course of 115 years.

Denní Hlasatel - Obituary