This free, outdoor event will feature musical performances, polka dancing, baking demonstrations, a farm life exhibition and activities for children. Musical performances will include polka music, religious singing and Slovakian “fujara” (flute) player Bob Rychlik. The area’s historically Czech and Slovak churches will be selling food based on traditional recipes. Baked goods such as “kolache” and Czech and Slovak beer will also be available for purchase.
Come learn about the rich and unique culture of Virginia’s longtime Czech and Slovak-American community. The Heritage Center will feature exhibitions and artifacts about the community.
There will be a documentation and digitization table as an effort to preserve historical materials related to this community. Attendees are encouraged to bring old photographs, letters and documents for scanning.
During the late 19th century, more than 700 Czech and Slovak families came to live in Virginia. The greatest number settled in the counties of Prince George, Dinwiddie and Chesterfield, mostly on farmlands that had been abandoned after the Civil War. Others settled in Charles City, Hanover, Henrico, Greensville and New Kent.