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Furthering close and strong ties with the Czech Republic and its people

From the Castle to the Capitol, American Friends of the Czech Republic fosters communication, encourages understanding, invites friendship, and promotes mutual respect between the two countries and their peoples, governments, economic enterprises, and civic and cultural institutions.


The American Friends of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Czech Republic are hosting a Gala Celebration at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the independence of Czechoslovakia.  We will honor Frederic V. Malek with the Václav Havel Award for the Advancement Civil Society, which will be presented by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  The event salutes the most important anniversary in modern Czech history.

On October 28, 1918, the Czech people regained independence after 300 years as a subject nation of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. 

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The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, IA will be hosting an exhibit from AFoCR Director George T. Drost's collection of the art of Joža Uprka (1861-1940), Czech painter and graphics artist. This is the first solo exhibition of the art work of Joža Uprka in the United States, consisting of stunning oil paintings, posters, and mixed media. NCSML members are cordially invited to a special preview opening of the exhibition “National Treasure: The Art of Joža Uprka from the George Drost Collection” on Friday, Oct. 12, at 6:00 p.m. with reception, hors d’oevres, cash bar, ribbon cutting, and  presentation by George Drost. There will be a performance by Petr Mička´s Band, a traditional Moravian dulcimer band. Learn more about the exhibition at ncsml.org/exhibits/uprka/. Members may RSVP using the ticket link in this event. The Uprka exhibit runs through March 24, 2019. 

Speaker Paul Ryan, with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš  (photo by CTK)

The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan was recently in the Czech Republic on a two-day visit, the highest-placed U.S. official to visit the country in nine years. Paul Ryan's visit to teh Czech Republic on March 26, 2018 was certainly a significant event and very important for Czech-American relations. Mr. Ryan came to Prague and the invitation of the new U.S. Ambassador Steven King. Paul Ryan is the first foreign official ever to address a session of the Czech lower house. It is important to note that the Czech-American relationship is celebrationg its 100th anniversary this year and Paul Ryan's visit fits well into this year's anniversary events.