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.

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk's Birthday at the Masaryk Memorial on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C. was celebrated on Thursday, March 8 at 12:00 noon along with the Czech Embassy and Slovak Embassy.  This memorial was established in 2002 in honor of Masaryk who was the first President of Czechoslovakia.  This year marks Masaryk's 168th birthday.


Symposium: The Historical Background of The Pittsburgh Agreement of 1918

The signing of the Pittsburgh Agreement on May 31, 1918, was a milestone leading to the establishment of an independent Czechoslovak state after World War I. The catalyst for the event was the visit to Pittsburgh of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850-1937), who led the Slovak and Czech independence movement and later became the first President of Czechoslovakia. By the agreement, Czechs and Slovaks in the United States, acting on behalf of their compatriots in Europe, sanctioned the endeavor to bring about a union of the Czechs and Slovaks in an independent state.

Panelists discussing the historical setting of the Pittsburgh Agreement will be:

  • Dr. Hugh Agnew - Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington
  • Dr. Matej Hanula - Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava
  • Dr. Milada Polišenská - Anglo-American University, Prague

Thursday, May 31, 2018

University of Pittsburgh
Wesley W. Posvar Hall - Room 4130
230 S. Bouquet St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Admission free and open to the public

Sponsored by:

  • American Friends of the Czech Republic
  • Friends of Slovakia
  • Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh


The American Friends of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Czech Republic are hosting a gala celebration honoring Frederic V. Malek with the Vaclav Havel Civil Society Award at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.