Texas Brazos Trail Region

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Caldwell, TX: Texas Czech Genealogical Society - Life is a Journey, Not a Destination - July 21, 2018

July 21, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Life is a Journey, Not a Destination-July 21, 2018

Keynote motivational speaker and author, Peter Vodenka, will provide a captivating true story of “hope, faith, struggle, life and death, freedom and success” as he and his family escaped from Communist Czechoslovakia on a cold, rainy night while being chased by guards with automatic weapons. He had planned this escape for many years and was successful, resulting in their Journey for Freedom to America.
Mr. Clint Williams will speak on “Helping Others Get Restarted on Their Genealogy Journey”, focusing on the task of figuring out how to proceed when one has hit a brick wall.
Gladys Valchar’s journey to visit her ancestral home in Moravia in 2017 resulted in a very different trip than she had envisioned. After falling into a ditch and breaking her leg, her goal was to get home to Texas, She will tell about the challenges of being in Czech ambulances, hospitals, and rehab centers where everyone spoke Czech and she spoke only English!


  • Caldwell Civic & Visitors Center
  • 103 Texas Highway 21 W.
  • Caldwell, TX, Texas
  • 77836



  • Registration fee includes Matney’s catered BBQ lunch. If postmarked On/Before 7/12/2018 TCGS Members-$40; Non-Members-$45; Postmarked After 7/12/2018 TCGS Members-$45; Non-Members-$50; At the door (All) - $55. Membership in TCGS is not required to attend. Registration form (see