The Texas Czech Genealogical Society (TCGS) exists to help preserve family history and learn and preserve Czech culture, traditions, and history. TCGS’s January 28, 2017 program, “Nuggets to Treasurers” at the Caldwell Civic and Visitor Center, 103 Presidential Corridor (Hwy 21), Caldwell, TX 77836 https://goo.gl/maps/SXikBLkG6mo is open to anyone. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the program will be held from 9:00 AM.-4:00 PM (8 AM Registration and refreshments).
The program will feature three speakers:
• “Nothing Better than Goodness Freethinkers in Texas Czechs” Doug Kubicek, a Texas History instructor for the Hallettsville ISD and Carroll Brincefield, Director of the Oral History program in Lavaca County, will discuss the history of freethinkers, their role in the settling of Texas and the impact of their past, present and future will be discussed. How to trace family members through the Congregation of Bohemian Freethinkers will be addressed and introduction to sets of records you might not be aware exists. Questions and comments will be invited after presentation.
• “Czech Songs in Texas, from Old World to New” Frances Barton has a degree in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin where she also studied music. Her father is Rev. Josef A. Barton whose ancestors emigrated from Vsetin in northeastern Moravia. She will discuss the history of several songs with Czech lyrics that are popular in the state. She will be joined by musicians Jubilee Barton and Steve Curtis.
• “Preserving Family Treasurers” Linda Reynolds, Director of the East Texas Research Center (ETRC) at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in Nacogdoches, Texas since 2007 and a Certified Archivist since 2008. She has been searching for her ancestors since she was 12 years old and followed her grandmother around with a tape recorder asking lots of questions about the family. Her passion is sharing her knowledge of the preservation of family treasures so that future generations will have access to them. The ETRC collects, preserves, and provides physical and virtual access to East Texas’ unique cultural history.
Czech gift items, along with TCGS-published research books (including the three newest books covering the Frydek-Mistek, Vsetin, and Zlin areas; see attached publication list), will be available for sale. A silent auction will also be held.
Registration post-marked on/before 1/14/2017 is $35 for TCGS Members and $40 for Non-members; postmarked 1/15-19/2017 is $40 for TCGS Members and $45 for Non-members; $50 at the door for everyone (registration includes catered lunch). Register by credit card https://squareup.com/store/TXCZGS/item/registration or mail registration form (see www.txczgs.org) and check payable to TCGS to Gladys Valchar 934 Joslin St, Irving, Texas 75060 or for more information contact Gladys Valchar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-790-2848. Membership in TCGS is not required to attend this program. The Texas Czech Genealogical Society (TCGS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.