SASW Speakers’ Series: The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in 2021 – Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The Slovak American Society of Washington, DC

“The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in 2021”
Dr. Cecilia Rokusek, Stefanie Kohn & David Muhlena

Tuesday, January 12th
7:00 p.m. (EST)

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Please join us for a special evening with the staff of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) as they celebrate its 25th anniversary. In this live interactive presentation, curator Stefanie Kohn will give participants an inside look at current exhibits and a sneak peek into future ones. Librarian Dave Muhlena will provide an in-depth look into the library’s collections and discuss the services provided by library staff. President & CEO Dr. Cecilia Rokusek will discuss how the NCSML has survived three major disasters in the past 12 years, and how change came much earlier than anticipated.

Dr. Cecilia Rokusek became President and CEO of the NCSML in fall of 2018. She is a 4th-generation “Czechoslovak” and speaks both Czech and Slovak. She has served as a Slovak Honorary Consul for the past 12 years, and she is passionate about her rich culture and heritage. She came to the position in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after a stellar career in higher education, where she was a professor, dean, provost, and president.

Stefanie Kohn has been with the NCSML since 1999, and has been Curator since 2007. She has successfully managed over 50 exhibits and oversees the artifact collection of over 15,000 items. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Germanic Studies from Indiana University, and attended graduate programs at the University of Wisconsin and George Washington University.

David Muhlena received his BA in History and an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa. He has been the library director at the NCSML since 1997. He has also served as a librarian at the University of Iowa’s Patients’ Library, a development associate at Gustavus Adolphus College, a research assistant at the University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts, and a staff member at the Johnson County (Iowa) Historical Society.

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