Our History

The Czech Heritage Foundation was formed on May 17, 1973 when merchants of the 16th Avenue SW business district (now known today as Czech Village) were invited to attend a meeting regarding Czech heritage and cultural preservation in the Cedar Rapids area. As interest in the project grew, it was obvious that other groups be organized to turn some of the goals into reality. The goals of the foundation are similar to the ones that exist today: publicity and promotion of events, developing printed materials, publication of newsletters during the year and presenting programs of interest to the community.

Since the start of the foundation, there have been more than 1,000 members globally who contribute towards preserving Czech heritage.