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  1. texasczechs said

    Hello Everyone! This page is for you to add your info and comments! We would love to hear from ya’ll!

    TexasCzechs.com team

    • A elderly lady wants to know the name of Czech Community close to San Antonio, Texas

      • riana Stasa said

        In Schertz there is the Czech Heritage Society. 509 Schertz Pkwy, Schertz, TX 78154. They may know something.

    • riana Stasa said

      Hi, I’m Riana Stasa! My Great Grandfather, John Stasa, came from Police, Moravia, Bohemia in 1906 through Galveston with his brother Josef and his parents Josef and Anna Stasa. His Wife, Albina Poboril, was born here and her Parents Frantisek and Anna came her in the late 1890s from Moravia. They helped build the town of Buckholts, Texas and were very involved with the SPJST and Sokol Organization. John and Albina would take in Czech immigrants and give them work and lodging to help them build their own homes and settle in America in the early 20th century. My great grandfather John Stasa was a writer for the Vestnik, a historian, farmer, Cotton Gin Manager, home builder, ship builder during WWII, Sokol Hall leader, President of Lodge 79 in Corpus Christi and an all around renaissance man. He did much for the Czech community in Texas with help from his family and many others involved in preserving the Czech Heritage and working with Czech organizations.

  2. Eda said

    Hey, is it working yet? lol

  3. John Mokry said

    Hey guys! I’m damn glad to have run into this site. You can bet that I will be giving the URL out to my relatives. My mom is from a Mikulenka clan and my dad is a Mokry from Moravia. See ya’ll!

  4. Ulrike Dennett said

    I forgot to leave my e-mail address. I was looking for someone to translate a letter I received from the Czech Rep. regarding geneologie.
    I was born in Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary)
    and came to the US as a child. Thanks so much.

  5. Connie Holder said

    I am really enjoying the Texas Czechs site.
    In regards to the Events link, the date for the Cistern, Texas church picnic is August 23, 2009. How can I go about getting the actually day added? Thanks!

  6. leonard kaderka said

    I truely enjoy your web sight. i am a big fan of polka music. your waltz medly ” starting with at the spring” is super. i grew up with Joe Patek and am probably his biggest fan…Keep up the great work.DOBRI DEN!

  7. jameswardo said

    it is very late and i sould be asleep, but i am studying this site instead, well, i was for s while, and now i must withdraw myself into a alchohol induced coma

    Dobrou noc!

  8. Barbara Fowler said

    I am looking for a kolace recipe that my Grandmother always had for Christmas eve. It was a poppy filled kolace rolled in poppy seeds. Sound familiar to anyone? If you have a recipe similar, please share!


    • Alena Kudějová said

      I accidentally opened this page and saw your question.
      Apparently looking for a recipe for strudel. It’s a recipe from Austria, as we were once a part of it. Strudels here in the Czech Republic is still doing, filled with various fillings such as poppy seeds, plum jam, cottage cheese and apple. Either it is rolled cone or rolled up can be smooth form.

      1 – Poppy seed strudel de luxe

      Raw materials

      500 g plain flour
      20 g yeast
      2 dl milk
      80g sugar
      0.5 tsp salt
      1 egg
      1/4 lemon zest
      100 g butter (pokrájeného)
      120 g poppy seeds (ground)
      1.5 dl milk
      50 g sugar
      60 g almonds (chopped)
      50 g citronátu (chopped, candied pomeračové peel or candied fruits)
      50 g raisins (soaked in rum)
      On the affliction:
      60 g of butter
      40 g of powdered sugar

      The recipe has not enjoyed the 35 cooks

      The recipe I like
      Preparation Recipe

      For milk and yeast let rise yeast, add the rest and prop classic yeast dough.

      Leave in a warm place to rise for about 3/4 hour.

      Meanwhile, poppy, pour boiling milk, add everything else, thoroughly stir and let cool.

      Risen dough again to refine and pomoučeněném roller roll into a rectangle of about 30 cm x 40 cm (length of plate).

      Spread the poppy seed filling, along the longer side and press edges curl.

      Put the pie on a baking tray lined with baking paper seam side down.

      Cover with towel and leave for 30 minutes. rise. Then along the entire length with a sharp knife about 1.2 cm deep and cut the bake in a preheated oven at 175 ° C or gas Wed. 2 for about 50 min.

      Still hot strudel brush with melted butter mixed with powdered sugar, then sprinkle with sugar yet.

      Let cool.

      2 – Yeast poppy seed strudel

      Preparation time: 2.5 hours, including rising and baking,

      Raw materials

      550 g plain flour
      40 g butter, melted or Hery
      2 egg yolks
      1 yeast
      1 tbsp caster sugar
      pinch of salt
      250 ml of milk
      Poppy stuffing
      2 cups ground poppy seeds
      1.5 cup milk – more as needed
      5 tablespoons brown sugar
      a handful of raisins

      Preparation Recipe

      First, we leaven yeast, sugar, tablespoon of flour and a tablespoon of milk.

      After rising sourdough mix all the other ingredients, add the yeast mixture and prepare a smooth dough. (Proving dough I do prefer a home bakery raw materials then I give in order of liquid, bulk salt into one corner to the opposite corner leaven). I let the dough rise for an hour, twice I kneaded.

      Flatten the dough, divide it into two halves, each roll into a thin pancake, which he considers to stuffing and strudels. Carefully transfer to baking sheet and let rise for about 20 minutes, top Inject a roll, spread with butter and beaten egg, put in oven preheated to 180 ° C. Bake 30-40 minutes at 180, according to the oven.

      I made the stuffing according to local recipe, but I added raisins.
      2 cups ground poppy seeds
      1.5 cup milk
      a handful of raisins
      welded into the thick, stirring constantly, then stir in sugar (to taste).


      The same recipe I found. The dough is nicely worked, tear is beautifully supple. When the dough is needed to control the amounts of milk, 250 ml is enough sometimes, sometimes I have to add – it depends on the flour.

      Perhaps it is difficult to raise regional recipes, but if you want even more different, so write.

      My email: alenakudejova@o2active.cz

      So whether it succeeds.

      Health Alena Kudějová

  9. Sure enjoyed Broken Spoke in Austin on Tuesday, June 29. Hope your European Trip turns out well. Let’s hear from you about it.


  10. Sona said

    Jsme tady Cesi aji v Montane. Zacala jsem blog pro vsechny Ceske pratele kde jsem se podelila i o svem svedectvi jak jsem se stala krestankou.
    check it out: http://momblue76.blogspot.com
    Me rodne prijmeni je Novakova.

  11. Martin said

    Schválně píšu Česky. I já jsem kdysy trávil rok v USA TX Floresville kousek od San Antonia a je velice příjemné že je v Texasu tak silná komunita čechů až mě to překvapilo.

  12. Tomas said

    Thank you for promoting Czech culture in USA!
    If you need anything right from the Czech Republic, we will be happy to assist you – http://www.czechsouvenirs.com/.

  13. Dave said

    Just found your web site. Very well done. Funny videos, happy folk. Looks like a really nice community.
    I can hear that famous Texas wind in the videos.
    Česká kilbasa má dva konce…nice lesson. 🙂

  14. Katelyn Bowser said

    My Grand mother and Great Grand mother are Czech, My great Grand mother came here from Czech Republic around the late 20’s or so and my Grand mother was born in Texas I was born in Florida. Does that mean i’m a Texas Czech or at least grandfathered into it? 😉 I was really hoping to find documents and heritage information. Who knows, I may more Czech family in Texas then thought! If anyone has information you think is useful to me send me an e-mail! Bowser.katelyn@yahoo.com My name is Katie.

  15. hammondovi said

    This Spring I am engaging in a photo art project centered around Czech heritage in Texas.

    I wish to locate, interview and photograph Czech-born residents living in central Texas and tell their story – why they left former Czechoslovakia and why they chose Texas.
    In mid-April I will travel to the Czech Republic and photograph the homes, towns or other locations that hold special meaning for the Czech-Texans or Czexans as I am calling them for this project. These portraits and Czech scenics will be joined together and available for display along with the written interview of each individual.

    Details of the project can be seen here on Kickstarter.com: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hammondovi/i-am-czexan

    I have been working as a professional photographer for over 14 years in the U.S. and the U.K. From 1996-98 I lived in the Czech Republic and taught English conversation to elementary school students in my wife’s home town of Sokolov.

    I need help in this project in multiple ways. First, I am in need of locating Czech-born Texas residents, preferably those who left Czechoslovakia before the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Second, since the project has just launched, I am still looking for backers to support the project. Third, once the project is completed, I’d like to find spaces to display it.

    Please let me know if you are willing and able to help with any of these needs.

    Thank you so much!

    Geoff Hammond
    (512) 864-5963


  16. Pat Hust said

    Has anyone written reviews of the travel trips? We want to g to CR next fall.

  17. We are Hugo and Anne Schilhab of Weimar! We moved here from the Texas Hill Country, and for sure, the Hill Country is very beautiful, but this Hill Country is beautiful too, in some cases, more so than the designated Texas Hill Country! I love the spring wild flowers and the beautiful green scenery here, the rolling hills, the grazing cattle, and some resting under the lofty trees. The “tanks’ of water, all of it is beautiful. No matter what direction we take, this area is like a vacation all the time! Love my Czech heritage here. Grandparents in Moravia, grandparents in Ellinger. I love the names of the towns, line Praha, Moravia, Panna Maria, and it goes on and on! Of course, yes, the Painted Churches here which are beautiful! And WOW, the church picnics, which are keeping us going all the time. What a grand move we made here to the Texas Czech Hill Country! Oh, yes, I can’t forget the Czech music, the great bands, such as the Red Ravens! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! I love your website, for sure! It is nothing less than great. God bless America and everyone in it! from Anne Schilhab of Weimar, Texas, USA!

    • Dallas Kelly said

      Mrs. Schilhab, my grandmother was a Schilhab. Her father was Joseph Anton Schilhab and his father’s name was Joe Schilhab. I know that Joe married a Kremlin girl He was born in 1838 and emigrated to texas but not sure when. My question is could you recommend any sites that deal with Moravian ancestory?

  18. brittney said

    Hello. My madien name is krejci. My dad was from praha texas. Any krejci’s out there?

    • Barbara (Surman) Brown said

      I grew up in Praha, TX. Graduated from Bishop Forest High School in Schulenburg in 1977 and have been away ever since travelling with a military spouse and having my own career as a civilian with the US Army. I do not recall any Krejcis in Praha while I was growing up but that doesn’t mean they weren’t there. I live in San Antonio, TX, now and have the pleasure of going back to the annual Praha picnic, Maticka Praha, every August 15th. If you would like to make some serious connections with folks in Praha, please consider coming to the next picnic on August 15, 2016, and inquire with the elders of the parish. The picnic is on a Monday this year. You won’t regret coming. You’ll be amazed at how many people will be there even though the picnic is on a week day. The food is worth coming for if nothing else. The picnic is held every year on August 15th regardless of which day of the week it falls on. Good luck with your search.

  19. Dita Sejblova Florez said

    Hi everyone,
    I am Czech and I have been living in Texas over twenty years.
    Now my 72year old father is living with us and he can’t speak any English I am looking for anybody who is willing to speak with him in Czech!
    Email me if you know someone especially a person who lives in Austin

  20. Dita Sejblova Florez said

    Here is my email address ditasej@yahoo.com

  21. Peggy Barrett Willliams said

    Hi there, My mother and grandmother were born in Texas, but grandfather was born in Czechoslavakia, in Bohemia. Just took a trip there and of couse my curiosity about my heritage is exploding. Grandfather name was Grieger, John Emil and married to Julia Schiller Grieger. My mother’s name was Edith Grieger Barrett, Landed in the Taylor, Jonah, Granger area.Please contact me if you know any of them.

  22. Frank Losos said

    Wonderful website. Hope you can help. I am looking for the Czech lyrics to the Jiriny Waltz (Dahlia Waltz). Would very much appreciate any assistance. Spanem Bohem.
    Frank Losos, Pittsburgh, PA

  23. Shela (janda) Preiss said

    Any Info on octoberfest?

  24. Patrick said

    This place seems like it has not been updated in a decade. Your sponsorship prices are outrageous for what this is. This place seems like a way to sell tours and other merchandise.

  25. Patrick said

    If you need a better website pertaining to your Texas Czech history go to this website: http://spjst.org/
    It is a non-profit group for Czech Texans since the 1890’s (over a century old).SPJST.ORG

  26. Martina said

    Hi my name is Martina Kucerova Kowalke, just moved to Lago Vista from Seattle area with 11 year old son. Looking for Czech group or Czech people near me. Budu se tesit. Diky moc !

    • milky said

      Hey Martina, I’m a proud Czech, 8 years strong :), and am living in Austin. do u wanna hang out? we could sit behind the high school and draw our ideal father figures for your kid… I also have molly
      get back to me when ur free
      rád, že jsem tě potkal!

  27. Martina said

    dialetical journal???? What?? oh no? “My DIalectiacl Journal” Oh gosh :((((((( ohhh nooo….

  28. William Greenert said

    What region of the Czech Republic or Slovakia does the last name
    “Sugarek” come from?

    • Jennifer Sugarek Dragon said

      My Great Great Grandfather, Francis Sugarek, came from the village of Klokocov to Texas in 1856. Hope this answers your question.
      Jennifer Sugarek Dragon

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