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the one hundredth anniversary of the Slavonic Benevolent Order of the State of
Texas (SPJST). Over forty presentations were made at the gathering.
The editor of Czech Americans in Transition served as project director for the
conference and envisioned making contributions from the conference conve-
niently available to a wider audience. The resulting book is a tiny treasure for it
incorporates more than simple paper presentations. Short biographical sketches
of the authors, a strong contextual introduction, numerous photographs, and
maps are included in the book and are most helpful. In addition a selected bibli-
ography of English-language publications provides direction for those interested
in further reading and research.
For the Texas historian the more general articles dealing with the Czechoslo-
vakian experience in the United States are complemented by several solid essays
dealing specifically with Czech culture in Texas. This reviewer of Polish descent
learned much about the organizations that currently exist as well as developed
an understanding of the wide scope of activist work on behalf of the Czech expe-
rience. Numerous groups such as the Texans of Czech Ancestry (TOCA), the
University Czech Singers, the Czech Heritage Society (CHS) of Texas, and the
Czech Educational Foundation of Texas (CEFT) appear on these pages. The
short essays clearly identify people who care about their ethnic heritage and
work to maintain ties to their language, their culture, and their European home-
land, while joyously celebrating their adoption in Texas.
Czech Americans in Transition is an apt title for this publication, for immigrants
are typically in a state of transition simply because they move. They are also in
the midst of change as the world's political systems change. Several of the essays
reflect on these changes, speaking to the various views of Czechs in this country
as they look back to the changes in the past fifty years in Europe. The effort to
encourage communication and sharing within the Czech community in the
world, in the United States, and very actively in Texas is admirably attempted
and accomplished by this publication.
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