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100th anniversary of the Cleveland Agreement

100th anniversary of the Cleveland Agreement
forming Czechoslovakia
Bohemian National Hall, Home of the Czech Cultural Center
Cleveland, Ohio
October 24, 2015

The historic Bohemian National Hall, Home of the Czech Cultural Center, is located at 4939 Broadway Ave. in Cleveland. It was the host venue for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Cleveland Agreement which paved the way for the creation of Czechoslovakia.

Lucina Dancers

Lucina Dancers

Lucina Dancers
After a performance by the Lucina Dancers, Master of Ceremonies Paul Burik began the program.

Paul Burik

Paul Burik

He called on Alice Khol, President of Sokol Greater Cleveland, who gave some of the history of the Historic Bohemian National Hall.

Alice Khol

Alice Khol



Paul Burik then introduced Marjorie Juba to lead the national anthems of the Czech Republic and Slovakia at the Historic Bohemian National Hall. Marjorie led Kde Domov Muj and Fr. Michael Brunovsky led Nad Tatrou Sa Blyska.

Marjorie Juba

Marjorie Juba



Marjorie Juba

Father Michael Brunovsky

Father Michael Brunovsky


Father Michael Brunovsky, OSB MS Ed and principal of Benedictine High School, gave the invocation and asked the people to pray for Cardinal JŠn Chryzostom Korec, a Slovakian Jesuit priest who died that morning.



Paul Burik read a proclamation from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson that recognized the important event.

Paul Burik

Paul Burik



Paul Burik


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Paul then told of placing a wreath at the statue of Thomas Masaryk, founder and first President of Czechoslovakia, every October 28. He also said that while 100 years seems like a long time it is really only 3 generations. He told how a grandson of Frank Vacha had a letter from Masaryk from 1922.

Masaryk bust at Bohemina Hall

Masaryk bust at Bohemian Hall



Stephen J Sebesta, PhD spoke at the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Cleveland Agreement at the Historic Bohemian National Hall. His speech was titled "The Cleveland Agreement - The First Major Declaration of Cooperation between Czechs and Slovaks in the US to support an independent Czechoslovakian State." This video highlights part of his speech.

Stephen J Sebesta, PhD

Stephen J Sebesta, PhD



Stephen J Sebesta, PhD


Father Michael Brunovsky, OSB MS Ed and principal of Benedictine High School, spoke next. His presentation was titled "The Slovak Struggle toward the Cleveland Agreement." In this part of the speech he speaks about the 3 elements to the Slovak Question in the 19th Century: Nationalism, Magyarization and Immigration.

Father Michael Brunovsky, OSB MS Ed

Father Michael Brunovsky, OSB MS Ed



Father Michael Brunovsky, OSB MS Ed


Denise Ivan-Antus gave some background about a poem about General Milan Stefanik that she would be reciting.

Denise Ivan-Antus

Denise Ivan-Antus



She told how 33 years earlier her father brought her to the same location to recite another poem in Slovak. She then recited the poem in Slovak about General Milan Stefanik and dedicated the poem to her father.

Denise Ivan-Antus

Denise Ivan-Antus



Before closing, Paul Burik introduced Jarmilla Skorepa who said that for the first time in 60 years a full production of The Bartered Bride play would be performed on the historic stage.

Jarmilla Skorepa

Jarmilla Skorepa



Paul Burik at Boehmian Hall


An excellent program book, fitting for such an historic occasion, was created by Georgia Maresh.

Georgia Maresh, creator of the program book

Georgia Maresh



Main Cleveland Agreement Celebration page (this page)

Photos of historic Czech and Slovak documents and maps

Photos of the Bohemian National Hall

Photos from the Czech Cultural Center of Sokol Greater Cleveland Museum

Photos and video of the Slovak Folk Costumes (Kroje) on display







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