Museum to spin tunes for ‘Texas-Czech Music on Record’ presentation

Texas-Czech musical heritage will be examined and celebrated in a public presentation at the Museum of the Coastal Bend at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

Texas-Czech music collector Gary Krupala’s presentation titled “Texas-Czech Music on Record” will explore the history of recorded music in the community. Krupala will play recordings from 78 rpm phonograph records to CDs and show samples from his extensive poster collection from Texas-Czech bands and events.

“Our collection includes some really remarkable material culture, and it’s great to complement that with intangible culture like music,” said Isabel van Dyke, museum curator of education and public programs. “The music we listen to, the meals we cook together and the holiday traditions we practice are all ways that we express our heritage, and it’s exciting to bring those topics into the museum.”

The lecture is organized and facilitated by PolkaWorks, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to highlight cultural traditions through multimedia projects designed to educate and inspire.

This event is presented in conjunction with the traveling exhibit, “Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition,” curated by PolkaWorks. The exhibit is on display at the Museum of the Coastal Bend through Dec. 6.

Through engaging text, colorful photography and short films, “Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition” educates audiences about the impact of Texas Czechs on Texas’ shared culture and about the value of cultural preservation.

The exhibit is sponsored by Spoetzl Brewery and Victoria community members and is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Texas-Czech Music on Record” is open to the public. Admission to the museum is pay-what-you-want. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on Victoria College’s Main Campus at the corner of Ben Jordan and Red River Streets in Victoria.

Published: Thursday, 30 October 2014

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