The Czech's were/are a "major minority" group in Texas. According to the Historical Society Czech is the third language in Texas after English and Spanish. We visited several of the 'Czech Towns' over the years, West, Shiner, Schuenberg, Praha, and several others. All had kept much of the traditional culture alive in the food and beverage, but WEST
had more variety in the shoppes and restaurants than most of the smaller villages. Mother used to visit the gift shops on each of our visits, not just to buy trinket souvenirs, but to talk with the folks there and exchanges stories learned of her birthland...(she left as an infant in 1912, but was taught her cultural heritage in weekend Czech Schools as a child in Chicago)
As a followup to the disaster story... We donated to a relief fund set-up for rebuilding the damaged area in WEST. It is administered by the Baylor University Foundation, with a commitment that 100% of the funds contributed
would go directly to the relief effort...no admin costs at all. Well, twice since the disaster, we have received personal updates from the Baylor Foundation describing the results of the donations from hundreds of folks like us, that totaled over a million dollars. It is a good feeling to know that our donations are actually doing something to help those folks. BTW There are Czech villages from Texas to Minnesota..all having annual festivals, and being a source of great Czech Food. We have visited a number of these plus of course the Czech community in Chichago . KOLACHE,
in the traditional sense are alive and making folks happy all over Mid-America !!!