NEWS FROM THE CZECH CENTER MUSEUM HOUSTON - APRIL 17, 2014
From the Heart of Europe to the Heart of Houston Texas
in the Museum District
4920 San Jacinto Street, Houston, Texas 77004 - 713.528.2060
Open Monday - Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Julie Halek Kloess, Our Shining Star, Our Honorary Board Member since 2002 has continued to support the Czech Center Museum Houston. It has been said that, "Philanthropy is all about making a positive difference in the world by devoting your resources and time to causes you believe in." We thank her for believing in the Czech Center Museum Houston. Her financial contribution is shown on all floors of this beautiful Baroque building that she supported, even before it was built and occupied in 2004. Her support helped us to confidently purchase the land and, together with countless others, launch the construction of our home in the Museum District of Houston. It is safe to say with her largess, together with Oleta and Louis Hanus, Thelma Burnett Maresh, Frank and Mary Pokluda and the Club 200 members, the organization was able to start sooner on the building project. In the intervening time she continues to send her support quarterly. She is not physically able to travel so has not been to see us for some years now but, same as her earlier support, she continues to make a donation knowing the value of it continues the mission of culture and heritage for Perpetuity. Julie was Pilsen-born. She lived through the Dresden bombing while being involuntarily conscripted in Hitler's youth corp.
Marcella Klima, MD. We have lost another stalwart supporter of CCMH with news from Dr. Tomas Klima Friday morning, March 21, 2014, of the death of his wife Marcella Pikálková Klima M.D., in Prague. She had remained there since January 20, 2010, having suffered a stroke.
The Klima family arrived to Houston during Prague Spring, 1968 from a bad communist situation in Czechoslovakia and became very active Americans who retained love of their 100% Czech Heritage. Both pathologists, they worked at St. Luke's Hospital and Texas Heart Institute. Tomas arrived first in March 1968 to St. Luke's for an American orientation. In September 1968 their daughter Eva (a family practice physician in a Dallas suburb), at age 5 years, accompanied her mother Marcella, and Tomas' mother, (a pediatrician spared by the Nazis in Terezin Camp to hold down the diseases of the incarcerated's children) arrived in Houston. Elsa Schulhofova Klima, M.D. died in Houston, however, two short months after arrival here. Tomas' father, Jaroslav Klima, M.D., with all his family but one uncle who raised Tomas, was executed by the Nazis. He was a physician too, an infectious disease specialist. Interestingly, Tomas was actually an American citizen due to his parents (physicians) involvement in a year's work/study in the American Public Health System in Baltimore, Maryland in 1931, courtesy the Rockefeller Foundation. Thereafter, his father subsequently established in his country, Czechoslovakia, the world's first Children's Vaccination Program in 1936. Tomas was born in Baltimore unexpectedly in 1931, they returned to Prague 10 months later in 1932, and lived there until 1968.
Drs. Tomas and Marcella Klima, with Houston's Dr. Arthur Jansa, an orthopedic surgeon, established a Texas Czech Physician exchange program where 196 physicians from the Czech Republic (after the Velvet Revolution of 1989), by private sponsorship received additional medical studies in the Texas Medical Center hospitals until the program's cessation in 2012. Bill and I were proud to serve on the board. Marcella's goal was to live long enough (she did) to write the unique, very collectible Cooking with the Klimas cookbook so her daughter would always know the cuisine of her homeland.
Drs. Tomas and Marcella Klima are CCMH Honorary Board Members. You might wish to consider an Endowment Honorarium for Marcella Klima, M.D. Her funeral service will be in Prague in late April. We are very proud that this Czech born family, first and foremost, proudly joined CCMH in 1997, "grateful for CCMH Mission of Heritage preservation," gave support throughout the years, even several times cooked authentic Czech dinners for 12 lucky donors for our fundraisers. The Klima family has many friends in Texas and, of course, elsewhere in the world. We miss this warm congenial lady.
The Dialogue Institute Southwest sponsored its Seventh Annual Dinner of Abrahamic Traditions at the Czech Center Museum Houston (CCMH), 4920 San Jacinto, Houston, Texas on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
The event consisted of dinner and a three-person panel discussion which drew 120 participants. The CEO of the Center, Effie Rosene, welcomed all.
With the help of dedicated volunteers, Bill Tamer, the Institute's director in the greater Houston area, coordinated the event. He too welcomed everyone, and, after the dinner, he introduced the moderator of the panel discussion, Rev. Paul Chovanec, a CCMH board member.
By way of introducing the panel discussion, Fr. Paul acknowledged the host of the evening, the Czech Center Museum Houston, which has been in operation for 20 years, 10 years at its present location. "The mission of the CCMH," he said," is to promote a love for everyone's personal heritage, whatever it might be, with a special emphasis on the Czech and Slovak heritage. This Center is modeled on the Baroque palaces of Prague, and I like to think of it as a home for citizens of the world."
The dinner and panel discussion were dedicated in a general way to honoring the historic personage of Abraham, who lived about 4,000 years ago. For his faithfulness, obedience, and hospitality, Abraham is regarded as a seminal and saintly figure by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The topic of the panel discussion was "Appreciating Bounties: Good Health," as understood by each of the Abrahamic traditions.
The first panelist was Rabbi Samuel Karff, a former Air Force chaplain, prolific author, Doctor of Hebrew Letters in Rabbinic Theology, and Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel (Houston, TX) which he served from 1975 - 1999.
The next speaker was the Reverend Reginald Samuels, who holds a degree in Economics from the University of Georgia in Athens, and who, after extensive experience in the business world and theological formation at St. Mary's Seminary, Houston, TX, was ordained a Catholic priest, and currently serves as the Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The third member of the panel was Mr. Ali Riza Candir, an Islamic scholar with a Master of Arts degree in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations. He is the executive director of the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest and co-editor of the book Transitional Initiatives of Education, Dialog and Humanitarian Aid: The Gulen Movement.
Each panelist spoke about the theme from the perspective of his own tradition and then accepted questions from the audience. Afterward, Bill Tamer thanked the panelists for their presentations and the CCMH for hosting the event. In memory of the evening, he presented a finely enameled plate to Effie Rosene, CEO of the Czech Center. Thereafter, Muslims who wished to pray their evening prayers went to the third floor to do so.
This Dinner of Abrahamic Traditions was one of hundreds of such events sponsored by the Dialogue Institute throughout the world. For more information, one may contact Bill Tamer at email@example.com.
Ed: Prepared by CCMH Board Member Rev. Paul Chovanec
It has been suggested that the phrase, "Abrahamic religion," may simply mean that all these religions come from one spiritual source. Christians refer to Abraham as a "father in faith." There is an Islamic religious term, Millat Ibrahim (faith of Ibrahim), indicating that Islam sees itself as having practices tied to the traditions of Abraham. Jewish tradition claims descent from Abraham, and adherents follow his practices and ideals as the first of the three spiritual "fathers" or biblical patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Ed: Source Wikipedia
Member Paul Sofka Continues to Give Back! Says it is Never Too Late to help! He writes on a recent Haiti trip, "I did a tour of remote villages in Haiti, visiting with families where, Pure Water for the World, a US based NGO, recently installed permanent-type water filters in their meager homes. Also, we met with other village leaders who begged us to help them with obtaining pure water. The water source for most of these villages is a nearby stream or whatever source of water is available. I commonly saw many mothers walking a mile or so back to their village with a bucket of water balanced on their heads. This unclean water would be given to their children to drink and to cook."
His recent trip was to discuss a large water treatment facility serving a poor area in Port au Prince called Citi Soleil for about thirty thousand. "We have been meeting with Haitian officials attempting to build a facility which can provide pure water at our cost of 5 cents per gallon. They currently pay about 10 cents per gallon for water that is unclean. Most Haitians (50%) do not have access to pure water, electricity, plumbing, etc. The average Haitian who can find work averages only $2 per day in wages! Haiti is a very poor, neglected country with very little natural resources and an infrastructure that was decimated by the 2010 earthquake. The picture to the left shows a hand dug shallow well that is the main source of drinking water for this village. The picture to the right (Paul is seen in red shirt with cap on) is an irrigation ditch which also is a source of drinking water. Needless to say, before we installed about 250 permanent water filters in this village, many women and children suffered from waterborne sickness and disease."
"It is easy to take for granted the simple comforts of our lives! How blessed we are to be born and live in this country! Nevertheless, I am committed to help as much as I can. I will shortly begin a new fund raising effort to bring more water filters into the remote villages of Haiti. If anyone is interested in helping, they can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.854.2640. Thanks for your interest."
Ed: This is one of many trips he has made to Haiti. Paul and his wife Annette are University of St. Thomas graduates and long-time CCMH supporters.
Petrof Piano Company Timeline – The Czech Center Museum Houston is proud of its two Petrof baby grand pianos on its first and second floors donated by John Vacek and Julie Kloess and share here some information about the history of this Czech company
1839 - Birth of the company founder, Antonín Petrof. 1857 - Antonín Petrof goes to Vienna to learn how to build grand pianos at the companies: Heitzman Ehrbar Schweighofer. 1864 - Hradec Králové – construction of the first concert grand piano. 1865 - Antonín Petrof transforms his father’s joinery workshop into a piano maker’s workshop in the old town behind the Cathedral of the Holy Ghost – the first grand piano is built. 1866 - Austro-Prussian battle at Hradec Králové – production is interrupted. 1874 - The company relocates to a new property outside of the city in the direction of Brno; apart from upright pianos, the company also starts making bourdons (a type of organ pipe). 1880 - A subsidiary in Temesvar in Hungary is opened. 1881 - The company starts keyboard production and the construction of action. 1883 - Production of upright pianos is introduced. 1895 - The company starts exporting instruments and a warehouse and service centre are established in Vienna. 1899 - Antonín Petrof is appointed by the Emperor as court piano-builder for the Austro-Hungarian Empire and secret councilor. Both titles are later transferred to his sons. 1908 - The company is transformed into a limited liability company, and Marie Petrofová is the confidential clerk. Not only the founder, but also his sons Jan, Antonín and from 1914 the youngest Vladimír (2nd generation) work for the company. 1915 - Antonín Petrof and his wife Marie die. Throughout the years of the war, the company is managed by the youngest son Vladimír. 1924 - Production of electro-pneumatic pianos and later radio-acoustic pianos is introduced. Exports to Japan, China, Australia and South America. 1928 - PETROF together with the significant American manufacturer Steinway open a subsidiary in London at Wigmore Street. The company management enlarges the company administration with the 3rd Petrof generation: Dimitrij, Eduard and Eugene. 1934 - GRAND PRIX – PETROF instruments win the gold medal at the world EXPO in Brussels. 400 people work at the factory. 1948 - Nationalization of the factory. The Petrof’ property and rights are confiscated. 1954 - A development department for upright pianos and grand pianos is established. 1958 - Bourdon production is stopped – the PETROF Mondial grand piano wins the gold medal at EXPO Brussels. 1991 - Ing. Jan Petrof (4th generation) takes over after 43 years of totalitarian regime – start of the privatization process. 1994 - A new modern research centre is opened with its own large-capacity free-field measuring chamber, the largest of its kind in the Czech Republic. 1997 - Továrna na pianina, is established in Hradec Králové. 1998 - Privatization of the company by PETROF, spol. sro. is finalized. 1999 - 135th anniversary of establishment of the PETROF company. 2001 - PETROF, spol. sro. – The factory passed successfully into the hands of the Petrof family, the 5th generation enters. 2003 - 2004 - The customer can provide his or her own instrument magnetically balanced keyboard. The first instrument using MAA action is built and presented at Frankfurt 2004 in Germany. 140th anniversary of establishment of the PETROF company – Mgr. Zuzana Ceralová - Petrofová (5th generation) becomes president of the company – production of upright and grand piano action of private construction is renewed. 2005 - Mgr. Zuzana Ceralová - Petrofová is appointed president of the European Federation of Music Instrument Manufacturers – CAFIM. 2006 – Production series of 5 grand piano sizes, addition of the P 210 Pasat and PETROF VI concert pianos. Upon request from the customer, it is possible to fit the instrument with its own magnetically balanced keyboard. P 210 Pasat a PETROF VI. Na přání zákazníka je možno opatřit nástroj vlastní magneticky vyvažovanou klávesnicí. 2007 - PETROF instruments are marked with the new seal of European Excellence (EEX). This brand emphasizes the European origin of the instrument and guarantees a long lifetime, expert service and high user value. Custom piano building for the most demanding customers, Storm concert grand piano. 2008 - Opening of the subsidiary PETROF USA, new P 237 Monsoon, P 173 Breeze and P 159 Bora grand pianos. P 237 Monsoon, P 173 Breeze and P 159 Bora. 2009 - Completion of the new generation of PETROF grand pianos. Cooperation with an audio legend, Mark Levinson (cabinets for speakers for high-end audio system Daniel Hertz). 2012 – Introduction of the new upright piano P 127 Next, the new instrument of modern design (Modern collection). 2013 – The intonation process improved, PETROF grand pianos now have wider dynamic range.
Jerrie Hejl Collins Sends Us a Picture of the Class of 1948 – 49 Members of the Czech Club at the University of Texas. See if you can identify cute Jerrie, a current Board Member of the Czech Center Museum Houston and a future judge in Liberty, Texas to win a prize! Jerrie writes, "As promised I am sending you a picture we talked about. I was 'young and gay' in those days and had a pretty good memory; but today, I wonder if I have named the people correctly and if your Board Member is really the person mentioned in a Czech Center program recently. In any event, those were good days at U.T., and I am happy to share this with you. As young we all appreciated our heritage, as we do today. I was so impressed with the museum and in the problems you and your husband go through every day – and night – worrying about 'what's to be done next' to preserve the Czech identity. May my small check help things along. Beryl Hogshead and I go a long way together. I was a volunteer at the House of Amos when Beryl was running the show…..she and I are to taste Kolaches at the New Kolache shop some time next week. She's a 'go-getter!' I will try to convince my sons to take me to the Gala on September 5th. I know it will be fun.
Ed: Jerrie Hejl Collins is fourth from the right in the front row. Names of the group are listed below. It would be breathtaking if this many were even taking the Czech language class there now. Jerrie's major was Czech and Russian!
Czech Club, University of Texas, Austin, TX – long session 1948-1949
1st row, l to r: Dorothy Marina; Mary Bubenik; Mildred Marasovitch; Gladys Musil; Regina Prikryl; (unknown); GeNelle Janca; Jerrie Hejl; Isabel Hafernick; Joy Labay; Marsella Kubicek
2nd row, l to r: Lillian Cerveny; Marjorie Papacek; Ettie Musil; Spreen; Mary E. Zaruba; Ann Elsner; Helen Pope; LaNelle Janca; Hedy Mokry; Adeline Baletka; Joyce Sefcik
3rd row, l to r: Frank Horak; Daniel Zabcik; Bernard Mukulencak; Johnny Pokorny; Jesse Sobotik; Albert Michalik; Albert Reevis; Frank Mukulencak; Dr. Edward Micek; J. E. Zivney
4th row, l to r: Johnny Marek; Gilbert Motl; James Skrabanek; Jerry Coufal; Ben Parma; Stanley Mrnustik; Melvin Skrabanek; (unknown); Johnny Schovajsa
5th row, l to r: (?) McElroy; Joe Malik; Darwin Labay; Eugene Natardus; Eldon Chernosky; Ernest Hensen; Jerry Kopecek; Zeke Zbranek; Wesley Pustejovsky
Czech Minister says those with residence permits should be given a chance to participate in decision-making process. Foreigners with a long-term stay in the Czech Republic who are from countries outside the European Union may perhaps be granted the right to vote in local elections, Human Rights Minister Jiří Dienstbier (Social Democrats, ČSSD) told the Czech News Agency Friday. Immigrants' participation in the decision-making process in their place of residence would contribute to their integration, Dienstbier said. He said he wanted to open a debate on the voting right to immigrants and amendments to election laws. At the end of last year, some 441,500 foreigners had a legal stay in the Czech Republic - 238,900 of them, a permanent stay. "There is the question of whether those living here for five to 10 years should be given the right to vote, at least on the local level," Dienstbier said. "If we want to integrate foreigners who live here for a long time, giving them a bigger share in the decision-making process, or at least a better reaction to the problems they encounter here, can only help," Dienstbier said. He said it was in the Czech Republic's interest to try to integrate immigrants as well as possible, he added. "As they have evidently behaved in keeping with regulations and fulfilled their duties, they have proved they are, to a certain degree, integrated into society," Dienstbier said. "Why should they not be given the opportunity to take part in the decision making?" he added. Dienstbier said people with permanent stays mostly remained in the Czech Republic and considered it their new home. As only Czech citizens can currently vote in the Czech Republic, election laws would have to be amended, he added. Compared with advanced European and North American countries, the Czech Republic only has mediocre conditions for foreigners' integration. According to the international Migrant Integration Policy Index, the Czech Republic occupied the 23rd place from among the 23 assessed countries, having gained 46 out of 100 points.
The Czech Republic was last but one when it came to foreigners' participation in politics and is one of the strictest countries when it comes to the granting of citizenship in the EU. The ratio of the immigrants who have become citizens to the total number of foreigners in the Czech Republic is the lowest of any country in the EU. The EU average is 23 granted citizenships per 1,000 foreigners a year, but in the Czech Republic it is only four.
Ed: Courtesy of the Prague Post
The following generous individuals and families are Endowment Fund for Perpetuity Appeal 2014 Sponsors to date (noted in red are contributors added since the last notice in March):
$10,000 to $25,000 Marek Family Foundation+, Mary & Frank Pokluda*+, Laverne Nash*, Cynthia Gdula & Charles Westervelt+*, Lorraine Rod Green**, Chris Hlavinka**, Wesley Pustejovsky+*, Rosene Family*. $5,000 to $10,000+ Larry & Cathy Rosene Anderson, Robert Janak, Emil Kovalcik, Charles Kubin, Lindsey & Sherry Rosene Pierce, Kenneth Voytek & Ruby Wendler Estate. $1,000 to $5,000+ Eva Maria Bartoskova Campo, Adelma Graham, Grace & Bill England, Burdine, Johnson & Christopher Venghiattis, Eric & Christie Rosene Johnson, John Kahanek III, Mark & Betty Kubala, Ann & Elbert Link, Kerry Mazoch, Edward & Sandra Jircik Pickett, Rudolf Rusnak, Betti Saunders, Marilyn Sikora, Glenn Sternes. $500 to $1,000+ Purvis & Lynne Harper, Danette Cornelius, Ann & Bert Link#, James & Jeanette Mallory, Tammy Mikeska, Charlotte Matula, Jean Stratton, Albert & Margaret Smaistrla, Henry Tyroch, William Vavrik, Gladys Oakley. $200 to $500+ Joy Koym Balderach, Purvis & Lynn Harper, Cathy Jankovic, Dan & Suzanne Kubin, Alma Berger, T.P. & Burnette Boyett, Cecilia Forrest, Larry Janak, Jere & Sue Wallace. $0 to $199 Joyce M. Bartos, Jerry & Anna Brannan, K.D. Charalampous, MD, Patricia Creed, Tomas Hart of the Czech Embassy, Virginia Hodge, Eddie Janek Sr., Harper & Pearson, Emil Ogden, Jane Cyva, Albina Flieller, Cecilia Forrest, John & Frances Istvan, Stephen Hlavinka, Jean Humlicek, Janet Vacek Jones, James & Amelia Kaluza, Clare Kollaja, Charlene Mallett, Bessmarie & Charles Prazak, Emil & Connie Stavinoha, Barry & Marian Malac, Norman & Tracey Zetka, Veronica Frost, Tim Opatrny, Wayne Shandera, MD, Agnes Shimanek, LL, Laverne Zbranek, Norman Zetka, and Marie Zinnante.
+ Response to appeal & pledge; * Certificate Loan Surrender; ** Legacy Gift; # Certificate Loan Interest Deposit;
+/- Endowment from 12/31/2013 - $253,600
Thanks to Friends of the Czech Center Museum Houston who have made a contribution to the CCMH Endowment Fund 2014 Appeal. We are grateful to these supporters who will help our museum remain one of Houston's treasured gems and who have recognized, in their generous and thoughtful gifts, this critical component of support to establish an Endowment to allow CCMH to continue its mission for future generations. The Endowment will relieve the constant striving for funds over, above and beyond basic admission and membership dues. This effort continues, so please consider Gifts to the Endowment Fund 2014 at this time. Your gift may be made on-line right here, or make a check payable to CCMH.
Register Now! Join the Festivities! Coming Soon, The Apollo Chamber Players and European Folkscapes. Friday, September 5, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. Commencing the celebration of "10 Years – 10 Million!" Growing an Endowment Appeal for Perpetuity. First of a series of Cultural Events in Houston's Museum District Mid-September through Mid-October. Celebrating Ten Years since Opening the Baroque Palace on September 1, 2004. A museum connecting People to Heritage, History and the World. Other events are being planned. The Czech Center Museum Houston invites you to Brno Gallerie, Prague Hall, and Pilsen Hall.
Ed: The Apollo Chamber Players are a quartet of string musicians who studied at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and recently made their Carnegie Hall debut. The Chamber is sponsored by CCMH member Beryl Hogshead in memory of her immigrant father Louis Andor Komjathy who was born September 15, 1898 in the Austrian Hungarian Empire.
Register Now! STEM Presentation by CCMH Member, Tom Rowan, NASA Scientist/Engineer, September 6, 2014 in Pilsen Hall. Interesting presentation on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for ages 9 to 12, but everyone is invited to learn why so important in this day and age.
Helen Antoinette Zemek Baine died peacefully on December 3, 2013, after a long, exciting, and inspiring life. Her devoted grandson, Charles Cincebeaux, and dedicated nurse, Kelly Bush, supported and cared for her until her death from natural causes. Helen was born in Johnson City, New York, on November 30, 1917, the third daughter of Czechoslovak immigrant parents. She attended a one-room country schoolhouse where she quickly learned English and skipped two grades. Lunch came from a pot to which students added what they could. An airplane flying overhead was an exciting event which emptied the schoolhouse so everyone could see it. She graduated from high school at 15 and completed 2 years of business school in one year because that was all her father could afford. She met Peter (Pat) Baine at a corn husking event. He shucked a red ear which allowed him to kiss any girl, and he chose Helen. Both sets of parents were horrified when they decided to marry. Helen was only 16 and Pat was 24. Pat was born in Lithuania, so they were marrying outside their ethnic groups. They were happily married for 45 years until Pat's death in 1979. Helen worked at the Army Engineers and then for Social Security Administration. Her native language proved useful when she was assigned to work with widows of miners who had died of black lung disease. She could speak to them in their own Slavic language and translate their documents. Helen also took evening classes at Syracuse University College, one of the first adult learners, finally completing her BA degree in 1979.
In 1965, Helen visited her family in the "old country," (then Czechoslovakia) then bravely went alone to Moscow. She escaped her tourist guide, explored the subway, talked with people, and discovered she loved to travel. From 1970 to 2010, she returned to Czechoslovakia almost every year. She and her older daughter, Helene, roamed the villages, meeting people, taking photographs, and collecting gorgeous folk dress. They published Treasures of Slovakia, a book of their photographs. In 1990, they began leading tours to some of their favorite places and folk artists and helped people find their long-lost families. Helen and Helene exhibited their magnificent folk dress collection in twenty museums in the US, including the Czech Center Museum Houston. Their photo exhibitions were shown in 12 different countries, and led to an invitation to visit the Sultanate of Oman where they stayed in a sheik's city palace on the ocean and the village palace with 14 bedrooms. They traveled to Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Chuvashia and remote villages in China to learn how people live there. Helen loved it all, eventually visiting more than 50 countries. Helen also gave back to her community by doing taxes as an AARP Tax Aide volunteer for over 25 years. She didn't even use a computer! Finally, Helen refused to die until after a family Thanksgiving dinner followed by her 96th birthday. She is survived by two daughters, Helene Cincebeaux of Rochester, NY and Rosalie Baine of Atlanta, GA, grandchildren Christopher Cincebeaux, Charles Cincebeaux, Kristin Cederquist, and Benjamin Buell, and great-grandchildren Emily, Madeline, and Tyler Cincebeaux, a brother, Paul Zemek, and Anastasia Fialla, an honorary family member to whom we are most grateful. A memorial service commemorating Helen's extraordinary life was held on April 5th.
Ed: She and daughter Helene Cincebeaux were a memorable team.
Roy Henry Cullen, the grandson of legendary oilman Hugh Roy Cullen and a member of Houston's most prominent philanthropic family, died at age 84 Friday at his River Oaks home. Born on Oct. 29, 1929, the oldest child of Roy Gustav Cullen and Katherine Thompson Cullen, Cullen later joked that he was born on the day of the great stock market crash. After graduating from Lamar High School and attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., where he studied engineering, Cullen learned the "oil business" from his grandfather, and, with other family members, discovered and developed oil fields operated by Quintana Petroleum Company. He served as an officer and director of Quintana for many years. He was one of the original board members of Cullen Bank and continued to serve on the board after its merger with Frost Bank in 1977. Among his many charitable interests, Cullen, who chaired the board of the Cullen Foundation from 1998 until January of this year, worked actively to raise money for and awareness of Parkinson's disease. Once his daughter, Lillie, was diagnosed with the disease at age 38, he was passionate about helping researchers find a cure. She died in 2004 at age 53. He is survived by his wife, Mary Garcia Cullen, four children, brother Harry Cullen, sister Cornelia Long, and numerous extended family members.
Ed: This Houston Philanthropist, who practiced photography as a hobby, had many showings of his work. From among these, he graciously contributed his study of pictures of the Prague Ballet performance in Wortham Hall, taken from the wings of the stage, which are proudly displayed in Pilsen Hall at the Czech Center Museum Houston. We will miss this friend and benefactor who, through the fabled Cullen Foundation of which he was president, granted monies to finish the Comenius Library.
Reference CCMH Endowment for Perpetuity Fund Appeal 2014
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Czech Language Online Daily It would be impossible not to learn from these simple distinct lessons. Try it now!
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Good Reads Available at our Prague International Gift Shop:
Texas Czech Polka Bands by CCMH Members Jimmy Brosch with Theresa Cernoch Parker.
Rustic Baroque - A novel by Jiri Hajicek - Set in South Bohemia about a decade after the Velvet Revolution.
Border Crossings - A Memoir that Reads Like a Thriller! by Charles Novacek.
Prague, My Long Journey Home - by Charles Ota Heller. A memoir of Survival, Denial and Redemption, providing a window into one Czech American's experiences!
The Czech Pioneers of the Southwest by Dr. Henry R. Maresh - a must read for research of your genealogy.
Living Longer Than Hate - W. J. Bill Morgan's life, a Story of Survival and Success by C.S. Ragsdale, PhD.
Fields of Light, A Son Remembers His Heroic Father by CCMH Member Joseph Hurka.
They called him “Žižka” – The One-Eyed. A grizzled warrior, he rose from service as a mere bodyguard at the court of King Wenceslas to lead armies of peasant men and women. By Jim Fuxa, CCMH member.
For information on these books and to order, call: 713.528.2060 or visit our website.
2014 Calendar of Events
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Czech Center Museum Houston hosted the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest's Dinner of Abrahamic Traditions. Attendees not only were able to meet people from different faiths and cultures, they were able to listen to and interact with three distinguished speakers from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim backgrounds.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Museum Experience Day including the Czech Center Museum Houston 10:00 to 4:00pm.
September 5, 2014
"Ten Year -Ten Million" Growing an Endowment for Perpetuity for future generations. A Museum to connect People to Heritage, History and the World.
Celebrating the Opening of the Czech Center Museum Houston, September 1, 2004 to the World, in the Museum District with special featured speakers, exhibits, and programs during the month of September.
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Friday, September 5, 2014
Register Now! Join the Festivities! 7:30pm Prague Hall The Apollo Chamber Players and European Folkscapes
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Tom Rowan, NASA Scientist/Engineer presents STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math – Fun to learn for 9 to 12 year olds.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
National Czech Slovak Day Democracy (October 28, 1918) First Republic.
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Monday, November 17, 2014
Remembering the Velvet Revolution End of Communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989 leading eventually to second Republic 1992.
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Saturday, December 6, 2014
Saint Nicholas Eve Celebration with the Bishop, Angel, and Devil, A Holiday Dinner for friends, families, and children.
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The CCMH wishes our Members, Friends and Friends to be a Happy Easter Holiday!
The CCMH wishes our Jewish Faith Members, Friends and Friends to be a Happy Passover Holiday!
An Irish Toast: There are good ships, And there are wood ships, The ships that sail the sea, But the best ships are Friendships - And may they always be.
"Time goes by so fast; people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you." Anonymous
"Those that say that individuals are not capable of changing anything
are only looking for excuses."
"To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root."
Chinese and Czech Proverb
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Effie M. Rosene, Chair/CEO, on behalf of Board of Directors,
Volunteers and Members and Friends.
This organization is supported in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the
Houston Arts Alliance and by the contributions of our Friends, Members and Volunteers.
2014 – City of Houston, Port of Houston: We celebrate 100 years
as a deep water port (1914-2014).
With the Panama Canal expansion opening in 2015, the Port of Houston
will be a direct conduit to Mid-America.
2014 – April 17, 2014 we remember the tragic explosion in
West, Texas on this day in 2013.