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Spotlight: The Nation Czech & Slovak Museum

At Advantage Archives, we are proud to have partnered with the National Czech & Slovak Museum on their recent digitization project. The museum, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Czech and Slovak people. With a mission to inspire people from every background to connect to Czech and Slovak history and culture, the museum is a vital resource for the community and beyond.

The museum’s extensive archives contain a wealth of historical documents that provide valuable insights into the Czech and Slovak immigrant experience, their contributions to American society, and their cultural traditions. However, due to the fragility and limited accessibility of some of these materials, the museum embarked on a digitization project to ensure their preservation and make them more widely available to researchers, scholars, and the public.

As part of this project, Advantage collaborated with the National Czech & Slovak Museum to digitize and index their archives, making them accessible online through the link The digitization process involved scanning and digitizing a vast collection of documents, creating high-quality digital images, and organizing them in a user-friendly digital platform for easy navigation and searchability.


The digitization project has brought numerous benefits to the National Czech & Slovak Museum and its community. First, it has helped in the preservation of fragile and historically significant documents, ensuring their long-term accessibility and preventing further deterioration due to handling. Second, it has expanded the reach of the museum’s collections beyond their physical location, making them accessible to a wider audience worldwide. Scholars, researchers, and genealogists now have the opportunity to explore the museum’s archives remotely, opening up new avenues for research and discovery.

The digitization project has also enriched the museum’s educational initiatives, providing a valuable resource for students, teachers, and history enthusiasts. The user-friendly digital platform makes it a powerful tool for learning and research. The museum’s archives now serve as a virtual classroom, providing a window into the history, culture, and traditions of Czech and Slovak people.

Through our partnership with the National Czech & Slovak Museum, Advantage Archives is honored to have contributed to the preservation and accessibility of their invaluable history. We commend the museum for its commitment to preserving and showcasing Czech and Slovak history and culture and for its dedication to promoting education and research. The digitization project is a testament to their vision and commitment to making their collections accessible to a global audience.

We encourage everyone to explore the digitized archives of The National Czech & Slovak Museum at and delve into the rich history and cultural heritage of Czech and Slovak people.

Advantage believes strongly in building lasting partnerships, which is why we enter into them with the intent of shouldering our fair share. We take the burden off of the community for the ongoing costs associated with storage, hosting, development, and maintenance of their Community History Archive. We are proud to participate actively in the community’s efforts to make their collective history more accessible.

If you are outside of Cedar Rapids and would like to see YOUR local history online, please contact your local library, newspaper publisher, genealogical society, historical society, museum, or educational institution, and encourage them to learn more about creating a Community History Archive like the one The Nation Czech & Slovak Museum has created for theirs. Ask them to e-mail us at, or have them contact us at (855) 303-2727.

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