About Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota
Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota (Sokol MN) is affiliated with American Sokol, which grew out of an international movement founded in Prague in 1862 by Dr. Miroslav Tyrš.
Our unit was formed in 1882, and we are a social, cultural, educational
and gymnastic organization. Through our many social
activities and educational programs, we seek to preserve and
transmit the vitality of our Czech, Slovak and immigrant
heritage to future generations.
The historic Česko-Slovanský Podporující Spolek (C.S.P.S.) Hall at 383 Michigan Street in the West Seventh neighborhoods of Saint Paul has been our home since 1879, and the focal point for our activities in Saint Paul since the current building was built in 1887. It was declared a National and State Historic Site in 1977, placed on the National Register of Historic Sites, and is the longest serving Czech-Slovak cultural center in the United States, and oldest fitness center, theater and immigrant national hall in the State of Minnesota.
Czech & Slovak Sokol Minnesota welcomes all who share an interest in history, culture, gymnastics and good fellowship. You need not be Czech or Slovak to be a member.
From the Sokol Board of Directors on
the termination of the lease of the
As the Board of Directors of Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota, Inc. (Sokol), we understand that there might be some confusion and concern in the community about the future of the first floor space recently occupied by the Glockenspiel restaurant.
The C.S.P.S. Hall, host to the restaurant, is an important West 7th landmark, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 1977. In 2012, the hall celebrated its 125th anniversary. As the stewards of this historic building, we are tasked with assuring that the property is secure far into the future. To accomplish this goal, the Board adopted a master plan that is in the process of being implemented.
Since 2012, Sokol has initiated a series of infrastructure projects, including asbestos removal, updating plumbing and heating systems, installing fire suppression sprinkling system and air conditioning.
The first floor of the building has been used as a commercial space for a number of businesses over the years, and was always intended to help support the organizational activities of Sokol. For the past fifteen years, we have been fortunate to have the Glockenspiel as a tenant operating a restaurant and community gathering place that is clearly appreciated in our community.
2016 will bring a new phase of hall restoration with focus on the first floor including the restaurant space. Besides renovations to the floor plan, utilities and amenities, focus will be to meet current code standards, improve accessibility, ADA compliances and technology, all done in a historically sensitive manner to prepare the building for the next century.
But for these necessary improvements to move forward, the space must be empty. The current extension of the lease was signed by the owner of the restaurant, Martin Ziegler, in 2011 and has always contained the expiration date of December 31, 2015. As the end of the lease has drawn near, the Board recognized that a December 31 close might disrupt the operations of the restaurant during the holiday season. In a recent letter to Mr. Ziegler reminding him of the upcoming end of the lease, we offered to discuss with him the possibility of staying on for a period of time so that his operations could be wound down smoothly before renovations started.
Rather than discuss the issue with us, Mr. Ziegler made the decision to immediately cease operations at the location. This was his decision, not ours, and we wish him all the best with his future endeavors.
As the Board of Directors of the nonprofit that owns the historic building, our mission is to maintain and preserve this piece of Saint Paul history. Our master plan includes needed improvements to the first floor that we hope will help sustain the building for the next 130 years.
C.S.P.S. Sokol Hall Capital Campaign:
thanks to all who make our fundraising $50,000 challenge
grant a success!
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Sunday November 15, 4 - 6:30 p.m. Potluck supper, family activities for children of all ages. Mikulášská besídka: December 5, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sokol Children’s Holiday Party:
Friday, December 4, 7 p.m. Dancers and gymnasts perform. Visit by Svatý Mikuláš.
Membership Holiday Party:
Sunday, January 3, 2016, 3 p.m. Fun and food.
Reservations by December 20: 651-290-0542.
13th Annual Candlelight Roast Duck Dinner:
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 5 p.m. With soup, potato dumplings, sweet and sour red cabbage, and dessert. Limited seating. $22 per person. Cash bar. Prepaid reservations by January 19: 952-941-0426.
Activities at our historic C.S.P.S Hall include:
- Ethnic dinners featuring fall Czech and spring Slovak Menus
- Cultural celebrations including
Šibřinky (Czech costumed ball) Dance, Czech-Slovak Festival (September 14),
Children's and Adult Christmas parties, and the Festival of Nations
- Monthly meetings with programs
- Spring and Fall pancake breakfast with craft and bake sale
- Children's folk dancing groups and culture camp
- Fitness programming including
young girls' gymnastics program and competitions
- Senior activities (singing, exercise and
including participation in national and international programs
- Educational classes (language, cooking, genealogy)
- Film series and musical events
- Summer garage sale
- Partnerships with Czech/Slovak cultural and historic
organizations including the
Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota and the
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International
- Gift shop with imported items