When the Czech and Slovak immigrant community built Bohemian National Hall in 1896 there were more than 40,000 Czech and Slovak compatriots living in the area and the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association - (BBLA) - acted as an umbrella organization to over 40 associations.
Today, its member organization are:
American Fund for Czech and Slovak Leadership Studies
The mission of the American Fund for Czech and Slovak Leadership Studies is to help establish and maintain a strong foundation for long-term leadership, innovation and excellence in the academic, cultural and economic sectors of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, by providing financial as well as non-financial support for exchange programs and initiatives to promising young men and women in these countries. The Fund is committed to empowering tomorrow's Czech and Slovak leaders with the skill, knowledge and real world experience they will need to carry on the work of improving the standard of living, working and government in their own communities and cities.
The Fund is dedicated to upholding and strengthening the highest personal and professional values of our time, in its internal as well as external operations, stakeholder relations and above all in its exchange programs and collaborative activities:
- Tolerance and Non discrimination
Sokol New York, American Sokol Organization
American Sokol is a multi-faceted organization guiding its members throughout life from early youth through maturity, to physical and moral health, good citizenship and responsible patriotism, combined with continuous self-improvement. These goals are pursued through general physical fitness activities, gymnastics and sports, as well as varied and cultural activities. Its purpose is to fulfill the needs of Americans through the activities and traditions set forth by Miroslav Tyrs, Doctor of Phuilogospy and founder of the Sokol movement, and the forefathers who brought the Sokol idea to the United States.
Czech and Slovak Solidarity Council
The Czech and Slovak Solidarity Council is the successor organization of the Council of Free Czechoslovakia, founded in Washington D.C. on the 25th of February 1949 as the central political organization of the Czechoslovak exiles for the purpose of fighting from abroad for the liberation of Czechoslovakia from communist dictatorship. The Czech and Slovak Solidarity Council was established with the same membership but under the new name and with a new constitution in 1993 following the division of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.
The Council is guided by the conviction that the Slovaks and the Czechs are two nations which are closely related to one another by blood and historical ties and that in the past their mutual relations in their common state were the foundation of democracy, stability and development in Central Europe.The Council proceeds from the supposition that the Czechs and the Slovaks in their own lands as well as those constituting Czech and Slovak communities abroad desire further to continue and to cultivate those relations for the benefit of the lands of their origin and for the sake of maintaining and expanding their common heritage.Therefore, the purpose of the Council is to cultivate solidarity and cooperation between the two nations, actively to participate in the deepening of their mutual relations, to support democratic development, political stability and economic growth of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic and their membership in the larger European and transatlantic communities of the free and democratic nations of the two continents.
In order to promote these objectives, the Council considers it to be its special mission to maintain close ties between the Czechs and the Slovaks living abroad, especially in the large Czech and Slovak communities in the United States, to keep in close contact with the Czech and Slovak embassies in Washington, the consular offices in the United states and especially with the political and cultural institutions in Slovakia and the Czech Republic sharing its view of the solidarity between our two nations.
Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences
The SVU is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, cultural organization, dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, the free dissemination of ideas, and the fostering of contacts among people. It brings together scholars, scientists, artists, writers, students, lawyers, businessmen, and others throughout the world who have a professional, family or other interest in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, their history, peoples, or their cultural and intellectual contributions.
Dvorak American Heritage Association
The Dvořák American Heritage Association (DAHA) was founded in 1990 to rescue the 1850s row house on East 17th Street in Manhattan's Stuyvesant Square neighborhood
where Antonín Dvořák and his family spent three notably productive and adventuresome years (1892-95). While living in the house Dvořák composed the "New World" Symphony,
the Biblical Songs, the most famous of the Humoresques and the Cello Concerto, among other works, and met with students such as Harry Burleigh and important musical
dignitaries. Although the efforts to preserve the “Dvořák House” were ultimately blocked, DAHA was able to create the Dvořák Room, an exhibition and study space within
the landmarked Bohemian National Hall, incorporating the salvaged mantelpiece and historic bronze plaque from the house in its permanent display.
Since its inception DAHA has continued to carry out its mission, to commemorate, celebrate, and explore Dvořák's extraordinary musical contributions, with a special emphasis on his years in the United States. Since 2006, DAHA has been presenting annual concert and lecture series that highlight the music of Dvořák and the masterworks of his American students and followers as well as the broad scope of Czech musical culture. DAHA produces at least five events per year, including musicales and orchestral, chamber and solo performances, as well as exhibitions and lectures on topics such as "The Contract That Brought Antonín Dvořák to America," featuring the original signed document acquired by DAHA for its growing archive. Walking tours of the Stuyvesant Square district where Dvořák lived from 1892 to 1895 are also offered periodically. For more information, and to see DAHA’s upcoming events, visit www.dvoraknyc.org.