Three families honored for commitment to Czech Village District

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — People from the Czech Republic made the trip all the way to Cedar Rapids, for a ceremony honoring three families who have helped build up the historic Czech Village district.

This all happened at the third annual Robert Chadima Visionary Awards at the Newbo City Market Monday.  It’s a celebration of all things Czech Village, and those who’ve helped maintain the art and cultural integrity in those neighborhoods over the years.

The Kuba, Van Allen, and McClain families were honored for their work in the district over the years. Five others have also been recognized over the last two years.

The three families played a role in anything from local businesses in the district to the design of the 16th street Lions Bridge, said former President of Czech Village, New Bohemia Main Street District, Chris Wand.

“It’s a fundraiser for our organization but it’s really more of a way to highlight people in the Czech Village district who have done extraordinary things to advance the district and keep the momentum going, that’s been going on the last 20 years here in the district,” said Wand.

Robert Chadima, whom the award is named after, helped bring to life the historic Cherry Building. His family also helped coin the name “New Bohemia” for the district’s name, which was first referred to as Brown Field.

Ashley Neighbor

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids
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