Wilber Czech Museum
Wilber, Nebraska; Saline County
The Wilber Czech Museum was established to preserve Czech artifacts that pertain to the heritage and culture of the Czech pioneer settlers in Nebraska. On July 17th 1963, Wilber was proclaimed ‘Czech Capital of Nebraska’ and was declared the official Czech Capital of the United States on July 10, 1987, in a decree signed by then President Ronald Reagan.
For over 50 years, Wilber has hosted an annual Czech Festival on the first full weekend in August each year. A highlight of the festival is the “Tales of the Czechs”, a re-telling of stories of Czech and Slovak history through the ages, from the first tribe of settlers to Good King Wenceslaus to Vaclav Havel. In 1986, the Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant was added to the festival. State Queens from Alaska to Florida have completed for this prestigious national crown!
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