Komensky Club at UNL
The Komensky Club at UNL was the 5th chapter to join the Nebraska Czechs Inc. They had lapsed in membership before re-joining in 2013
For information contact:
c/o Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce
1133 Oldfather Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0315
History of the Komensky Club
The Czech Komensky Club, named for Jan Amos Komensky (1592-1670) the pioneer educator, is closely tied to Czech language instruction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the cultural and political involvement of its members.
Conceived in December 1903, and officially established in 1904, it became a nursery for influential personalities in Nebraska political and cultural life. Some of the most famous members of Komensky Club are former United States Senator Roman Hruska, poets Ferdinand Musil and Jeffrey Hrbek, and Dr. Olga Stastny, organizer of the modern day World Red Cross, and a founder of the U.S. Association of Female Physicians. Komensky Club was also know in the past as Comenius Club.
According to the club constitution, its aim was to form a bond among Czech-Americans and to provide a model of cultural association to other universities, where students could study Czech language, history, and literature.
As stated above, the club was founded to offer university students of Czech origin a chance to cultivate Czech culture in Nebraska. To meet this goal the club organized poetry readings, musical performances, and other activities for university students and the Czech community in Lincoln.
The Komensky Club cultural program quickly grew from its humble beginnings at UNL, to encompass 28 other clubs across North America by the end of World War I.