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2000 – The 1st Souhrada Family Reunion in the Czech Republic
by La Vonne Souhrada Noska
For a description in the Czech language, click here
Jiri and Vera Souhrada of Pisek, Czech Republic were hosts to the first Souhrada reunion outside the United States on September 9, 2000. The festivities took place at a hunting lodge near Krizatke, overlooking the Souhrada farmland.
The 45 Souhrada family members in attendance were from Bernartice, Chrastiny, Dolni Zahori, Horni Zahori, Hrazanky, Jamny, Pisek, Prague, Smrkovice, Srlin, Tachov, and Zvikovske Podhradi in the Czech Republic. The Americans in attendance included Velma Vanicek Flynn of Davenport, Iowa, John Vanicek of Muskego, Wisconsin, Anton Vanicek of Muscatine, Iowa, Dave and Janel Stephens of Tipton, Iowa, Viola Noska of Piquot Lakes, Minnesota and La Vonne Noska of Springfield, Illinois.
The day was spent getting acquainted, identifying our place on the Souhrada family tree, viewing photos, eating, and enjoying the PIVO. Entertainment also included a 5-piece Country Band "SEDIVACI" (The GREYS). They played a variety of Czech music for singing, dancing, listening or just watching. Jiri joined them at times and also played when the band took a break.
The U.S. Czechs extended their stay in the area and revisited Dolni Novasedly #2, attended Saint Michael's Church in Krizatke and reviewed ancestral chronicles, which dated from 756 A.D. and are on file in both the church and the Major's office in Krazatke.
The Souhradas in attendance were delighted with the day's celebration and expressed great interest in future Souhrada gatherings.
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The reunion was held in "Hunter cottage" Krizatky, an area where many Souhrada ancestors had lived. There were documents displayed showing pedigrees and roots for Souhradas from all over the world. It is known that there are Souhradas living not only in the Czech Republic, but also a lot of families live in the USA, Canada, Austria, Slovakia, and Germany.
A U.S. and Czech map was displayed showing the locations where the Souhrada's lived. Souhradas live in Vienna Austria, their ancestors came from Zahori. Other Souhradas live in Trencin, Slovakia, ancestors from Dolni Novosedlo. We have Souhrada's in West Bohemia in Pillsner, Tachov. Jaroslav Souhrada from Tachov has three daughters, Eva is announcer for news in Czech TV 1.
There were pictures displayed from America and old Czech pictures about Souhrada's and their houses. We visited Souhrada's mill in Srlin, attended a special mass in Church Horni Zahori, where many of our ancestors were baptized, married and buried.
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Top row (L-R): Helena Souhrada, Jindrich Souhrada, Jaroslava
Souhrada, Lenka Souhrada, Zdena Souhrada, Jan Souhrada, Helena Souhrada, Jiri
Souhrada, Vaclav Souhrada, (up red) Truhlar Eva
3rd row kneeling (L-R): Anton Vanicek, Tomas Souhrada, Jindrich Souhrada, Eva Souhrada (TV), Ludmila Souhrada, Vladimir Souhrada, Jaroslav Souhrada
Front row (L-R): John Vanicek, Pavel Souhrada, Janel Souhrada Stephens, Dave Stephens, Vera Souhrada.
(Picture and captions courtesy of Jiri Souhrada)
Those attending in the Czech republic:
Country Band "Sedivaci”
..an E-mail sent to Jiri & Vera Souhrada Sept. 7, 2000
What a blessing the year 2000 is for our Souhrada family! We celebrated our 20th Annual Souhrada Family Reunion here in the USA and you are about to celebrate the first Souhrada Family Reunion in the Czech Republic!
Thank you Jiri & Vera, for all the hours of work you have spent on making this First Souhrada Family Reunion (in the Czech Republic) possible. May God bless you for bringing this family together for a joyful time of celebration in the Czech Republic!
In 1981 Vaclav & Katherine Souhrada's 16 grandchildren and their children were invited to the First Souhrada reunion in the USA and today over 270 invitations are sent to Souhrada households all over the USA and the Czech Republic.
How wonderful that seven Souhrada's from the USA, including two who attended the First Souhrada Reunion in 1981, Viola Souhrada Noska and La Vonne Souhrada Noska, are there to help celebrate the First Souhrada reunion in the Czech Republic.
May God's blessings be on your First Souhrada Reunion held in the Czech Republic.
Your Souhrada Family in the USA