CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (February 7, 2020) – The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library will host a naturalization ceremony welcoming new American citizens and their families on Friday, Feb. 14, at 1:30 p.m. in WFLA/ZCBJ Heritage Hall.
Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act. The culmination of the naturalization process is the administration of the Oath of Citizenship.
President and CEO Cecilia Rokusek will provide opening remarks. Museum visitors are welcome to attend the ceremony, with limited seating available.
The NCSML has a rich immigrant history, as it was founded in 1974 by second and third-generation descendants of Czech and Slovak immigrants who understood the importance of immigrant contributions to the country. Because of this, the NCSML has hosted naturalization ceremonies at its current location since 2016 as a way to welcome new American citizens the same way Czechs and Slovaks were embraced by the Cedar Rapids community.
In the Northern District of Iowa, approximately 600 petitioners take this oath in a formal ceremony each year. For a complete listing of 2020 naturalization ceremonies in the Northern District, visit www.iand.uscourts.gov/naturalization.
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a museum that celebrates life: Czech life, Slovak life and American life. The Museum seeks to inspire people from every background to connect to Czech and Slovak history and culture. Through extraordinary exhibitions and experiences, the Museum tells stories of freedom and identity, family and community, human rights and dignity connecting yesterday with today and tomorrow. The Museum honors those who immigrated to America and worked hard, contributing their skills and vision to the formation of our nation. For more information, visit www.ncsml.org or call (319) 362-8500.
Meredith Hines-Dochterman, Director of Marketing and Communications
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