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NCSML Museum Store to Celebrate National Store of the Year Award in October

By October 6, 2020 No Comments

The Museum Store at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library was recently named the 2020 National Store of the Year by the Museum Store Association (MSA).

The MSA introduced this honor in 2018. The award is about advocacy and recognizes the unique qualities and individual characteristics of museum stores and the professionals who create them.


The MSA Board determines the store of the year from monthly winners. The NCSML Museum Store was recognized as MSA’s Store of the Month in October of 2019. A year later, the Store recognizes its 2020 Store of the Year honor with a month-long celebration that includes special promotions, exclusive packages, and virtual events.

  •   Kelly Jones of Wraptillion Modern Industrial Jewelry will host a Design on Demand YouTube event including a signature design by Alisabeth Von Pressley! Beginning October 7, visit the NCSML’s YouTube page at to watch how the jewelry is made, then order your custom design.
  • Local author Dave Rasdal will join us for our second socially distant book signing from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Rasdal is the author of “Night Beat,” a murder mystery novel set in the fictitious town of Cedar City, Iowa. Preorder your book package at the Store or online. A sneak peek of Rasdal reading from his novel will be available on the NCSML’s YouTube channel on October 14.
  • A second signing will be happening on October 28, too – an ornament signing! Master Folk Artist Marj Nejdl will sign her 2020 limited edition Christmas ornament from 5 to 7 p.m. in our Grand Hall.


We’ve created several Celebration Packages filled with Museum Store goodies. With each package purchase, buyers will be entered into a raffle for great store merchandise!


“The goal of the Museum Store is to create a complete experience for visitors that makes a lasting impact,” Director of the Museum Store Sarah Jane Wick said. “With custom products and interactive displays within the store, we support the NCSML’s mission while extending the visitor’s connection to the Museum by providing a way to take a piece of it home with them.”


Visit the Museum Store website at for more information about the National Store of the Year celebration.




National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, preserves, presents, and transcends unique stories of Czech and Slovak history and culture through innovative experiences and active engagement to reach cross-cultural audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. The NCSML is an innovative leader in lifelong learning, community building, and cultural connections. We encourage self-discovery for all ages so that the stories of freedom, identity, family, and community will live on for future generations. For more information, visit or call (319) 362-8500.


The Museum Store Association

The Museum Store Association is dedicated to advancing the nonprofit retail industry and the professionals engaged in it. Through advocacy, education, and collaboration, MSA provides the tools and community to help cultural institutions, vendor members, and their commercial partners to expand the visitor’s experience, enabling them to take a piece of that experience home.