Lida Cope organizes roundtable at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center
As part of community outreach in Czech Moravian communities in Texas, Lida Cope of ECU’s Department of English organized a roundtable Legacy of Svatava Jakobson (with Roger Kolar, Thadious Polasek, and Woody Smith of Austin and Moravia, Texas) in the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange, TX, on May 19, 2017. The roundtable was followed by the opening of an exhibit of recovered photographs prepared by Svatava Jakobson for the 1984 Ethnic Folk Festival in San Antonio, Texas (organized and prepared by Janis Hrncir of the TCHCC and Lida Cope). Lida Cope is the only scholar currently working to make available recordings and artifacts collected by folklorist Svatava Jakobson of Columbia, Harvard and UT Austin between the late 1940s and 1980s. Following the roundtable and exhibit opening, Cope presented and led a discussion on the Texas Czech Legacy Project, an open-access digital archive that documents the dying Texas Czech dialect through its speakers’ voices to help maintain the community’s linguistic and ethnocultural heritage. These events, part of the annual Májové Slavnosti (May Celebrations) at the TCHCC in La Grange, marked the 20th anniversary of the Center’s founding. Incidentally, this was also the 20th anniversary for Cope who began her fieldwork in Czech Moravian communities in Texas in May 1997.