Dear Czech Heritage Society members,
Dobrý den! My name is Lida Cope. I grew up in a small Moravian town of Klenovice near
Prostějov & Olomouc in the Czech Republic. At present I live in North Carolina and teach at East
Carolina University in Greenville. In 1997, I spent some time in Texas interviewing Texans of
Czech descent to better understand the role of the heritage language and culture in your daily
lives. I might have had spoken with some of you then! I had a great deal of help from the
generous, hospitable people of “Czech Texas” for which I am very grateful. Thanks to much kind
assistance, I collected more than 250 questionnaires on the language, culture, and attitudes of
Texas Czechs. This year I’m trying to gain more up-to-date information in order to compare the
state of the Texas Czech community “then and now”, some ten years later. I’ve also asked for
participation via Našinec, the Texas Czech Heritage and Culture Center’s Office & Library in La
Grange, and other means.
Dear reader, if you are willing to fill out a questionnaire on your experience with and in the
Texas Czech culture, or know somebody who might, please complete the form. Also, feel free to
write, email, or call so I can send you an electronic or paper copy. I will gladly cover the postage
for any mailed questionnaires. In addition, paper copies should be distributed at the next state
While I need to collect some biographical information from you for research purposes, all
participants will remain anonymous in any published results. I will share the results with you via
the CHS website and/or newsletter, the TCHCC Newsletter, Věstník, and Našinec. Here is how
to contact me: Lida Cope, 707 Addington Dr., Winterville, NC 28590; email email@example.com;
Lida.Cope@yahoo.com; phone (252) 321-6945.
Thank you very much & Moc Vám děkuji!!!
Lida (Dutkova) Cope