National Czech & Slovak Museum
& Library Faces of Freedom
The new exhibition Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) includes rare artifacts, cutting-edge interactive displays and engaging exhibits celebrating the immigrant spirit in everyone.
But it almost didn’t happen. While a museum expansion was in the planning stages, a devastating ﬂood severely damaged its campus and caused extensive destruction of its exhibits and artifacts.
In the aftermath of tragedy came opportunity for renewal. NCSML partnered with Xibitz and Lord Cultural Resources to create a visionary model for recovery and growth. The Xibitz and Lord teams collaborated on a design/build initiative to create a 7,200 square foot permanent exhibition telling the story of the Czech and Slovak people.
[For nearly 150 years, a Czech community has thrived in
south Cedar Rapids.]
“This museum represents and tells the story of hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their history. It is a symbol of the courage and vision of Czechs and Slovaks around the world and it will be the symbol of rebirth for Cedar Rapids.”
—Gail Naughton, President and CEO
[NCSML tells the story of
the Czech and Slovak people.
From old-world tribes, to the formation of the modern-day Czech and Slovak Republics, to the immigration stories of those who left their native land for opportunities in America.]
X: on this project:
• Lead Firm, Xibitz
• Interpretive Planning
• Conceptual & Detail Design
• Graphic Design
• Production & Installation
• Financial Management
• Focus Sessions
• Content Development
• Project Management
• Facility Interface Coordination
• Contractor Coordination
• Sub-consultant Coordination
• Construction Drawings
• Artifact Mounting
• Lighting Design
• AV/Multimedia & Electrical Integration
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