Czech-Slovak Protective Society
The Czech-Slovak Protective Society started as an insurance services organization.
The C.S.P.S. was founded in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1854, and, like other immigrant societies, began by offering a kind of insurance program, which provided for members when they were ill and covered funeral expenses.
The Czecho-Slovak Protective Society, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, joined in organizing the Czechoslovak Society of America in 1933. That organization, based in Berwyn, Illinois changed its name to CSA Fraternal Life in 1982.
Č.S.P.S. stands for "Česko-Slovenský Podporující Spolek" (Czech-Slovak Protective Society). These lodges were the forerunner of the (Západní Česko-Bratrská Jednota, or Western Bohemian Fraternal Association). Both associations offered a type of insurance for the Czech people. In recent years, the association is known as the W.F.L.A. which stands for the Western Fraternal Life Association.
- The first C.S.P.S. lodge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was started in 1879, and two more were started by 1882. The C.S.P.S. Hall (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), was built during 1890-91 and expanded twice in the next two decades. It is NRHP-listed in 1978.:
- The Grand Lodge Č.S.P.S. of Baltimore was founded in 1880. The associated Bohemian National Cemetery, in Baltimore, Maryland, was started in 1884, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
- The C.S.P.S. of Iowa City, Iowa, was organized in 1882 and built its Czecho Slovakian Association Hall in 1900. The hall was listed on the NRHP in 1975.
- The C.S.P.S. of Saint Paul, Minnesota built its C.S.P.S. hall in 1887; it is also NRHP-listed.
- Narodni Sin, Edwardsville, Illinois, built 1906, NRHP-listed
- Czech Hall, Yukon, Oklahoma, built 1925, NRHP-listed
- William Wilcoxen, (April 2, 2008). "Sokol keeps Czech-Slovak heritage alive". Minnesota Public Radio.
- Marlin L. Heise (July 16, 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: C.S.P.S. Hall / Czech Hall" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-06-25. with three photos
- Melvin G. Holli, Peter d'Alroy Jones (1995). Ethnic Chicago: a multicultural portrait.
- Our Czech Heritage
- Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Steve Altheide (1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: C.S.P.S. Hall" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-06-25. with photo from 1977
- William Preucil (August 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Czecho Slovakian Association Hall / The Preucil School of Music" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-06-25. with photo from 1975
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