Czech-Slovak Protective Society

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The Czech-Slovak Protective Society, which became the Czecho Slovakian Association, was an organization supporting the welfare of Czech and Slovak immigrants to the United States.

The Czech-Slovak Protective Society started as an insurance services organization.[1]

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.[2]

It was the "largest Bohemian fraternal organization".[3]:182

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.[4]

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.[5]

Local lodges[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Wilcoxen, (April 2, 2008). "Sokol keeps Czech-Slovak heritage alive". Minnesota Public Radio. 
  2. ^ a b 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
  3. ^ Melvin G. Holli, Peter d'Alroy Jones (1995). Ethnic Chicago: a multicultural portrait. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Our Czech Heritage
  6. ^ a b c d Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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