Today in Texas History – February 6

From the Annals of the Bohemians –  In 1879, E. J. Glueckman published the first issue of the Texan.   This was the first Czech newspaper in Texas.  The paper lasted about decade focusing on Czech culture in Texas and catering to the many Czech immigrants who came to Texas beginning in the early 1850s.  Czech immigrants established settlements primarily in Austin, Fayette, Lavaca, and Washington counties.  The Texan was just the first of many such periodicals which celebrated the rich contribution of Czechs to Texas.  By the end of the twentieth century, more than thirty Czech newspapers and periodicals had been published.  Today Czech traditions are still alive in Texas music, food, beer, community groups and festivals.

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