Sokol Buildings in America
Sokol Immigrants Utilized Various Facilities as they Established their Clubs
Gymnastic Unit Sokol in Chicago
Estab.in 1866, this was the second Sokol club formed in the US, and in 1878 merged with Slovanic Linden, a Czech cultural organization. The merger resulted in Sokol becoming co-owners of the Slovanic Linden Sokol Hall, and thus provided a training facility for them.
Later other Sokol clubs erected buildings that included space for benevolent lodges and cultural groups, and often a library, and sometimes a hall for drama and coral groups. Some halls were owned jointly by Sokol and fraternal associations. Thus, Sokols were able to offer cultural activities along with gymnastics.
Established 1868, it then merged with Slovanská Lípa in 1869.
Sokol Milwaukee included many cultural groups and a Czech school.
Bohemian Hall (Česko Americká Síň), shown in the photo, opened in 1895 and became the home of Sokol Milwaukee.
Sokol Pilsen in Chicago
- Pilsen Sokol’s building included an indoor swimming pool. The club had a large membership and was known for producing outstanding gymnasts. Its membership in the first few decades of the 20th century was among the highest in the US.
- Pilsen Sokol helped establish Sokol Town of Lake.
- The club developed a library, a dramatic group, and the first Czech school in Chicago.
Sokol New York
Sokol New York: Then and Now
Sokols and Opera Houses
Sokol Manitowoc WI was formed in 1876 and the club became joint owners of the Opera house (right) built in 1886.
Haugen Sokol (WI), established in the 1930s, utilized the ZCBJ hall, built in 1910 ,which became the Haugen Czech Opera house, (below).
Sokol Cedar Rapids (established in 1873)
Sokol Omaha (est. 1878)
Sokol Wilber, Nebraska
South Omaha Sokol (Fügner-Tyrš)
Cleveland’s Five Original Sokol Clubs
- Perun (estab. 1870) became
Sokol Cleveland in 1895
- Čech (Czech) estab. 1879
- Nova Vlast estab. 1891 (in photo)
- Havliček estab. 1907
- Tyrš estab. 1919
Sokol Tyrš, Cleveland
- Sokol Tyrš was the fifth Sokol club founded in Cleveland.
- Established in 1919 as Sokol Jan Komensky, the club changed its name to Tyrš in 1926.
- In 1976, Tyrš incorporated Sokol Nova Vlast, a merger that became Sokol Greater Cleveland.
- Sokol Tyrš had a very active gymnastics program with many competitive gymnasts.
- In 1969 the club had 331 members and 191 gymnasts.
- The club sponsored many cultural groups, e.g., concert band, sewing club and a drama club.
Sokol Greater Cleveland
Sokol Crete NE
CSPS hall built in 1887 is the home of Sokol St. Paul (now Sokol Minnesota)
Czech National Hall, Coal City, Illinois, was the home of Sokol Hornik, 1892-1895. Photo by Joan Sedlacek
Sokol Slavsky, Cicero, Illinois
Sokol Mladočech (Young Czechs),
Racine WI; established in 1889
American Sokol Archives