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Vojta Náprstek

 
 
Vojta Náprstek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 22, 2009
1. Vojta Náprstek Marker
Inscription. In Czech:
V tomto domĕ žil a zemřel
Vojta Náprstek
1826-1894
Bojovník za kulturní
a společenský pokrok
R 1862 položil základy
Náprstokova Muzea

Translated, the marker reads: In this house lived and died Vojta Náprstek (1826-1894). A champion of cultural and social progress. In the year 1862 he laid the foundations for the Náprstokova Museum.
 
Location. 50° 5.043′ N, 14° 25′ E. Marker is in Prague, Hlavní město Praha. Marker is at the intersection of Betlémské Náměstí and Betlémská on Betlémské Náměstí. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Betlémské Náměstí 1, Prague, Hlavní město Praha 110 00, Czech Republic.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Johannes Kepler (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Francis Skaryna (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Novotny Footbridge (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Bohuslav Balbín (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Church of St. Salvador (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Josef Mysliveček (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); T.R. Field Šumavansky (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Albert Schweitzer (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prague.
 
More about this marker.
Relief of Vojta Náprstek on marker. image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 22, 2009
2. Relief of Vojta Náprstek on marker.
Per the Wikipedia.org article in Czech: "Vojtěch Náprstek (born April 17, 1826, Prague - died September 2, 1894 Prague) was a Czech patriot, ethnographer and dedicated fighter for progress."
The marker is mounted within a frame on the front outer wall of the Náprstkova Museum, just to the left of the entryway arch. The museum is located on the west side of Betlémské Náměstí Bethlehem Square, just to the west of the Bethlehem Chapel.
 
Also see . . .
1. Czech Pioneers in Wisconsin. Miloslav Rechcigl, Jrs.' history of the Czech settlement of Wisconsin, "... On June 16, 1850 arrived in Milwaukee Vojta Naprstek (1826-1894) who sparked the national life among Czech Americans, not only in Wisconsin but in the entire country. He published his famous Milwaukee Flugblatter there and gave impetus for publishing Czech newspapers in the US. He was preceded here in September 1949 by a Czech musician Jan Balatka (1827-1899) who established the famed 'Milwaukee Musikverein' in Milwaukee. They both were political refugees who sought refuge in America, following the unsuccessful revolution of 1848." (Submitted on October 7, 2009.) 

2. Vojta Náprstek. Wikipedia.org's English language article on Vojta Náprstek, noting, "...was a famous Czech philanthropist, patriot and politician. He was an alderman of the town of Prague (1873-1894) and town council (1881-1892). Náprstek was an advocate of progressive ideas, including general living conditions in Prague, as well as the provision of education and health care
"At the <i>Halenku</i>" brewery and distillery sign above the archway. image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 22, 2009
3. "At the Halenku" brewery and distillery sign above the archway.
Náprstek's father was the proprietor of a brewery and distillery, as indicated by the sign above archway of his home.
facilities and the introduction of modern technologies in public life (gas lighting and cooking, the telephone, etc). He was also the founder of the Náprstek Museum." (Submitted on October 7, 2009.) 

3. The Náprstkova Museum. The museum's website. In Czech and some English. (Submitted on October 7, 2009.) 
 
Categories. AnthropologyNotable Persons
 
View of the Náprstekova Museum (marker visible to the left of the archway). image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 22, 2009
4. View of the Náprstekova Museum (marker visible to the left of the archway).
Náprstek originally became interested in the ethnography of non-European cultures during his stay in Wisconsin, which had brought him into contact with the Dakota tribe. Upon his return to Prague the material that he had assembled became the core of the cultural anthropology museum that bears his name.
 
 
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