February 17, 2014 Dr. Robert Dittmann of Charles University in Prague begins a course on Texas Czech as our first collaborative attempt to engage Czech students in the Project. They learn to use the transcription software & our transcription guide. The transcripts will be after further processing and checking added on to the TCLP website. Students will learn about the features of Texas Czech and prepare a paper analyzing “their” speaker’s speech. One Svatava Pírková Jakobson’s recording of two adult speakers from 1983 will also be transcribed and used for comparative purposes, as well as Karel Kučera’s recording originated in the 1980s.
January 22, 2014 An informational article Texas Czech Legacy Project: Creating a Digital Archive of Texas Czech is published in Věstník 102(4), 20-21.
November 2013 Lida Cope & Eva Eckert (Anglo-American University, Prague) present Digital Archives for Texas Czech: Design, Purposes, and Audiences at the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Euroasian Studies (ASEEES) in Boston.
November 2013 First sample recordings with transcripts are available!
October 2013 The TCLP team welcomes on board Ryan Miller, our web programmer and designer. Dr. Mark Hopkins continues to segment, transcribe and translate our recordings. Work supported by a combination of funds from the Humanities Texas Media Grant and the Czech Endowment at DSES.
September 2013 Lida Cope submits a Summer Stipend proposal Rediscovering Svatava Pírková Jakobson’s Legacy for the Community, Education, and Research to the National Endowment for the Humanities.
August 2013 Lida Cope returns to Texas for a two-week research trip, funded by her home department, to examine the contents of Svatava Pírková Jakobson’s boxes stored at the Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange, Texas (cf. June 2013 below), bringing us yet closer to a more complete picture of Dr. Jakobson’s legacy. Lida introduces the TCLP at the GALA fundraiser for the TCHCC in San Antonio. Lida, Retta Chandler and Janis Hrncir visit the SPJST LAM, and spend a day at the Westfest. [View shared pictures]
July 2013 Our media project grant proposal Texas Czech Dialect Archive for the Community, Education, and Research to Humanities Texas funded.
June 2013 Additional 18 boxes from Svatava Pírková Jakobson’s possessions will be moved to the TCHCC for safe-keeping and research. Thanks to Helen Oelrich, Roger Kolar (CEFT), Retta Chandler and Janis Hrncir (TCHCC).
April 2013 Lida Cope (ECU) presents Creating the Texas Czech Dialect Archive: What, Why, How, and for Whom? as part of the Faculty Speaker Series at the English Department, East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
March 23, 2013 The Texans of Czech Ancestry (TOCA) Awards Dinner held at TCHCC in La Grange to bestow the annual award upon the most deserving members of each of the eleven historically ethnic Czech organizations in Texas. Arranged thanks to Retta Chandler, the Chairwoman of the TCHCC, and Arlene Cloyd, the President of TOCA, Lida Cope (ECU) shares the Project information with the audience (TOCA presentation re TCDP).
March 22, 2013 Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center (TCHCC), La Grange: Boxes 6 and 7 mysteriously identified! Donated by Woody Smith, the current president of the Czech Educational Foundation of Texas (CEFT), the contents beautifully complement the materials found at Briscoe earlier that week!
March 21, 2013 The Briscoe Center for the Amerian History (UT Austin): Five boxes of Svatava Jakobson’s materials briefly examined by Lida Cope. The contents are extremely promising! Thanks to John Wheat and other employees of the Briscoe Center for their diligent assistance.
March 20, 2013 A follow-up meeting at UT Austin yields commitment of assistance from the LAITS web-design team to initiate the TCLP website. The basic site (work begun in late May 2013) slated for launch by the end of August 2013. The site will be developed in stages to achieve our ultimate goal, making available a searchable open-access archive for the community, education, and research.
March 15, 2013 Lida Cope (ECU) and Veronika Tuckerová’s (DSES, UT Austin) media grant proposal, Texas Czech Dialect Archive for the Community, Education, and Research ($8,640), submitted Humanities Texas. The goals include developing the TCLP website and processing of an additional 8-10 hours of recordings. — Funded in July 2013
January 2013 Lida Cope becomes a University Research Affiliate-Research Fellow with The Department of Slavic and Euroasian Studies (DSES) at the University of Texas at Austin.
Spring 2013 Mark Hopkins, a doctoral student in DSES specializing in Czech Studies, hired to continue the segmenting, transcription, and translation work. Work supported from the Czech Endowment at DSES.
March 2013 Lida Cope (ECU) presents Language Documentation and Applied Linguistics: Texas Czech Dialect Archive for Education, Community, and Research at the annual convention of the American Association for Applied Linguistics in Dallas, Texas.
January 2013 Lida Cope (ECU) presents Creating a Digital Archive for Texas Czech: Applied Documentation for the Community, Education, and Research at the AATSEEL convention in Boston, Massachusetts.
December 2012 Five of the 14 boxes located and arranged to be moved to the Briscoe Center. Thanks to Helen Oelrich and Roger Kolar, Svatava Jakobson’s former student and activist involved in the Czech Educational Foundation of Texas, Roger Kolar.
December 2012 Jessica Vargas, an undergraduate student at UT Austin, funded from the Texas Endowment for Czech Studies to compile an extensive bibliography of sources on the language, culture, and history of Texas Czechs.
December 2012 Lida Cope (ECU) spends a week to work at the Briscoe Center for the American History to help identify Svatava Pírková Jakobson’s recordings. The trip was funded by the English Department at East Carolina University. 86 of 92 digitized recordings available at Briscoe were sorted and identified to the extent possible. Many of them are highly valuable as they include interviews with fully proficient speakers of Texas Czech from the 1970s-80s. The purpose of this work, as it continues, is two-fold: Help catalog these recordings enabling the Briscoe Center to make them accessible to the general public; select recordings for full processing and inclusion in the Texas Czech Dialect Archive. Renewed effort has been made to locate the pieces of the extensive Jakobson collection to be sorted, identified, organized, cataloged and available for further research.
October 2012 Lida Cope’s 327 analog tapes are digitized, thanks to Mike Heidenreich of Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services and his team. All half-hour files are inputted in DASe and ready to be processed.
May-August 2012 Hannah Calkins, a graduate student at UT Austin, with Lida Cope segment 7 hours of recordings. The first few are transcribed; 15 out of 16 ½-minute to 5-minute segments with corresponding transcriptions in draft completed.
April-May 2012 The UT Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology (UT Austin) grant proposal, Topographies of meaning: Mapping Texas Czech dialects and oral histories ($76,950), to support the Project in 2012-2013 (Lida Cope, Mary Neuburger, Veronika Tuckerová, Hans Boas), not funded.
April 19, 2012 Lida Cope and Janis Hrncir visit St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Schulenburg, St. Michael Catholic School in Weimer, and the Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Hallettsville. Lida Cope spoke about the importance of maintaining one’s ethnic heritage and taught the kids a bit of Czech. Informal polling in all schools suggests that many children would take Czech or German in school if offered! Thanks to the schools’ principals — Ms. Gallia, Ms. Patek, and Mr. Smolik — for allowing us to visit with their students! [a LINK: View shared pictures]
April 17-19, 2012 Lida Cope (ECU) presents “To uphold, protect, and revitalize: Future of Czech as a heritage language in Texas” at the University of Texas at Austin (invited lecture). Encore presentations at the gatherings of the Travis Williamson County Czech Heritage Society of Texas and at the Blinn College in Schulenburg.
April 16, 2012 First team meeting to establish the Texas Czech Legacy Project takes place at the University of Texas at Austin.
November 2012 An article Texas German Archive Serves as the Basis for the Texas Czech Archive (TGDP-newsletter-2012) published in “Texas German Times”.
January 2012 Lida Cope (East Carolina University, ECU) presents From documentation to revitalization: the case of Czech as a heritage language in Texas at the annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) in Seattle, WA.