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Historic Bohumil Shimek House - Iowa City, Iowa (1)

Added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 23, 1991. Is also a contributing building in the Brown Street Historic District as well. Built around 1890. Bohumil Shimek During his lifetime, Shimek was equally well known for his support of public education and his work on behalf of the Czech nationalist movement. He was active in many cultural, fraternal, and civic organizations, serving multiple terms as an Iowa City alderman as well as on the boards of the Iowa City Public Library and Iowa City schools. During World War I, he traveled throughout the United States giving more than 200 public addresses on behalf of Czech freedom. It has been said that he was the "most distinguished, best known and most influential Czech in America from] 1910 to 1920." [http://uipress.lib.uiowa.edu/bdi/DetailsPage.aspx?id=343

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