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About BBLA > Mission and obejctive

Mission and objective

Book Your Space

Grand Ballrom

Book your space at the home of the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association in the historic Bohemian National Hall.

The Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA), established in 1891, was founded as an umbrella organization representing approximately eighty Czech and Slovak cultural, educational and athletic community groups and clubs.

With contributions from the newly arrived immigrants, the Bohemian National Hall (Narodni Budova) was built four years later as a gathering place for these organizations in the Yorkville section on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

The original mission of the BBLA was and continues to be to preserve the Czech and Slovak culture in New York City. The current BBLA member organizations are:

  • American Fund for Czech and Slovak Leadership Studies
  • Association of Free Czechoslovak Sportsmen
  • Czech and Slovak Solidarity Council
  • Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in America
  • Dvorak American Heritage Association
  • Sokol New York

The current BBLA sister organizations are:


Bohemian Benevolent & Literary AssociationHospodaThe National Czech and Slovak MuseumAmerican Friends of the Czech RepublicCzech CenterConsulate General