History, tradition make a community

You could say the theme of this week’s edition of The New Prague Times is “History and Tradition.”

These two elements help make a strong community. New Prague is fully aware of its historical roots and we pay tribute to them in many ways. This week’s newspaper includes stories that have played important roles in the history of this community. Sadly, one of these buildings will be torn down within the next few months. The 1923 school building that has served the community in many ways for 94 years will be emptied at the end of the current school year and torn down. A task force determined that the building would be too expensive to update and modernize, and the district would best be served by converting the space to parking. Looking closely inside the building, one can see the issues brought up by the task force and can understand why the building needs to come down.

On the other hand, the Broz Hotel building on Main Street has been sold. The building, designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert and on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1898 and recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation under a former owner. A local group purchased the hotel last year, in the hopes that they would find someone to take over the project. Apparently, they have, and many in the community are eager to see what the future holds for the building.

Finally, a time-honored tradition will take place Saturday as the New Prague Fire Department hosts its annual Dance and Drill at the Park Ballroom. The highlight of the evening is a precision marching drill performed by the firefighters. This will be the 109th annual performance by the drill team... a tradition that we hope continues for many years to come.