Largest Museum Building Move in U.S. History Begins June 8: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library to Move 1,500 Tons Almost Exactly 3 Years Since the Flood of 2008

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No one in the U.S. has ever attempted to "recycle" a museum building after a flood, no one except the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. The move begins June 8 at 8 a.m. CDT in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and it will make its historic journey with the guidance of Jeremy Patterson of Patterson Structural Moving. The move comes at a time when so many across the U.S. have lost homes and buildings due to devastating weather. It is proof there is hope to rebuild.

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“This is a pinnacle moment, not just for us, but for the entire city of Cedar Rapids.” said CEO/President Gail Naughton.

Just days before the 3rd anniversary of the Epic Flood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) will make history in its journey to recovery. Wed., June 8 at 8 a.m. CDT, Patterson Structural Moving plans to start the move of the building. It will take two days to complete.

“This is a pinnacle moment, not just for us, but for the entire city of Cedar Rapids.” said CEO/President Gail Naughton. “Three years ago, we all watched as flood waters devastated the city. This year, so many communities have been affected by terrible storms and flooding and today we can show them, and the world, that there is hope; you can recover from such catastrophic events.”

Plans have been finalized for the historic relocation of the flood damaged building currently located at 30 Sixteenth Ave. SW. Once the structure is secured and relocated, it will be elevated to its final height 11ft. above where it sits today and 3 ft. above the level of the 2008 flood. It will then be rolled on to the new foundation and finally set down and secured in place. This final step will take several weeks to complete.

“Live webcams on http://www.NCSML.org will allow viewing around the clock for the many people around the world interested in viewing all the activity. We are excited that this exceptional moment in the museum’s history is finally coming to fruition. The expansion and renovation of this museum and library is a major milestone in flood recovery and an historic event for the city and the state of Iowa,” said Naughton.

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the leading United States institution preserving and interpreting Czech and Slovak history and culture. It inspires people from every background to connect with Czech and Slovak history and culture.

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