Masaryk organized Czecho-Slovakian soldiers against Germany in WWI and became the Czechoslovakian President. This guide provides access to materials related to “Tomas Masaryk” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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Tomas G. Masaryk (1850-1937) was a philosopher and political activist from Moravia. During WWI he organized Czecho-Slovakian soldiers to support efforts against Germany and worked for the establishment of the Czechoslovakian nation. He served as Czechoslovakian President from 1918 until 1937. Read more about it!
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May - July 1902
Masaryk speaks in several US cities and gives a series of lectures at the University of Chicago.
August - September 1907
Masaryk lectures in several US cities including New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Omaha, Alleghany, PA, Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids, IA, and Baltimore
May 5, 1918
Masaryk arrives in Chicago and speaks to a gathering of an estimated 200,000 “Bohemians.”
June 19, September 18, November 15, 1918
Masaryk participates in meetings with President Woodrow Wilson discussing the participation of Czecho-Slovaks in the Great War and independence for Bohemia.
October 30, 1918
At a meeting of the Mid-European Union held in Philadelphia at Independence Hall, Masaryk and other leaders craft the “Declaration of Common Aims.”