Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Susan Rosowski

Second Advisor

Dr. Wayne Wheeler

Third Advisor

Dr. Andris Skreija


This field study explores the meaning of the Czech Festival, Soudeska, to the members of the community of Wilber, Nebraska and to those who participate. It examines the ways in which the festival affects both change and continuity in the major institutions of the community--specifically the family, the church, the education system, the political structure, and the economy. The meaning of festival to various groups of citizens important to the community is analyzed. The purpose of this project is to produce an ethnography of the Czech Festival of Wilber, Nebraska.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1985, Lois Shimerda Rood

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