Czech Republic to open honorary consulate in Nebraska
Oct. 23, 2017
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Czech Republic is opening a new honorary consulate in Lincoln.
Gov. Pete Ricketts and Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmonicek announced Monday that University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Mila Saskova-Pierce will serve in the position.
Ricketts says 83,000 Nebraska residents trace their ancestry back to the Czech Republic, and the state has the highest per-capita number nationwide.
The honorary consulate was created to recognize Nebraska's long-standing cultural, governmental military and personal ties to the Czech Republic.
The announcement was part of a trip by Ambassador Kmonicek to Nebraska.
Saskova-Pierce received her masters and doctorate in Slavic and general linguistics at the University of Kansas.