We are saddened to learn that Don Horacek, a 2000 inductee, passed away on November 28th, 2022. Obituary Information can be found below.
We are over a month away from the annual Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame Dance and Induction Ceremony! We’ll have some great food to serve there, thanks to the Omaha Czech/Slovak Cultural Club. Join us Sunday, September 11th, from 2-7 PM at The Admiral. Admission is FREE!
In preparing for the upcoming Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame scheduled for Sept. 11 from 3-7 p.m. at the Admiral, formerly the Sokol Auditorium at 13th and Martha, members of Sokol Omaha were able to get a brief tour of the newly remodeled facilities earlier this week.
Although Sokol Omaha no longer owns the building, our ancestors would be pleased at the way this project has turned out! Initially built in 1926 and opened in 1927, this nearly 100-year-old structure is sparkling and new again! With an elevator and handicapped accessible restrooms, everyone can now enjoy the experience. It was certainly a great decision to sell the building to 1% Productions! They seem to appreciate and honor our Sokol history!
Check out the photo album below to see pictures of newly-remodeled hall!
Come see it for yourself — join us for the 50th Anniversary of the Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame on Sept. 11. Admission is FREE!
The 2022 Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame inductee’s have finally been released. Congratulations to the below inductees:
- Deceased Category
- Walter Baum – Drums
- Marvin Capoun – Sax and Clarinet
- Living Category
- Jim Kucera – Button Accordion, Trumpet/ Trombone
- Larry Skarka – Trumpet/Trombone/Bass Horn
- Service Award
- Irene & Charlie Warga – Owners of Radio Station KOTD
Congratulations to these winners and we will celebrate their induction on Sunday, September 11th at The Admiral (formerly Sokol Auditorium), 13th and Martha Sts, Omaha, NE . Music will be provided by Bob Blecha and the Bouncing Czechs. Doors open at 2 p.m., music begins at 3 till 5:30 p.m. Induction ceremony 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Music resumes 6:30 till 7 p.m. This is a FREE, open to the pubic event.
We are saddened to learn that Norm Sodomka Jr., a 1998 inductee, passed away on January 28th, 2022. Obituary Information can be found below
You can read Norm’s Hall of Fame induction bio below.
Recently, Sokol Auditorium was sold under new ownership and have plans to remodel the interior of the hall. Remodel plans will begin in May and should finish sometime in November or December. Because of this, we have decided to cancel this year’s Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. We hope to have the Induction Ceremony next year, on Sunday, September 11th, 2022. Bobby Z Polka Band will provide the music. We hope to see you then!
We have some sad news to pass along. Dean Hansen, who is a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee, passed away on August 12th. His obituary can be found in the link below.
Greetings to everyone,
We wanted to let you know that, based on the information we have received from the governor regarding social events, we have decided to postpone this year’s Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony this year. We will plan to have the induction ceremony around the same time next year on Sunday, September 12th, 2021. We will still have Bobby Z and Polka Joy perform for next year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Thank you for your continued support to the Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame!
We have some sad news to pass along. Marvin Capoun, who has been on the Hall of Fame ballot, passed away on November 10th. His obituary can be found in the link below.
We have some sad news to pass along. Gary Masek, a 2011 inductee, passed away recently. His funeral information is linked below.
You can also read Gary’s Hall of Fame Induction bio below.