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"Come Home to Bechyn!"

Czech Heritage Festival


Sponsored by St. Mary's Preservation Association of Bechyn

Bechyn Czech Folk Dancers

Our Bechyn Czech Folk Dance group was formed in 1994 and performs each year at the Czech Heritage Festival. Our dance group now includes second generation dancers!  Members range in age from 3 years old thru adult (even grandparents!).  We strive to perform authentic Czech/Slovak folk dances, and also have choreographed original folk dances. In 2013, we debuted our new kroj (folk dress) which is fashioned after kroj from the Valassko region, Moravia, Czech Republic.


Our weekly practices start in June.  If you are interested in joining our dance group, please contact us at info@bechynczechfest.org.



Dating back to the 1870's, St. Mary's and henryville township played an important role in Renville County history.  The 520 page book spans three centuries of church, family and henryville township history.

Click here to learn more  about The Church of St. Mary history book »

St. Mary's

Roof Shingling Fundraiser



Each year, on the second Sunday of August, family and friends travel to Bechyn, a 140 year old bohemian settlement, to celebrate their Czech heritage.  However, you don't have to be Czech to enjoy this one of a kind celebration - just a little bohemian in spirit! 








Amid the back drop of farm fields and our lovely church building, enjoy live music and and ethnic foods featuring jitrnice, sauerkraut, and homemade kolache and knedliky. And of course, there will be pivo (beer)! 


St. Mary's Preservation Association, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is proud to sponsor the annual Czech Festival.  Proceeds are used for the care and preservation of our 100 year old church building and grounds.

(Bechyn is located 10 miles north of Redwood Falls, Minnesota)


Click here to learn more about our annual Czech Heritage Festival »


Vitame Vas!

Czech Heritage Festival

August 11, 2019


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Come Home to Bechyn!







St. Mary's Preservation Association has started a fundraising effort for the purpose of replacing the shingles on the roof of our 100 year old church.  The current shingles have stood up against our Minnesota winters for nearly forty-five years, and it is now time to start fundraising for St. Mary church building's future.


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Where is Bechyn?

(We've heard that question before!)

Bechyn is located

13 miles south of Olivia or

10 miles north of Redwood Falls, Minnesota

Church of St. Mary - 30278-735th Street, Redwood Falls, Minnesota

This publication is a great resource for those researching their family tree.


Click here to learn more about St. Mary's Cemetery Guide »

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       St. Mary's       Historical and Cemetery Genealogy Publications


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"A loving word is better than a sweet kolache" ...Czech Proverb

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Bechyn Bulletin Newsletter