Historic ZCBJ  Hall
38704 N Main St Scio, OR
reservation line 503-394-3811

Send mail to: PO box 328 97374
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About the "Z Hall"

We operate with money from Rent, Fundraising and Donations.

your rent and donations keep this beautiful Community building afloat
Thank you 

If you would like to donate you may mail your checks to :
ZCJB Hall 
POP Box 328
Scio, OR 97374

Our Mission Statement

The ZCBJ Hall shall be maintained in good repair and in keeping with its historical significance, so that present and future generations can appreciate its longstanding value to the community and the contributions of the people who built it and maintained it for its first 72 years.

The ZCBJ Hall shall be managed in a way that promotes the community’s use of the building and pays its operating and maintenance costs.

The ZCBJ Hall and the land it rests on will not be sold or encumbered for financial gain, but will remain assets of the Scio community in perpetuity so long as the building is sound. If ownership of the Hall is transferred to another nonprofit organization, this limitation shall be binding on that organization.

A Brief History 

In 1918, Bohemia and Slovakia merged to form the new country of Czechoslovakia in the northwestern corner of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire that had crumbled during World War I. Many of Scio's early settlers were of Czech ancestry and came to the "New World" to escape the repressions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The brotherhood formed by the Czech settlers was much like the Grange formed by the early English settlers. The brotherhood's name in Czech is: Zapadni Czesko Bratrska Jednota (ZCBJ).

It was in the Spring of 1920 when the Western Czech Brotherhood Group finally raised enough funds to build a new lodge in Scio, Oregon. Their lodge quickly became the center of social activities in Scio, after its completion in 1922. Polka dances on Saturday nights would draw people from miles around and fill the air in Scio with lively uplifting music. The Czech dumplings and sausage dinners filled many stomachs and warmed many hearts with good companionship. Children in the area attended organized gymnastics in the hall which became magically transformed into a gymnasium.

 In 1993, Czechoslovakia divided into two countries: Slovakia and The Czech Republic. That same year, because of dwindling numbers and the increasing age of members, ZCBJ donated their hall to the Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair Association with the requirement that the hall would continue to be used as a community center.

(Louanne Fugal received this history in 1995 from Paul Toews)

Our Historic Czechoslovakian Hall was built in 1922 has been maintained with loving care by members of the Scio community. 

~ We are on Face Book as: Scio ZCBJ Hall~

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