Dynamic 100+ Year ZCBJ History
The Z Hall is nestled in the quaint town of Owosso, right in the heart of Mid-Michigan. The building housed a Czech community fraternal club that was established in 1916 and known as the ZCBJ Lodge #242 Owosso. ZCBJ is the abbreviation for the Czech words “Zapadni Ceska Bratrska Jednota” which translates into Western Fraternal Life Association (WFLA). This building came with a rich history and Michigan's largest wooden dance floor! If only the walls could tell the captivating stories of the history and all the celebrations they've stood through. Join your story to the legacy of this pre-prohibition era jewel. Read about the history of this thriving generational community in our Legacy Room.
A New Chapter - The Z Hall
The building and property underwent a complete renovation upgrade in 2019 through a change of ownership and management. Dr. David Skjaerlund, along with involvement of his daughter, are excited to provide new leadership in creating and operating a special gathering place for community and family celebrations. His vision is sparked by his natural desire to live life to the fullest in a way that portrays the excellence, elegance and extravagance of life as God empowers. He leads with a passion to foster community and to create a relational space that highlights what really matters: celebrating life through love. Read more about this new chapter in an article written in the Argus Press that is linked below!
While changing ownership in 2019, The Z Hall still remains the home for the Czech community ZCBJ Lodge #242 Owosso and houses the Michigan Polka Hall of Fame. The Z Hall carries on the tradition of amazing cuisine, including the renown Czech chicken.
Our Amazing Team
The Z Hall is special because of the tailored service provided by a diverse team talented individuals. The team enjoys and has fun working together as part of the Z family. They are fueled by a genuine desire to honor every guest that enters The Z Hall. Their passion is to make each and every celebration occasion a special and memorable one. We hope that you will be blessed by each person of our team, whether it be help with event coordination, culinary delights, event setup and service, building maintenance or just keeping our bathrooms clean. We consider it a privilege to work with so many amazing people.
Owosso is a charming community that is is home to the Curwood Castle, the writing studio for the legendary author James Oliver Curwood. The stone suspension bridge spans the scenic Shiawassee River which runs through the community. Owosso is also home to the famous 1225 steam engine Polar Express, which offers rides in the fall and to the North Pole during the Christmas holiday season. The community has several lodging options including Bed & Breakfast accommodations in elegant historic homes.