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NOON Year's Eve at the Family Museum! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Friday, 19 December 2014 16:23

Bring in the Noon Year at the Family Museum

Bettendorf — The grownups get to have their New Year’s Eve fun at night, so the Family Museum offers kids a chance to celebrate the arrival of 2015 during the daylight hours with a countdown to 12:00 noon! This event will be on Wednesday, December 31 from 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM with a countdown at 12:00 noon. Festivities include art activities for the whole family (party blowers, make your own confetti, bell bracelets, party hats, party glasses, and face painting), live music performed by the Meyers Brothers from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, a countdown to 12:00 PM with noisemakers, party hats, and lots of confetti! New this year: Balloon Drop! Event is included with membership or paid admission.


Snowshoe With A Ranger Through Herbert Hoover National Historic Site PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:59

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— A park ranger will lead snowshoe hikes through Herbert Hoover National Historic Site at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, January 10 and 11, January 24 and 25, February 7 and 8, and February 21 and 22.

The one-hour “Snowshoe Through the Park” is suitable for ages 5 and up. The walk will begin, weather and trail conditions permitting, at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and will cover less than one mile through the tallgrass prairie. Participants must have sturdy boots, and should dress appropriately for the weather and bring water.

The park has some snowshoes to lend. Call (319) 643-2541 to reserve a pair. Participants borrowing snowshoes should arrive early to try on the snowshoes.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go online at or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

110 Parkside Drive

PO Box 607

West Branch, Iowa 52358

319 643-2541 phone

319 643-7864 fax

Twitter: @HooverNPS

Facebook: HerbertHooverNHS

Figge Acquires Portrait of Maquoketa for Permanent Collection PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:06

Davenport, Iowa (December 15, 2014) – Local artist Rose Frantzen’s nationally celebrated Portrait of Maquoketa, a multi-panel artwork,  has been acquired by the Figge Art Museum and will officially be part of the permanent collection beginning in early 2015.

Portrait of Maquoketa includes 180 12x12” oil portraits of people from Maquoketa, Iowa as well as a 315 square foot landscape view of Maquoketa painted on 34 vertical panels ranging in length from four to 10 feet and suspended from the ceiling. The panels are arranged in such a way that when a visitor sits at one end of the installation, all of the panels come together and align as one unified view of Maquoketa as seen from the hills outside of town. The other sides of the landscape panels display all 180 portraits.

From July 2005 to July 2006, Frantzen democratized portraiture, inviting anyone in her hometown of Maquoketa, Iowa to sit for a portrait painted from life. The head and shoulder portraits were each painted in a four or five hour sitting in a storefront on Main Street that was open to the public.  “I wanted to bring to my community a tangible connection with the creative process,” says Frantzen.  “By making them the subject, I hoped that their interest would be stirred and that they would be touched somehow by what painting can reveal about the human experience.”  With ages ranging from 4 weeks old to 99 years old, Frantzen captured a beautiful and moving cross-section portrait of her town.

Taken as a whole, Portrait of Maquoketa is a strikingly complex portrayal of an iconic Midwestern town. It combines Frantzen’s remarkable skills as a painter with her determination to create an interactive installation that helps us understand and appreciate the community as a living and breathing gathering of individuals, living their lives within the sheltering circle of cornfields and clouds.

“This will be a treasured artwork at the Figge,” said Tim Schiffer, executive director. “People respond to its depiction of community, and to its innovative design, which includes sound elements. It will join Corn Zone and Deborah Butterfield’s Half Moon as Figge favorites.”

When Portrait of Maquoketa was displayed at the Figge in 2012-2013, it was very well received by visitors and the feedback was nothing but positive. Director of Development Raelene Pullen said, “It embodies the regional identity and values shared by the Figge and this community which is why so many were able to connect with it.”  Frantzen’s remarkable technical ability, combined with her empathy for the subject and with the innovative installation, evokes curiosity and stimulates conversation.

Frantzen added, “I hope Portrait of Maquoketa will travel to other museums or be seen here by travelers from other places, serving as a window into our communities, our region. When I painted the portraits I tried to look into and then convey the dignity and nobility of each person who posed, to sidestep a lazy cynicism so prevalent in our time. I tried to put into the project a way of seeing ourselves, our neighbors with openness to a self worth.  Having this view of ourselves showing in the beautiful Figge galleries or sent to other museums under the Figge umbrella satisfies something deep in my artistic need to serve.”

The purchase has been made possible by a major gift from two private donors, with additional funds from current and former Figge Trustees, other supporters, and from the Figge’s endowment for acquisitions.


About Rose Frantzen  

A Maquoketa native, Rose Frantzen studied art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, the Palette and Chisel Academy and at the Academy College of Fine Arts. Her work is collected internationally, and has been shown at the Butler Museum of Art, the Dubuque Museum of Art, the Denver Historical Museum and at the Portrait Society of America Annual Meeting, in addition to her exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery and the Figge Art Museum. She has lectured and demonstrated portraiture across the country. Her husband, Charles Morris, also an artist, assisted with the perspective planning for the landscape panels of “Portrait of Maquoketa.” 

About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit



Shop the German American Heritage Center for Christmas! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:56

SPECIAL OFFER: $1 off all Ornaments, Mugs, Pretzels, & Books!

Great New Products Now in Stock!
  • new wood products handcrafted in Bavaria
  • arrival of restocked Swarovski crystal nail files, NEW tweezers and nail clippers with crystals
  • Unique photos of authentic German-style nativity scenes
  • books by author and GAHC presenter Rochelle Pennington, including "An Old Fashioned Christmas" with CD


A Modern Salon at Brucemore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 10:42

SPT Theatre featuring special guests Angela Billman and Aaron Murphy

SPT Theatre will return to Brucemore for the twelfth year of A Modern Salon—January 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31 at 7:30 p.m. The event emulates the Parisian salons at the turn of the twentieth century and continues the tradition of entertaining that was common for the families who called Brucemore home. Special guests Angela Billman and Aaron Murphy will join SPT in entertaining audiences with hilarious stories, engaging conversation, and outstanding music inspired by the 2015 theme, travel. Admission is $40 per Brucemore member or $45 per person in advance.  Admission includes pre-show wine tasting from First Avenue Wine House and appetizers from the Wright Touch Bake Shoppe and Catering beginning at 7:00 p.m. Champagne and desserts will be served during intermission. Evening dress is encouraged and valet parking is available (tips welcome). Space is limited; purchase tickets online at, by telephone at (319) 362-7375, or by visiting the Brucemore Store.

SPT Theatre (Small Professional Theatre) has entertained audiences with music, song, humor and wit since its establishment in 2006. SPT’s mission is to support, provide for and expand the artistic opportunities available to performers and arts patrons in the Cultural Corridor. SPT strives to coordinate performances with existing organizations and create new opportunities for actors, musicians, writers and artists. For more information about SPT Theatre, call (319) 361-5297 or visit  

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


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