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Summer Camps are filling up fast - don't miss out! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Monday, 16 June 2014 15:42

Fee: $35/ $31.50 Members


Xpress Urself I

Grades 4-6, June 30, 9am - 4pm

Create, explore and connect using technologies like 3D printing and robotics
in the Putnam's NEW Fab Lab!


Xpress Urself II

Grades 7-8, July 1, 9am - 4pm

Create, explore and connect using technologies like 3D printing and robotics
in the Putnam's NEW Fab Lab!


No Boys Allowed! (Science for Girls)

Grades 6-8, July 2, 9am - 4pm

Grab your best girlfriends and leave the boys behind as we spend the day experiencing science
our own way. Dive in, discover and discuss your way through all things science!


Engineering Kids Camp

Fee: $40. Choose one of the following days:
July 21 or 22 for Grades 4 - 6
July 24 for GIRLS ONLY grades 4 - 8
July 25 for Grades 7-8
Back by popular demand - Don't miss this opportunity to create and learn side by side Iowa State college students and Professional Engineers. Explore robotics, test your engineering problem-solving and even take in a giant screen film. Lunch and t-shirt included in this special camp!
Sponsored in-part by: Iowa State University College of Engineering and Quad City Engineering and Science Council.





Fee: $160/ $150 Members

CS Eye-Spy, Grades 3 - 5
June 16-20, 9am - 4pm


Fee: $85/ $76.50 Members

Be Sense-ible!

July 14-18, 1pm - 4pm

What can you learn from your 5 senses? Join us for this mystery-solving week where touch, sight, sound, taste and smell crack the code. It'll be sense-sational!

Bug Bonanza!

July 28-August 1, 9am - noon

Explore your A, BEE, Cs in this week dedicated to learning about our insect friends. Discover millions of butterflies on the giant screen, race a real Madagascar cockroach and spin a web any spider would be envious of. It'll be a bug's life at the Putnam!


Astronaut Training Camp

July 28 - August 1, 1pm - 4pm

Learn what it takes to make it to space! Challenge your body and your mind with hands-on NASA-style training made perfect for our youngest campers. We'll have a blast during this camp!

1717 W 12th Street | Davenport, IA | (563) 324-1933 |

Governor Quinn Announces $20 Million Investment in Illinois’ Public Museums PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Monday, 16 June 2014 15:37

Illinois Jobs Now! Funding Will Help 47 Museums Improve Their Facilities and Develop New Exhibits

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 47 Illinois museums that attract 16.5 million visitors annually will receive $20 million in state capital investments to improve their facilities and develop new exhibits. The investments are through Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, and are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“Museums play a vital role in telling us about our world and who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going,” Governor Quinn said. “These investments will help museums attract even more visitors, boost tourism, create hundreds of jobs and help preserve our history for generations to come.”

The projects are part of the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR).The program was open to any museum operated by local governments or located on municipally owned land. The maximum grant award was $750,000 and matching funds were required in many cases based on the museum attendance levels from the previous year. Two years ago the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program awarded $15 million to 49 museums for projects ranging from expanded facilities to exhibits and infrastructure improvements.

“Museums, like other natural and cultural facilities, improve local economies throughout the state,” DNR Director Marc Miller said. “These places can become the backbone of a strong social structure within our communities and I applaud Governor Quinn for recognizing the importance of investing in museums so they can be enjoyed and educate current and future generations.”

The museum grants are part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation.

A list of the 2014 Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program awards follows:

Champaign County

  • Museum of the Grand Prairie, $238,200 to demolish an existing structure and create a new climate controlled addition. Total project cost $289,100.
  • Virginia Theatre, $750,000 to design, engineer and install house stage lighting, catwalk, light boxes and sound equipment. Total project cost $750,000.

Cook County

  • Adler Planetarium, $750,000 to help develop a new observation deck including a walkway access point, LED lighting, guard rails and indoor improvements. Total project cost $1.5 million.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, $750,000 to replace climate control systems, tuckpointing, waterproofing and a new security system. Total project cost $2.25 million.
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, $750,000 to develop, design and construct a new exhibit and resource center about sustainable living practices and green technology. Total project cost $750,000.
  • Chicago Botanic Garden, $750,000 for architectural and engineering design work on a new Education Center. Total project cost $16.3 million.
  • Chicago Children’s Museum, $22,500 to convert gallery space from a permanent exhibit space to a short run exhibit and educational programming space. Total project cost $45,000.
  • Chicago History Museum, $750,000 for gallery renovations including new lighting, acoustics, restrooms, vestibules, climate control and a lighted floor map. Total project cost $1.25 million.
  • Brookfield Zoo, $750,000 for four restroom upgrades. Total project cost $2.25 million.
  • DuSable Museum of African American History, $750,000 to enhance the lobby including new doors, roof repairs, downspouts, flashing, gutters and insulation. Total project cost $750,000.
  • Field Museum of Natural History, $750,000 to purchase and install a new air handling unit and ductwork to service the southwest quadrant of the museum. Total project cost $2.25 million.
  • Garfield Park Conservatory, $750,000 to create a multi-tiered structure with tropical plantings, interactive seating, an exhibit observation area, nature sorting station, pathways and “secret spaces.” Total project cost $3.3 million.
  • The Grove, Glenview, $80,500 to expand archival storage space including a work space and teaching area. Total project cost $130,000.
  • Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, $70,100 for exterior restoration and rehabilitation of Cicero Firehouse Number 2 that will become the new museum and history center. Total project cost $291,300.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo, $750,000 to help construct an exhibit. Total project cost $3.1 million.
  • Museum of Science & Industry, $750,000 to reconstruct the upper and lower portions of the North Wall of the Central Pavilion. Total project cost $2.25 million.
  • Oak Park Observatory, $146,000 to develop an interactive outdoor display garden with programmed educational experiences. Total project cost $196,000.
  • Wildwood Nature Center, Park Ridge, $225,000 for new exhibits and interpretive signs, a new kiosk and map, ADA accessible trails, and an open air shelter. Total project cost $253,000.
  • Shedd Aquarium, $750,000 to protect and stabilize the building exterior. Total project cost $2.25 million.

DeKalb County

  • Ellwood House Museum, $126,400 to replace the roof and large terrace tile, including foundation pier rebuilding, tile beds and ADA platform lift. Total project cost $126,400.

DuPage County

  • Fischer Farm, Bensenville Park District, $108,200 to restore a pre-Civil War storage barn and hen house. Total project cost $108,200.
  • Downers Grove Park District Museum, $135,000 to restore an Underground Railroad stopover including interior work and exhibit creation. Total project cost $226,000.
  • DuPage Children’s Museum, $240,200 to develop an active wet area in the Dynamic Tables exhibit showing the weight and power of moving water to harness energy. Total project cost $1.29 million.
  • Mayslake Peabody Estate, DuPage County Forest Preserve District, $215,000 to restore the outside back courtyard elevation of Mayslake Hall. Total project cost $525,500.
  • Springbrook Nature Center Museum, Itasca, $335,000 to replace three climate control units, water heater, siding, roofing, insulation, upgrade ADA accessibility and outdoor signs. Total project cost $487,500.
  • Naper Settlement, Naperville, $629,200 to replace the electrical grid on the 12-acre museum campus. Total project cost $670,700.
  • DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton, $600,800 to replace roof with accurate red slate roofing, tuckpointing and copper gutter replacement. Total project cost $625,800.

Jersey County

  • City of Grafton Museum. $640,000 to add a 1550-square-foot addition to the existing Visitor Center. Total project cost $650,000.

Kane County

  • Grand Army of the Republic Memorial, Aurora, $750,000 for cabinetry restoration, woodwork and floor finishing, partition walls, lighting, climate control and emergency systems. Total project cost $1.07 million.
  • Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles, $130,400 to create an indoor/outdoor glacial-themed exhibit including interpretive kiosks and learning stations. Total project cost $180,400.

Lake County

  • The Raupp Museum, Buffalo Grove, $51,000 to remove an existing mural and create a store front exhibit including interactive detailing transportation innovations. Total project cost $68,300.
  • Lake County Discovery Museum, $750,000 to renovate the lower level of an office building to create permanent storage space for the museum’s historic collections. Total project cost $1.24 million.

Macon County

  • Scovill Zoo, Decatur, $413,700 for a walk-through aviary and crowned crane exhibit, pavilion, ADA walkway and a generator. Total project cost $463,700.

McHenry County

  • Lost Valley Visitor Center, $400,000 to create exhibits for the Visitor Center in the Glacial Park Conservation Area. Total project cost $400,000.

McLean County

  • Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington, $700,000 for a new DeBrazza’s Monkey exhibit, renovations to the zoo’s Entrance Building and an additional parking lot. Total project cost $720,000.
  • McLean County Museum of History, $254,800 to rehabilitate historic lighting systems and relocate and build new restrooms. Total project cost $254,800.
  • Children’s Discovery Museum, Normal, $116,800 for new floor to ceiling Air Mazes, Bernoulli Table and Wind Energy Station. Total project cost $124,800.

Ogle County

  • Byron Museum of History, $351,400 to remodel the Quonset hut attached to the museum to provide more exhibit space. Total project cost $401,400.

Peoria County

  • Forest Park Nature Center, Peoria, $250,000 for seven interactive exhibits – native animals, topographical dioramas, bird watching, watershed and hill prairies. Total project cost $500,000.

Rock Island County

  • Quad City Botanical Center, Rock Island, $520,000 to construct the Headwaters component needed to complete the Mini-Mississippi River exhibit. Total project cost $616,000.

Stephenson County

  • Stephenson County Historical Society, Freeport, $399,000 to remove and replace existing artifact storage and display area to include water and sewer service and make it ADA accessible. The entry drive will also be widened. Total project cost $499,000.

Will County

  • Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook, $104,500 to construct a wood pavilion with fireplace, tables and seating. Total project cost $104,500.
  • Bird Haven Greenhouse, Joliet, $741,000 to install a glass ceiling, shad cloth and new growing houses. Total project cost $741,000.
  • Isle a la Cache Museum, Forest Preserve District of Will County, $270,000 to renovate and reconstruct a Native American longhouse, ADA upgrades, garden, campfire circle and landscaping. Total project cost $270,000.

Winnebago County

  • Discovery Center Museum, Rockford, $294,000 to replace and refurbish exhibits for ADA accessibility, and to expand the early childhood gallery. Total project cost $294,000.
  • Rockford Art Museum, $369,000 to upgrade storage, handling and prep work. Total project cost $369,000.
  • Veterans Memorial Hall, Rockford, $251,900 to create and install exhibit cabinetry, repair a Civil War statue and prepare the site for outdoor monument placement. Total project cost $293,400.

From Pencil to Printed Page: Arthur Geisert’s Thunderstorm PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Friday, 13 June 2014 12:12

Davenport, Iowa (June 11, 2014) – A new exhibition will open Saturday at the Figge Art Museum by local artist and award-winning author, Arthur Geisert, of Bernard, Iowa.

From Pencil to Printed Page: Arthur Geisert’s Thunderstorm includes over 180 sketches, plates, print states and hand-colored illustrations immortalized in Geisert’s 2013 picture book Thunderstorm.

Figge visitors will have the unique opportunity to examine Geisert’s trademark copperplate etchings, a technique that dates back to 1500, while also gaining insight into his artistic process. From his initial pencil sketches through four stages of printing states to the final, painstakingly hand-colored illustrations, the entire progression will be shown. In addition an assemblage of artist’s tools and a printing press will be displayed.


When laid end-to-end, the illustrations complete a breathtaking 415 inch long panorama detailing the effects of a passing thunderstorm on a typical farm community one summer’s afternoon.

Geisert grew up in Los Angeles, California, and claims not to have seen a pig until he was an adult. Trained as a sculptor in college, Geisert learned to etch at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He has authored two dozen picture books, three of which have been named "best illustrated books" by The New York Times Book Review.

From Pencil to Printed Page: Arthur Geisert’s Thunderstorm will be on view June 14 through September 14, 2014 in the ground floor Orientation Gallery.

Companion Event:

Thunderstorm Gallery Talk and Book Signing

7 p.m. Thursday, June 19
Meet and listen to a talk by children's author and illustrator Arthur Geisert at this Gallery Talk and book signing. Geisert will speak about the exhibition and his latest book, Thunderstorm. Free! Starting at 5 p.m. there will be a cookout on the back patio for $10 with a cash bar.


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


Upcoming Herbert Hoover National Historic Site events PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:17

Lecture Series on Geology of the National Parks Continues at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Dr. Richard Baker continues his series of lectures about geology in our national parks with presentations on Acadia and Great Smoky Mountains (Wednesday, June 18 at 7 p.m.) and Mount Rainier and Crater Lake (Saturday, July 26 at 2 p.m.). The lectures take place at the visitor center, are free, and last about one hour.

Dr. Baker is a professor emeritus in the Geoscience Department at University of Iowa. He completed his doctorate research at Yellowstone National Park. He has traveled to many of our national parks and has taught a course on them at the University of Iowa. Dr. Baker’s previous lectures at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site examined national parks as diverse as Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Hawaii Volcanoes, Everglades, and many others.

The lecture series is offered in recognition of President Herbert Hoover’s interests in geology and conservation.


Join A Park Ranger For A Tallgrass Prairie Walk

On Saturday, June 21 a park ranger leads visitors through the reconstructed 81-acre tallgrass prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. Join to learn how and why the National Park Service is reconstructing this endangered habitat as part of the landscape commemorating Herbert Hoover's life. The walks begin at the tallgrass prairie observation deck by the gravesite parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The walk is less than a mile and lasts about 60 minutes. Bring water, dress for the weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and insect repellent are also recommended.

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

Iowa Museum Week at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Friday, 06 June 2014 13:39

Davenport, Iowa (June 6, 2014) –Iowa Museum Week starts Monday and runs through June 15. It’s held annually to raise awareness of the significant contributions made to Iowa communities by their museums in relation to quality of life, economic life, tourism and education.

The Figge Art Museum is one of many museums celebrating this special week by encouraging people to enjoy the exhibitions on view and special events taking place throughout the week.

Currently on display is Innovators & Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber, Local Threads, Landscape and A Moveable Museum: Works from the UIMA School Programs Collections. From Pencil to Printed Page: Arthur Geisert’s Thunderstorm will open Saturday, June 14. Each exhibition offers a different experience and visitors may also explore the permanent collection galleries.

Every Thursday evening from 5-9 p.m. the museum is free. This week there will be an Opening Reception and Gallery Talk for A Moveable Museum beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Mary Waterman Guildehaus Community Gallery. Dale Fisher, Curator of Education at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will speak about the exhibition at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Docent-guided tours will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15 at 1:30 p.m. and will focus on the Innovators & Legends exhibition on the 3rd and 4th floor galleries. Tours are free with paid admission.

The Museum will be FREE to all Fathers on Sunday, June 15 for Father’s Day. Treat your dad to some quality time by strolling through the galleries or shopping in the Museum Store.


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


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