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Journey to Space 3D coming to the Putnam's Giant Screen Theater Saturday, January 31, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Friday, 30 January 2015 09:26

Through visually stunning imagery, and in collaboration with leading space experts,  Journey to Space 3D showcases the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on and the challenges they must overcome to carry out missions, once considered science fiction, and now science fact, such as landing astronauts on Mars. The film calls attention to the reality that the space program did not die with the end of the Shuttle Program in 2011. It is instead, vibrantly alive.

Journey To Space also gives a fitting tribute to the Space Shuttle Program and the 355 astronauts who flew on the 135 Shuttle missions. This historical chapter in the film is in the first one-third of the movie and describes how the Shuttle took many of the big steps that helped us understand how to live and operate in space. In fact, it's the lessons learned during those many steps that have enabled the future missions covered in the film. The film also gives a strong overview of the Shuttle's last major project - the launch and assembly of the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is a joint collaboration of 15 nations and is operating 24/7 providing a true home and science lab in space like no other. ISS crews' tours of duty have averaged six months, and NASA will begin one-year duration missions starting in 2015. Researchers expect the one-year mission to yield beneficial knowledge on the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges explorers may face as they venture to an asteroid, Mars and beyond.

Alien Worlds and Androids Exhibit Sponsored by John Deere, MindFire, Mediacom, Riverboat Development
Authority and Quad-City Times.
Journey to Space 3D Sponsored Locally by Alcoa

Questions? Call us at  (563) 324-1933

Upcoming Quilt events at German American Heritage Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Friday, 30 January 2015 09:06

Saturday, Jan. 31st 2pm  Quilt Demonstration by Tami from Cotton Creek Mill Quilt Shop in West Branch

Tami will be demonstrating new quilting products as well as speaking on 'signature' quilts! Learn how this type of quilt originated and the possible stories it can reveal!

Mark your calendars as we will visit Tami and her shop as part of a day trip to West Branch on Sat. February 21st


Bus Trip to West Branch
Sat. Feb. 21st 9am-2:30pm

$25 GAHC members; $35 non-members  $10 additional collected for lunch; optional admission fees

9:00  Bus leaves Florian Keen municipal parking lot by the Freight House

10:00 Arrival in West Branch; Options to explore include:

  • Cotton Creek Mill Quilt Shop; special greeting and gift to bus participants by Tami
  • Explore adjacent antique shops/stores
  • West Branch Heritage Museum
  • National Park Sites at the Hoover Library include Hoover birthplace cottage,gravesite, Blacksmith shop, Quaker meeting house, one-room school house all no charge.
  • Hoover Library ($6 for age 62+) features exhibits about Hoover, a short film about his life; new baseball exhibit "The Signature of Baseball."

12:00  Bus will collect trippers downtown and at the National Park Site; transport to Scattergood School.

12:30   Lunch catered by Reid's Beans of West Branch and served at Scattergood with Quaker customs.

Menu: Stuffed Roast Pork Loin, fresh pasta salad, green salad, sweet potato and parsnip side dish, squash soup. $10 fee

Following lunch Scattergood personnel will relate a brief history of their school, with focus on their work with German refugees during World War II.

Former slave's eulogy for Lincoln to highlight Lincoln's Birthday celebration in Springfield PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Friday, 23 January 2015 11:40
"Doing honor to the memory of our friend and liberator”

Frederick Douglass’ impassioned eulogy to Lincoln to be presented by nationally-acclaimed actor at annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium banquet February 12

    SPRINGFIELD, IL- When Frederick Douglass spoke, people listened. He was a former slave who purchased his freedom and became one of Abraham Lincoln’s most vocal critics and supporters at the same time. And when Douglass delivered a eulogy to the 16th President at the dedication of a memorial in 1876, the speech he made has come to be known as the most stirring remembrance of Lincoln’s legacy ever made.

    That impassioned speech will be presented on Lincoln’s 206th birthday, Thursday, February 12, by a nationally-acclaimed actor at the annual Abraham Lincoln Association Symposium Banquet. Fred Morsell, a veteran star of stage and screen, will headline the banquet and perform Frederick Douglass’ famous speech, Eulogy to Lincoln. The New York Times praised Morsell’s performance of a Douglass speech on PBS saying, “the standing ovation given to Mr. Morsell, whose sonorous voice stems in large part from his background as lyric baritone, is clearly and deservedly heartfelt.”

    The banquet will be held at the President Lincoln Hotel in Springfield on Thursday, February 12. The reception starts at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $85 each and can be obtained online at or by calling (866) 865-8500.

Parts of Douglass’ speech continue to echo through time: “…under his wise and beneficent rule we saw ourselves gradually lifted from the depths of slavery to the heights of liberty and manhood…we saw that the handwriting of ages, in the form of prejudice and proscription, was rapidly fading away from the face of our whole country; under his rule, and in due time, about as soon after all as the country could tolerate the strange spectacle, we saw our brave sons and brothers laying off the rags of bondage, and being clothed all over in the blue uniforms of the soldiers of the United States responding to the call of Abraham Lincoln, and with muskets on their shoulders, and eagles on their buttons, timing their high footsteps to liberty and union under the national flag…

“Any man can say things that are true of Abraham Lincoln…He was a mystery to no man who saw him and heard him. Though high in position, the humblest could approach him and feel at home in his presence. Though deep, he was transparent; though strong, he was gentle; though decided and pronounced in his convictions, he was tolerant towards those who differed from him, and patient under reproaches. Even those who only knew him through his public utterance obtained a tolerably clear idea of his character and personality.”

    The Abraham Lincoln Association (ALA) will also celebrate President Lincoln’s birthday with its annual Abraham Lincoln-Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium that will begin on Wednesday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at The Old State Capitol State Historic site with a keynote address by Dr. Matthew Holden, Jr., the Wepner Distinguished Professor in Political Science at the University of Illinois Springfield. His presentation is titled The End and the Beginning: Emancipation and Counter-Emancipation.

The Symposium on Lincoln’s presidency in 1865 continues on Thursday, February 12 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. The 11 a.m. speakers will be James B. Conroy, author of Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865 and fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and Chris DeRose, award-winning author of Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America’s Greatest President, as well as several other books. A round table featuring all of the Symposium speakers begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. These Symposium events are free and open to the public.

The Thomas F. Schwartz Symposium luncheon, which begins at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 12 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, features speaker Dr. Ronald White, Jr., author of A. Lincoln: A Biography a New York Times bestseller and Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural, a New York Times notable book. The luncheon is $25 per person and reservations can be made online at or by calling (866) 865-8500.

The Abraham Lincoln Association Symposium is co-sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The University of Illinois Springfield, The Old State Capitol State Historic Site and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. For more information about the Abraham Lincoln Association, visit

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This Weekend: A special program at GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Friday, 23 January 2015 11:34

German American Heritage Center Presents:

Iowa Op Platt with Kathi Hofmann onSunday, January 25, 2015 at 2pm
This Sunday at GAHC we are showing a film from German Television about Scott County and its impressive German Heritage. The film is in German but we will be providing handouts in English of what is being said! Follow along or just enjoy the views of Scott County as seen by Germans!
Iowa op Platt
is part of a series produced by the German NDR (Norddeutsche Rundfunk) TV station. Yared Dibaba and Julia Westlake traveled all around the USA as well as to Africa, Australia and South America talking to people with family connections to northern Germany and the Low German dialect.  In 2006 they visited Iowa. This 45-minute film features farmers Glenn Sievers and Bill Stohrjohan. Jack Schinkel, Lee Moeller and other members of the American Schleswig Holstein Heritage Society join them in Walcott.  Erna Cielecki shows them around the I-80 Truck stop. They also stop in Davenport at the German American Heritage Center.  DeWitt resident Karl Maass meets Yared and Julia in Manning, Iowa, at the Hausbarn he helped rebuild.
Mark your calendars for next weekend too! We are hosting Tami from Cotton Creek Mill in West Branch as she shares the history of her "signature" quilts and demonstrates new quilt products on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2pm!

Yuriko Yamaguchi: Interconnected in Art, Nature, Science and Technology PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Friday, 23 January 2015 11:05

Davenport, Iowa (January 21, 2015) – Starting Saturday, the Figge Art Museum will present the work of artist Yuriko Yamaguchi in the exhibition titled: Yuriko Yamaguchi: Interconnected in Art, Nature, Science and Technology.


A native of Japan and longtime resident of Washington D.C., Yamaguchi creates organic, web-like sculptures from nets of wire and resin forms cast from dried curls of potatoes, onion ends, leaves and seed pods found in nature. She scours the neighboring woods and local grocery stores in search of these aesthetically pleasing forms that she dries and cuts up until they bear only a passing resemblance to their former selves. She then creates a silicon rubber mold from the material she collects and mixes liquid resin with color dye, which she then pours into the mold.

Biological in origin but no longer natural, the resin pieces that she produces embody the delicate balance that exists between various dualities: the familiar vs. the unfamiliar, synthetic vs. natural, realism vs. abstraction, death and decay vs. life and rejuvenation. Through her art, she seeks to explore the constantly fluctuating but ever-present “interconnections” that bind us to one another and to the natural world.

According to Yamaguchi, “I [create] works that remind people that we are all connected in many overlapping webs woven out of the common forces that affect the human condition: family origin, economic stressors, religious beliefs, nature, time, place and technology. After all, we are only human beings who were born and will die, only to be replaced by others in the community of man.”

Yamaguchi takes on a holistic world view that sees all existence as intrinsically interrelated. Social concerns, politics, technology, ecological issues and other aspects of our reality must not be understood in isolation, but within a broader context and her work resists definitive interpretations.

Yamaguchi currently teaches sculpture at George Washington University. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Field Museum in Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Ise Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and many others. Her artwork also is included in major museum collections both in the U.S. and abroad.

This exhibition will be on view January 24-May 31, 2015 and an exhibition catalogue will be available in the Museum Store. 

This project is made possible by a grant to EICCD from the U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services.

Companion Programming:

Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Friday, January 23, 2015

5:30 p.m. Opening Reception

7 p.m. Yuriko Yamaguchi Talk

Mingle with artist Yuriko Yamaguchi and fellow Figge members at the opening reception. Yamaguchi will speak at 7 p.m. and provide insight into her artistic process.

Artist Talks

7 p.m. Thursday, May 7

Area artists will reflect on the work of Yuriko Yamguchi

Weekend Tours

1:30 p.m. February 1, 7, 15, 28

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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