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Holiday Happenings at Bucktown Center for the Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pat Bereskin   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:11

Make a holiday tradition by spending the day, November 22nd, in downtown Davenport. Come in from the cold and shop indoors after the Festival of Trees parade at Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd downtown Davenport. Make sure to check out our tree at Festival of Trees!

Bucktown will be open noon to 4 on Sundays, starting November 23rd, for your holiday shopping convenience.

Black Friday, November 28th, escape the crowds and do your shopping at Bucktown Center for the Arts.  The opening reception for the Angels Among Us juried show will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Art from a wide variety of talented artists, interpreting the theme “Angels Among Us,” will be showcased at Boho Chic, located in Bucktown, through December 31st.

Avoid lines and start your Christmas shopping in a relaxed environment.  Give your family and friends a gift of art that will last a lifetime.  There are eight galleries to choose from, including Atom Studio + Gallery and Boho Chic.  Enjoy a complimentary beverage. Chair massages will be available to ease that holiday shopping stress.

Free gift wrapping will be available for your purchases.

Small Business Saturday is this November 29th.  Support your local artists and stop by Bucktown Center for the Arts.  Give back to your community and shop the businesses you trust.  Buy local, buy American made, buy Bucktown.
Friday, December 19 – Gallery Night, Holiday Wine Walk and Jewelry Style Show - 6 to 9 p.m. Purchase a wine glass decorated by Bucktown artists and sample six unique wines. Enjoy a "tearoom style” fashion show featuring Bucktown's hand crafted jewelry and snacks as you stroll the Bucktown galleries in search of the perfect last-minute holiday gift. Frank Sinatra impersonator Travis Hosette will perform a medley of Sinatra's hits and holiday favorites to top off this fun and festive evening.  Thanks to IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union for sponsoring this event!

Great things are happening at the German American Heritage Center! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:48

GAHC Travel Opportunity - Germany Still Beckons for 2015  Seminar on Sunday, Nov. 9th

There are still spaces available for the GAHC trip to Germany in 2015, featuring "The Rivers of Southern Germany" and a land tour to follow. Participants may sign up for both portions or for just one.
A travel seminar will be held on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2:00 p.m. for registered participants and anyone who would
like to learn more about these great opportunities and still join the group!
Presenters include:
  • Linda Meadors of Blue Horizon Travel, with cruise highlights, airfare info and updates on future group opportunities to prep for the trip in 2015.
  • Paul Larsen with the latest on hotel accommodations and sightseeing.
  • Janet Brown-Lowe, GAHC Executive Director, with announcements regarding genealogy and

All interested parties are welcome to attend!

See the heartwarming musical The Christmas Schooner with GAHC at the Mercury Theater!

The whole family will enjoy this tale of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. This critically acclaimed production features a powerful, moving story, an exquisite score of original music and traditional holiday favorites, and a company of 25 actors and musicians. Classic German and English songs performed throughout this wonderful musical.

"The Christmas Schooner has entertained audiences in hundreds of productions including a twelve year run at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. Last year the Mercury revived the tradition with a full orchestra and an all-star cast, garnering a "Best Production" nomination for the 2012 Jeff Awards. The Chicago Tribune calls this show "a grand family tradition" and "a sacred part of a Chicago Christmas". The Chicago Sun-Times raved, "an inheritance to be treasured", "pleases in every way", "highly recommended". A timely and uplifting tale of love and loss, The Christmas Schooner reminds us of tradition, and our responsibility to celebrate the living while honoring our heritage."

Join us by calling 563-322-8844 to reserve your place by Nov. 15th. $100 for members and $115 for non-members includes bus and theater ticket. Lunch and dinner at your own cost. Bus will depart Davenport at 7am, Lunch & shopping at Water Tower Place from 11am-1pm, Matinee performance of The Christmas Schooner at 3pm, Departure from Chicago at 5:30pm with meal enroute, and arrival in Davenport at 9:30. All times are approximate!

Lecture Series on Geology of the National Parks Continues at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:46

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Dr. Richard Baker continues his series of lectures this winter about geology in our national parks with presentations on Wednesdays, November 12 (Zion and Bryce Canyon), January 28 (Isle Royale and Voyageurs), and March 25 (Glacier Bay and Kenai Fjords). The lectures are free and last about one hour. They begin at the visitor center of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site at 7:00 p.m.

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

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

Brucemore Holiday Mansion Tours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 31 October 2014 13:17
Celebrate holidays past by participating in Brucemore’s annual tradition, Holiday Mansion Tours, November 28 through December 31. Visitors will enjoy the seasonal splendor of 13 glowing trees, a dining room set for Christmas dinner, stunning mantel arrangements, the lush garland adornment of the grand staircase, and other seasonal cheer throughout the Mansion. Sunday tours will feature live music from the original 1929 Skinner pipe organ. The holidays at Brucemore are sponsored by Pearson.


Daytime tours will be offered, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and, Sundays, noon to 3:00 p.m. Tours begin on the hour except on Saturdays and Sundays when they begin on the half hour. Admission for daytime tours is free to Brucemore members, $7 per adult, and $3 per child. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour in the Brucemore Store located in the Visitor Center. Space is limited to 15 people per tour; please show up early to purchase tickets. Groups of 20 or more are required to make a reservation at least two weeks in advance. Evening tours will be offered as part of the Thursday Night Lineup; visit or call (319) 362-7375 for more information. Brucemore will be closed on Mondays as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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


This weekend: 2 great programs at the German American Heritage Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Friday, 31 October 2014 10:01

We invite you to the GAHC for two intriguing programs this weekend. We hope you will join us!

Saturday, November 1 @ 2pm
"Stories from the Wall" Community Conversation

Join GAHC's roundtable discussion on the Berlin Wall, 25 years after its fall. Members Michael Hustedde and Nick Pitz lead the panel discussion for anyone who experienced the wall, the fall, and the aftermath. Participation encouraged!

This program is part of our exhibition "Berlin: Divided Past/United Future" that is open now through November 9, the 25th anniversary to the day of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Sunday, November 2 @ 2pm
The German Revolutionaries in America- 1848'ers: A Presentation by Dr. Joachim "Yogi" Reppmann

The "Forty-eighters" were a relatively small number of individuals who emigrated from Europe in the late 1840s and early 1850s after fighting unsuccessfully with both pen and sword for liberty, democracy, and national unity. Many of the German Forty-eighters immigrated to the United States, with a large number from the present-day state of Schleswig-Holstein choosing Davenport & Scott County, Iowa as their adopted home. After settling in America, these unique and talented individuals provided an intellectual transfusion affecting not only their fellow German immigrants, but also the political and social history of the United States during one of its most critical periods. -

Dr. Reppmann will deliver a lively talk on this interesting group, focusing in on some of the famous 48ers from Davenport including Christian Müller!

Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding the tips details. We can be reached at 563-322-8844.

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