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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 www.nps.gov/heho 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

www.nps.gov/heho

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 www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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Free Summer Programs and Events at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 13:53

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Herbert Hoover National Historic Site invites visitors to attend free ranger programs this summer.

Dr. Richard Baker continues his lecture series “Geology of the 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 programs are free. Meet at the visitor center.

Special musical events “Music on the Village Green” continue each Thursday night in June at 7 p.m.. The weekly performances feature bluesman Kevin “B.F.” Burt (June 5), folk blues duo Joe and Vicki Price (June 12), mariachi musicians Las Guitarras De Mexico (June 19), and contemporary country performer Danika Holmes featuring Jeb Hart (June 26).

Join a national park ranger for “Campfire on the Village Green” on Saturday, June 14. The program is free and begins at 9:00 p.m. The ranger will discuss how national parks restore and preserve remnants of our nation’s once vast tallgrass prairie. Visitors and their families are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, and toasting sticks and marshmallows.

On Saturday, June 21 and Monday, September 1, take the “Tallgrass Prairie Walk” to find out how and why the National Park Service is reconstructing this endangered habitat as part of the landscape commemorating Herbert Hoover's life. The walk begins at the Tallgrass Prairie Observation Deck (at the Gravesite Parking Lot) at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Take a walking tour of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. from July 9 through August 13.  A ranger leads you through the park’s historic buildings: the Birthplace Cottage, Blacksmith Shop, Schoolhouse, and Friends Meetinghouse. The tour begins and ends at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in time for the 7 p.m. Wednesday movie.

Learn about “Herbert Hoover’s National Parks” on Saturday, July 19. As President, Herbert Hoover’s administration created a number of new national parks and monuments. Join a park ranger to learn about some of these special places. This indoor presentation takes place at 2 p.m. in the visitor center.

“Hoover’s Hometown Days” on August 1 and 2 celebrates the life of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States. Enjoy free family fun Friday night and all day Saturday with a variety of family entertainment, craft vendors and more! Saturday night, view a spectacular fireworks display accompanied with music by the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band. The celebration takes place throughout downtown West Branch. Visit www.hoovershometowndays.org for more information.

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 www.nps.gov/heho 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

www.nps.gov/heho


Twitter: @HooverNPS

Facebook: HerbertHooverNHS

 
A Moveable Museum: Works from the UIMA School Programs Collection PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:41

Davenport, Iowa (June 4, 2014) – The Figge Art Museum is partnering with the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) to bring an exciting, interactive exhibition to the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery. A Moveable Museum: Works from the UIMA School Programs Collection opens Saturday and is curated by Dale Fisher, curator of education at UIMA, with the assistance of UIMA and Figge staff members.

Since the Iowa flood of 2008, the UIMA has been unable to serve audiences in traditional ways and has used the UIMA School Programs in order to continue education about art. This outreach program impacts thousands of K-12 art, social studies and language arts students across the state of Iowa each year. 

The collection is usually reserved for classrooms throughout the state, but for the first time will be on view as a comprehensive exhibition. A Moveable Museum will give visitors a unique opportunity to participate in a hands-on experience with works from five continents as well as works demonstrating a wide range of media.

Guests are encouraged to interact and familiarize themselves with the art first-hand through handling a selection of works and utilizing the Ipads which will offer a better understanding of what is on display. Docents and museum staff will be in the gallery assisting people with the interactive artwork.

From ceramics and wood carvings to quilts and graphic novels, the wide variety of artwork provides something for everyone.

UIMA Education Partners, made up of private foundations, corporate and individual sponsors, fund the purchase of artworks for this program. The works travel to schools, libraries and other educations settings. Each year teacher input is collected in regards to curricular objectives, which informs what type of new thematic collection will be added next.

A Moveable Museum will be on view through August 3, 2014.

 

Companion Events:

A Moveable Museum Opening Reception & Gallery Talk

Thursday, June 12
5:30 p.m. Reception for A Moveable Museum
7 p.m. Formal Remarks
Free Admission

Dale Fisher is the Curator of Education at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA). He will speak about the exhibition, including its history and the unique, hands-on opportunities that come with it. 

 

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 www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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Iowa Museum Week Encourages Iowa Citizens to Celebrate Area Museums PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 13:38

Bettendorf – In partnership with the Iowa Museum Association, Governor Terry Branstad has declared June 9-15, 2014 Iowa Museum Week. The Family Museum staff would like to encourage the citizens of the Quad Cities to explore area museums. “Iowa Museum Week happens during a great time of year for families to get out of the house and into any one of the fantastic museums in the area – on both the Iowa and the Illinois sides of the river. The Quad Cities is rich with culture from our art museums to our botanical center to our history museums, and the Family Museum is honored to be included as one of the many educational assets of the community,” said Family Museum Assistant Director Kim Kidwell.

Family Museum Director Jeff Reiter said, “Not only is Iowa Museum Week a time to celebrate Iowa museums, it’s a time for us at the Family Museum to thank our community for its continuing support. It is because of the people of the City of Bettendorf and the Quad Cities that we are able to offer such exciting exhibits and dynamic programing. It’s a time to thank our guests, our city leaders, our volunteers, our donors, and our sponsors. It’s very humbling to work in such a supportive community.”

According to the proclamation [view here], “Iowa’s museums play a crucial role in preserving the historical fabric and memory of our state through the preservation of artifacts and archives.” “Iowa’s museums provide educational resources and programs which expand learning opportunities for all ages.” “Iowa’s museums contribute to a vibrant community and state economy through job creation, the purchase of goods and services, and by attracting tourism revenue to the community and the state.” “Iowa’s museums play a significant role in enhancing community quality of life.” Branstad encourages the citizens of the state Iowa to celebrate by visiting and supporting the Iowa museum of their choice.

If you would like to contact the Iowa Museum Association, please contact Cynthia Sweet, Executive Director at (319) 239-2236 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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