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Sign up for these great spring workshops at GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by German American Heritage Center   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:18

It is time to register for our spring workshops! Call today to sign up for these creative classes where you can make and take something wonderful home!

Join GAHC to receive discounts on classes! Pre-registration and Pre-payment required for all classes! Materials provided!

Sun. March 2nd & 9th Fraktur Workshop with Bill Hannan  1pm-3:30pm
Master the art of lettering in the German style of Fraktur, $35 members and $40 non-members, includes both sessions.

Sun. March 23rd Psyanky Workshop 12:30-3:30

Learn to decorate eggs with this Czech wax relief technique $15 members $20 non-members.

Sun. March 30th Tote Basket Weaving Workshop with Tracy Welch 12:30-4:00

$35 members $40 nonmembers. Limited class size

Sun. April 6th Scherenschnitte with  Keith Bonnstetter- 2 sessions 12:30 -1:30 & 2:00-3:00

$15 members and $20 nonmembers, same design in each session.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for our 3rd Annual Eiermarkt & Easter Fountain programs:

Sat. April 12th 3rd Annual Eiermarkt Spring Craft Fair! 10am-3pm

Free admission to fair, many vendors!

Sun. April 13th Easter Fountains presentation by Kathi Hofmann 2pm See the intricate Easter fountains made this time of year in Germany!

Family Museum Launches New Website PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Friday, 14 February 2014 13:23

Bettendorf — The Family Museum has announced the launch of a new and improved website that will provide visitors with Museum information through an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly site.

The Family Museum website remodel addresses programming changes made at the Family Museum over the last five years through goals set in the Museum’s strategic plan. Programming at the Museum has shifted from mostly pre-paid and pre-registered classes to more Drop-In classes which serve a wider audience and are included with paid admission. While planning a visit to the Family Museum, guests to the new website will be able to navigate more easily through the hundreds of events offered at the Museum and discover all that the Family Museum has to offer.

The site overhaul also addresses the change in technology over the last several years. “Our analytics show us that back in 2008 only about 2% of our website visitors were using a smartphone to access our information. Today the percent of people using smartphones and tablets is closer to 60. We needed to adjust our website by improving the navigation and functionality to accommodate our guests,” said Public Relations Coordinator Elly Gerdts.

The Family Museum Foundation provided the funds needed for the update. The Family Museum used Terrostar Interactive Media for web design. The website can be found at

The Family Museum is a hands-on, interactive children’s museum located in Bettendorf, Iowa. In addition to the 44,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Museum also offers Drop-In programs, comprehensive dance classes, special events, and summer camps. Children and adults are invited to Play and Learn Together!




A Dose of Downton Abbey in Eastern Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 14 February 2014 09:03

Brucemore’s Hired Help Tour explores working on a country estate



Downton Abbey fans will enjoy Brucemore’s Hired Help Tour—March 13, April 10, and May 8 at 6:00 p.m. Join a costumed interpreter for a tour revealing the lives of Brucemore's domestic servants in the early twentieth century. Consider what it was like to live and work on one of Iowa's grandest estates while exploring the servants' living quarters and the Servants' Village, an area open to the public only during this tour. Documents, photographs, and other materials from Brucemore's collections enrich visitors' understanding of the relationships between the employers and “the hired help.” Admission is $15 per person and $12 per Brucemore member. Space is limited; purchase tickets online at or by calling (319) 362-7375.

The Hired Help Tour is part of Brucemore’s Thursday Night Lineup. Every Thursday night Brucemore will feature a different specialty tour focusing on topics for all interests, including arts and culture, Midwestern industry, gardening, landscape design, architecture, preservation, behind-the-scenes at Brucemore, and growing up in the early twentieth century. For more information on the Thursday Night Lineup, visit or call (319) 362-7375.

About Brucemore

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


What's Happening at the Putnam PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 13:11
Help us make the
STEM Learning Center a REALITY!

Valentine's Special:
The Notebook
February 14 & 15
at 7:00 p.m.

Bittersweet Harvest
Opening February 15


FREE Events:
2014 Winter Olympics
February 17, 20, and 23
Concessions will be open with wine and other adult beverages available for purchase.



Eastern Canada RV Adventure
Presented by: John Holod
February 18, 2014

1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Click here fore more information

Putnam Museum
1717 W 12th St
Davenport, Iowa 52804

Landscape: Ingalena Klenell and Beth Lipman PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:36

Davenport, Iowa (February 12, 2014) – A floor-to-ceiling curtain of sculpted and fused clear glass will be on display at the Figge Art Museum beginning Saturday. Landscape: Ingalena Klenell and Beth Lipman is on loan to the Figge from the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington and will be on view in the second floor print gallery.

The exhibition is a collaboration between artists Ingalena Klenell of Sweden and Beth Lipman of Wisconsin in which pieces of glass are suspended from the ceiling and rise up from the floor to create a translucent landscape curtain. Their use of transparent glass emphasizes the romanticism inherent in 19th century landscapes, as well as the fragility of nature as we understand it today.

Showcasing cutting edge technology, Landscape is unique in the world of glass. “We are thrilled to have this extraordinary exhibition at the Figge and are eager for people to see it in person to fully appreciate all the intricate details and remarkable talent on display,” said Executive Director Tim Schiffer.

Both artists will be in the Quad Cities on February 20 and visitors are invited to the museum for a FREE Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. to hear first-hand the techniques used to create Landscape.

Sponsored locally by Andy & Debi Butler, Cottingham & Butler and SISCO, the exhibition will be on display through May 25, 2014.

Companion Programming:

Landscape Member Reception and Gallery Talk

Thursday, February 20
5:30 p.m. Reception / 7 p.m. Gallery Talk
Join artists Ingalena Klenell and Beth Lipman for a discussion of the ideas and techniques at work in Landscape.

FREE Family Day

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, February 22

$5 Burger baskets, Dining Room

Kids and their big people can explore the amazing world of art through video and glass!


Landscape Exhibition Tours

1:30 p.m. Saturdays • March 1, 15

1:30 p.m. Sundays • March 2, 23


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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