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Brucemore’s Thursday Night Lineup Announced Evening Specialty Tours Offered in April PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:25

Brucemore announces the Thursday Night Lineup schedule of evening specialty tours for the month of April. Each tour focuses on a different aspect of the estate’s history, ranging from life in the early twentieth century to architecture and landscape design.  Space is limited on each tour; advance ticket purchase recommended. Admission fees and further details are available at or by calling (319) 362-7375.

April 4, 6:00 p.m. – Evening Mansion Tour: Explore over a century of Cedar Rapids history through the lives of the three families who called Brucemore home. The families of Brucemore were business and community leaders in a century of evolution of the Midwest. The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape our understanding of modern Cedar Rapids, eastern Iowa, and the American Midwest.

April 11, 6:00 p.m. – Nooks & Crannies Tour – Visit every floor, peek into closed rooms, and satisfy curiosity through this all-access pass to the Mansion. Marvel at the Skinner pipe organ room, discover the architecture and oddities in the attic, and experience the sight and sound of a "rain storm" in the basement Tahitian Room. Examine the superior craftsmanship and learn about ongoing preservation work. The tour is not recommended for children under ten or individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

April 18, 6:00 p.m. – Spring Landscape Hike – Discover current landscape issues, the role of public use, and the seasonal chores required to preserve the historic grounds amongst the subtle and spectacular seasonal dressings of the 26-acre landscape. See how planting choices with sensitivity to native species and seasonal display affect the overarching impact of a landscape design. Seek advice from Brucemore gardeners and ask questions on topics ranging from particular plantings to landscape designs.

April 25, 6:00 p.m. – Hands on History Interactive Family Tour: Bring the whole family on this interactive tour of both the grounds and Mansion. Learn about the daily lives of children and families at Brucemore 100 years ago while practicing etiquette of the era, learning to set a Victorian dinner table, and creating a craft project.

About the 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 or the May schedule, 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

Victorian Bridal Tea with "Once Upon a Tea Tyme" Tea Room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:02

When:  Sunday April 21, 2013 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM CDT

Where:  German American Heritage Center, 712 W Second Street, Davenport, IA 52802

Learn tea customs and manners from yesteryear and celebrate "Low Tea" a dazzling buffet of sweet and savory delights. Sisters Dana and Deanna from Once Upon a Tea Tyme will prepare the goodies and provide a costumed narrative! $10 members and $15 non-members. Don't miss this unique opportunity!
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Free PechaKucha Night at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:58

Davenport, Iowa (February 27, 2013) – PechaKucha Nights are coming to the Quad Cities starting this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Figge Art Museum.

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, or hobbies in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. This format allows presenters to show 20 slides for 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total) to keep presentations concise and fast-paced. The images advance automatically and the presenter talks along to the images.

Devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture, the first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public. Now, they are held in over 600 cities around the world by a city organizer. According to Davenport’s city organizer Melissa Hueting, Director of Education at the Figge, “PechaKucha Nights provide a perfect environment for idea-sharing and we are excited to see community members come together and celebrate a passion for creativity and life-long learning through this informal yet informative opportunity.”

The first PechaKucha Night in Davenport will feature seven presenters including Mayor Gluba who will speak about RiverVision. Gluba said, “The Figge Art Museum is a great community asset, and I commend its staff for the creativity and hard work they have put into developing PechaKucha Night in Davenport. We have a lot of creative, artistic people in the Quad Cities area so I am looking forward to seeing the other presentations. I encourage everyone who can to join us at this fun, free event.’”

Other participants include: local photographer Joshua Ford of Ford Photography, Davenport Schools Foundation Program Director Gene Conrad, Black Girls United! Founder/Director Shanna Cramer, local artist Steve Banks, map collector H. Dee Hoover and Community Arts Director Jessi Black of Quad City Arts.

Museum admission is free on Thursday evenings and this event will include free light appetizers beginning at 5:30 p.m. along with a cash bar. Thursday is the first of many PechaKucha Nights the Figge will be hosting. For more information on future dates, visit If you are interested in becoming a presenter please contact Melissa Hueting at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Learn German at the GAHC! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:46

Davenport, IA-Guten Tag, Auf Wiedersehen, Danke, Bitte, Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Traveling to Germany? Brush up on your German before you go! German For Travelers Language Classes will be offered every Thursday in April (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) at the German American Heritage Center from 5:30-6:30. Instructor Eileen Jackson-Williams will take us through the basics necessary for travel abroad. The class will feature travel tips, food, hotel, touring basics and typical signage as encountered by the average American tourist. Preregister by April 1st, $40 for members of GAHC and $50 for non-members. Call 563-322-8844 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up today!

The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA. For more information on programs, exhibits, and events visit

Get your tickets today for Bodies Revealed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 15:23
Opening March 9

Get your tickets TODAY! Purchase tickets by calling (563) 324-1933
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