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Written by Putnam Museum   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:54
C O M I N G    S O O N!

Midnight Premiere of The Hobbit:
An Unexpected Journey:Friday, December 14
at 12:01 a.m.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Marathon:

Saturday, December 8, starting at 10 a.m.,
Doors open at 8:30 a.m

N O W    P L A Y I N G Through December 13: Polar Express
Now playing on Saturdays through December 8. Free with purchase of a Museum or movie admission ticket.
U P C O M I N G  E V E N T S

Come enjoy the 4th annual FIRST Lego League Regional Competition held on December 15 & 16. No registration is involved for this event, registration for teams is closed for this year. We invite you to come and check out the competition for free, located in our Grand Lobby.

Christmas at the Front PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:38

Illinois State Military Museum Remembers, Re-Enacts Holidays in World War I Trenches

SPRINGFIELD, IL (12/05/2012)(readMedia)-- The Illinois State Military Museum's Living Historians will tell the story of World War I's 1914 Christmas truce and the Great War that changed illinois and the world. Dr. Chris McDonald, Lincoln Land Community College professor of political science will discuss the Christmas truce.


• Illinois State Military Museum

• Illinois National Guard and Militia Historical Society


Add to your Holiday season by sharing the experience of the 1914 Christmas truce of World War I. Walk the recreated trench and talk with Soldiers (from the State Military Museum Living History Detachment) about the Great War that changed Illinois and the world. Enjoy Christmas carols, hot beverages and donate to Toys for Tots.

WHEN: Tuesday December 18, 2012 at 06:00PM Central Time (US & Canada)

WHERE:Illinois State Military Museum
1301 N. MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, Illinois 62702


• Free coffee, hot cider or cocoa.

• Christmas carols with Springfield’s own Sound Celebration.

• Learn about the 1914 Christmas truce through a short presentation by Dr. Chris McDonald, Lincoln Land Community College professor of political science.

• The museum is a collection site for the Toys for Tots program and will be accepting donations of unwrapped toys for local distribution this Christmas.

• Admission and parking are free.

For additional information, please contact the Illinois State Military Museum at 217-761-3910.

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New Discounts in the Gift Shop and Free Sausage Samples! PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 10:52

Getting Ready For Christmas?  Buy $30 Worth of Merchandise and Receive a Free Jar of Pickles or Ritter Sport Chocolate!

Visit the German American Heritage Center for your holiday shopping this year! We have beautiful handcrafted heirloom gifts that you cannot find in the big box stores. This year we have more than ever with stocking stuffers, tea sets, leather purses, steins, and other great gifts Don't forget, members receive 10% off in the gift shop, as always!!!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Sausage Saturday!  December 8th from 10-2.  Sample treats from the Bavaria Sausage Company from Madison, WI

Figge Art Museum Awarded Humanities Iowa Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 09:08

Davenport, Iowa (December 2012) – The Figge Art Museum is pleased to announce it has received a grant from Humanities Iowa. The Figge was recently awarded a $5,000 grant for its upcoming exhibition Marking Territory: Cartographic Treasures of the Mississippi Valley and the World Beyond which will be on display from March 3, 2013 – June 16, 2013.

Marking Territory is a Figge-curated exhibition that draws upon the map collection of the University of Iowa Libraries as well as a private collection. Featuring a selection of 25-plus historic maps that range from early representations of the world to more detailed examinations of America’s vast interior west of the Mississippi, the exhibition explores how maps communicate highly complex ideas about identity, politics and culture. The exhibition will be part of the Figge’s ongoing exhibition series Visions of Iowa. Established in 2009, the series provides a platform for showcasing art that provides a historical and contemporary perspective on the people and places that make up Iowa.

The exhibition will be supplemented with extensive educational programming such as lectures, gallery talks and family events. Funding from Humanities Iowa will be used to support educational programming for the exhibition.

Humanities Iowa is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and brings the humanities to the public through grant making, publications, and through interactive programming and events; views and opinions expressed by the exhibition and its educational programming do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information and museum hours, contact the Figge at 563.326.7804 or visit



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Written by Jenna Smith   
Monday, 03 December 2012 15:45

DAVENPORT — Premier Exhibitions, Inc. and the Putnam Museum announced today that Bodies Revealed will open Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, IA.  Bodies Revealed will provide the public with an opportunity to see inside carefully preserved real anatomical specimens and learn the detailed structure and function of the human body.

“The Bodies Revealed exhibit is a unique opportunity to SEE the impact of our lifestyle choices - what and how much we eat, whether we smoke, how often we exercise. We are surrounded by messages about the importance of healthy living – for many of us though, seeing is believing that ““an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”” At a time when health policy is on our collective minds, we are excited for the Quad Cities area to take advantage of this exhibit’s unique look at the wonders of the human body.” – Kim Findlay, CEO/President of the Putnam Museum.

“Trinity is happy to help the Putnam bring this fascinating educational opportunity to the Quad-Cities,” said Rick Seidler, President and CEO of Trinity Regional Health System, a sponsor of the Bodies Revealed exhibit. “The body is such a complex system; it will be a real eye-opener for people to see exactly how ongoing exposure to unhealthy habits can impact it.”

Trinity and the Putnam Museum are collaborating to coordinate a variety of activities in conjunction with the exhibit, including educational seminars, physician presentations, and prevention and awareness events. Trinity healthcare providers also will help serve as guides during the run of the exhibition.

The Exhibition takes visitors through galleries providing an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body. Many of the whole body specimens are dissected in vivid athletic poses, allowing the visitor to relate to everyday activities. In addition, authentic human specimens illustrate the damage caused to organs by over-eating and lack of exercise. A healthy lung is featured next to a black lung ravaged by smoking in a vivid comparison more powerful than any textbook image.

The human body specimens in the exhibition are preserved through a revolutionary technique called polymer preservation. In this process, human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened. The end result is a rubberized specimen, preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body's many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. The full-body specimens can take more than a year to prepare.


The Exhibition is currently receiving worldwide acclaim attracting nearly 15 million visitors from cities around the world.

Premier Exhibitions, Inc. is a major provider of Museum quality touring exhibitions throughout the world.

WHAT: Bodies Revealed

WHEN: Saturday, March 9 – July 14

WHERE: Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport, IA 52804

TICKETS: Mark your calendars, tickets will go on sale February 2013. Because of its popularity and attendance, the Putnam urges guests to purchase advance tickets to ensure admittance to the opening of the Exhibition. Tickets to the Exhibition will be available for purchase in February, at or by calling 563-324-1933.

Discounted prices are available to groups. Exhibition hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon to 4 p.m.

Bodies Revealed will be brought to the Putnam Museum through generous support from Trinity Regional Health System; Deere & Co.; and the Quad-City Times.

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