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Military Museum Recognizes Black History Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard   
Friday, 31 January 2014 15:05

New displays show service of African-American Soldiers in the Illinois National Guard

SPRINGFIELD, IL (01/31/2014)(readMedia)-- To recognize Black History Month, the Illinois State Military Museum has unveiled a new series of displays telling the story of the service of African American Soldiers in the Illinois National Guard in the Civil War and World War I.

"We've chosen to display artifacts from the Civil War and World War I to tell just a few of the stories of Illinois citizens that may not be well-known to the public or even our own National Guard personnel," said Bill Lear, Museum Curator. "African-Americans citizens have served in Illinois National Guard units throughout the state's history including the Civil War, Spanish-American War, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and today's Global War on Terror. Displays like these help tell the complete story of the service of Illinois citizens and of the Illinois National Guard."

The centerpiece display in the museum lobby is the U.S. flag carried during the Civil War by the 29th U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), the only black regiment from Illinois. Originally called the First Regiment Illinois Volunteers (Colored), the unit designation changed to the 29th USCT when it mustered into federal service on April 24, 1864 in Quincy, Ill.

The 29th USCT Soldiers saw their first action during the Siege of Petersburg at the Battle of the Crater in July 1864. They also fought at the Battle of Globe Tavern (August 1864), the Battle of Poplar Grove Church (September 1864), the Battle of Boydton Plank Road (October 1864), and ended the war on the Appomattox Campaign (March-April 1865). The 29th lost three officers and 43 enlisted men killed in action and 188 enlisted men to disease.

The 29th USCT was one of 175 United States Colored Troop regiments. By the end of the war, African American Soldiers numbered nearly 179,000 and constituted 10 percent of the Union Army.

Other displays show equipment and personal items from the 8th Illinois Infantry was renamed the 370th Infantry for service in France during World War I. The 8th Illinois was an all-black unit whose history dates from 1878 and whose units ranged from Chicago to Metropolis, including companies in Springfield, Peoria, Quincy and Danville.

The displays feature 370th uniforms, collar brass showing the unit of assignment, and weapons a 370th Soldier would have used.

"These displays of ordinary items that average Soldiers used and wore can really help you feel a connection to them across the years," Lear said.

These temporary displays will be open through Feb. 28. In addition, the main exhibit gallery on the museum's second floor contains permanent displays that offer more information about the 8th Illinois' service in the Spanish-American War and World War II and the 8th Illinois descendent, the 178th Infantry Regiment.

Located two blocks north of the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and North Grand Ave., the Illinois State Military Museum tells the story of the contributions of the Illinois National Guard to the state and the nation from 1723 to the 21st Century. The museum is open 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission and parking are free. For more information call (217) 761-3910.

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MVQG: ENCORE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:47

Davenport, Iowa (January 29, 2014) – For the second year in a row, the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild (MVQG) is partnering with the Figge Art Museum for an exhibition of quilts that will be on display in the lobby. MVQG: Encore will begin Tuesday, February 4 and run through Sunday, February 9.

The exhibition features a selection of quilts by MVQG members and showcases the talent and remarkable skills of these area quilters. Last year’s show was held in conjunction with Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum. This year it will be the only quilt-themed exhibition on view.

“It’s a win, win,” according to Director of Education Melissa Mohr. “The Figge experienced an increase in attendance during last year’s MVQG show, which demonstrates how much this community supports quilting as an art form, and we’re glad we can continue to celebrate area talent in this way. Doing this exhibition every year in the Lobby is a good way for us to stay connected with the quilting community, especially during years when we don’t have a large quilt exhibition on display.”

In conjunction with MVQG: Encore, the Figge will conduct a “People’s Choice” competition, in which visitors are welcome to vote for their favorite quilt. Voting will occur onsite until 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 6. The winner will be announced that evening before an Art-Quilting Talk scheduled for 7 p.m. A quilt raffle will also be taking place throughout the week and quilt appraisals will be available by appointment only from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, February 6.

The exhibition is free with paid admission or membership and free after 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 6.

Companion Programming:

Thursday, February 6
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Quilt Appraisals (appointment required)*

Janette Dwyer, professional quilt appraiser and lecturer, will be available all day Thursday to perform quilt appraisals in the Dining Room. Contact Heather at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 563.345.6630 to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, February 6
7 p.m. Art-Quilting Talk
Art quilters Rosalie Baker and Colleen Curry will present two stylistic perspectives on art-quilting in the Auditorium. Curry will focus on new quilting techniques, while Baker will demonstrate the process she uses when creating her award-winning pictorial quilts. Both speakers are members of Professional Art Quilt Alliance (PAQA).

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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Coming Soon to the Putnam PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:06
COMING SOON


7th Annual
Battle of the Bridges

January 31 & February 1

Click here for more details

 

Help us make the
STEM Learning Center a REALITY!


Opening February 7
Titans of the
Ice Age 3D
 

FREE Events:
2014 Winter Olympics
February 7, 11, 17, 20, and 23
Concessions will be open with wine and other adult beverages available for purchase.



BITTERSWEET HARVEST
Opening February 15
Putnam Museum
1717 W 12th St
Davenport, Iowa 52804
563-324-1933

 
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Offers Snowshoe Walks in February PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 08:39

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— A park ranger will lead snowshoe hikes through Herbert Hoover National Historic Site at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, February 8 and 22. The one-hour “Snowshoe Through the Park” is suitable for ages 5 and up, will begin at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and will cover less than one mile through the tallgrass prairie. Participants must have sturdy boots, and should dress appropriately for the weather and bring water.


The park has some snowshoes to lend. Call (319) 643-2541 to reserve a pair. Participants borrowing snowshoes should arrive 15 minutes early to get fitted.


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


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Glass Landscapes, Dora the Explorer, CSI, and Science Center Usher in an Exciting Exhibition Season at Quad Cities’ Museums PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Monday, 27 January 2014 15:12

Quad Cities:  Adults and children alike will be entertained with the exciting exhibition schedule at three Quad Cities’ area museums.  Glass artists have created beautiful landscapes and playful creations to see.  Glass spheres and weather balloons reveal interesting worlds.  Children can build amazing inventions, take fun-filled adventures with Dora and Diego, and engage in new environments focusing on engineering, technology and science.

The Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, takes you into the beautiful world of glass blowing and glass sculpture with three exhibits including: Kids Design GlassKatja Loher: Videoplanet - Orchestra; and Roman Glass Works.

Kids Design Glass began as an education program at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.  Master Glass artists from the museum’s HotShop selected drawings of mythical monsters by children in local schools and, with the children’s help, transformed the drawings into glass sculptures that combine youthful imagination with the pristine beauty of art glass.  This traveling exhibition features 52 glass sculptures, along with the original drawings that inspired them.  The exhibition runs through May 4, 2014.

Katja Loher: Videoplanet – Orchestra features Swiss video artist Katja Loher as she combines performance art, music and dance to create a dynamic installation that questions the balance between humans, nature and technology.  Instead of using the conventional monitor or wall projection, she projects her videos onto the surfaces of weather balloons hanging from the gallery space and from within glass bubbles mounted on the walls. 

Visitors enter a darkened gallery space to experience a magical universe. Filmed from a high vantage point, these videos offer visitors a chance to peer into a series of mini or micro-worlds in which costumed dancers form letters that compose words and sentences to post simple, though-provoking questions.  In other sequences, dancers take the shape of floral arrangements or recreate the inner workings of a timepiece.

Each tiny “universe” in the exhibition provides an elaborate commentary on big issues.  Her video – Why Did the Bees Leave? – metaphorically details the intricate relationship between man and nature by using the Colony Collapse Disorder that has killed millions of bees across the country.  Using live actors, Loher creates a tiny world of man-bees that has been videotaped and projected onto a glass sphere.  The entire installation will offer viewers an unforgettable experience of a world of microcosms and macrocosms that rival the works of the great 17thcentury painter, Hieronymous Bosch.  The exhibition will be on view through May 4.

Step into a glass floor-to-ceiling landscape and be enchanted.  Landscape: Ingalena Klenell and Beth Lipman, on loan to the Figge Art Museum from the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, amazes visitors as a curtain of sculpted and fused clear glass forms a beautiful landscape that was originally the centerpiece of a three-part installation entitled Glimmering Gone.

Landscape is a collaboration between Ingalena Klenell of Sweden and Beth Lipman of Wisconsin. The two artists were inspired by Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943), a painter from Tacoma, who painted grand American landscapes in the tradition of Albert Bierstadt.  Landscape seeks to recreate the sense of wonder found in Hill’s paintings. Using transparent glass for their installation, Lipman and Klenell emphasize the romanticism inherent in 19th century landscapes, as well as the fragility of nature as we understand it today. Their use of glass as a “painting” material bears comparison to the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, while the misty landscape can resemble a Chinese brush painting or a Midwestern scene on a winter day.  The exhibition runs from February 15 through May 24.

Step back in time to ancient Rome and explore the art of ancient Roman glassblowing through vessels from the collections of Augustana College and the Putnam Museum during Roman Glass Works.  Western Illinois University students from the Museum Studies Graduate Program contributed to layout, educational, and interactive components of this exhibition which creates a context that connects the history of glassmaking from ancient Mesopotamia to the present day.  The exhibition complements and ties together the other glass exhibits at the Figge Art Museum and highlights beautiful works from ancient Rome.  The exhibit runs from February 22 through May 20.

The Figge Art Museum is located at 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA. For more information visit their website www.figgeartmuseum.org or call 563-326-7804. 

   

Both adults and children will be inspired and entertained by the exhibits at the Figge Art Museum, but be sure to also stop at the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa.  The museum features all new permanent exhibits and the traveling exhibit Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore.  

   

Enter the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer, her animal-rescuing cousin Diego and their friends Boots and Baby Jaguar at the museum’s upcoming exhibit, Nickelodeon's Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! Visitors can explore Isa’s Flowery Garden, help Tico gather nuts, set sail with the Pirate Piggies’ crew, and search for baby animals in the Rainforest Maze.  Also journey to the Purple Planet via a rocket ship, and learn how to care for baby animals in the Animal Rescue Center.  The 3,000 square feet exhibit is perfect for preschool children 2 to 5 years of age.  The exhibit is scheduled to open May 24 and ends August 31.  

   

The ThinkShop is a new, permanent exhibit at the Family Museum where families and children use real tools in a supervised setting to build one-of-a-kind inventions in a highly-interactive, hands-on space.  Through the use of real building materials and recycled components, kids can bring ideas to life.   

The ThinkShop is part of a multi-million dollar rebuild of the museum’s permanent exhibit halls that includes the new Lil’Ssippi River Valley indoor waterplay area and Fox Hollow Town Square and Farm Fox Hollow

The Family Museum is located at 2900 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, IA.  For more information visit www.familymuseum.org or call 563-344-4106.

2014 is also a great time to visit the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa, where fun and learning can be had for all ages!  Don’t miss CSI: The Experience available March 1 through July 6 at the Putnam Museum. This traveling exhibit immerses guests in hands-on science while leading them through the challenge of solving a crime. The exhibit brings to life fundamental scientific principles, numerous scientific disciplines, and the most advanced technology and techniques used today by crime scene investigators and forensic scientists. Through hands-on activities with real equipment, as well as multi-media presentations, guests will sample the following science fields and understand their role in cracking crimes: DNA, Toxicology, Forensic anthropology, entomology, pathology, Forensic art, Firearm and Toolmark identification, Latent prints, and Blood Spatter analysis. CSI: The Experience is an immersive, interactive forensic science exhibit based on the hit TV series that invites people to use real science to solve hypothetical crimes in an exciting multi-media environment featuring guidance from the CBS show’s characters.

On display February 15 through May 18, Bittersweet Harvest, a bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibition on loan from the Smithsonian, explores the little-known story of the Bracero program; the largest guest worker program in U.S history. Between 1942 and 1964, millions of Mexican men were invited to the U.S. on short-term labor contracts. This exhibition is organized into three main sections that explore the Braceros’ motivations and expectations for the journey north, the work they did, and the effects the Bracero program had on family and communities in Mexico and the U.S. “Bittersweet Harvest” features the work of famed photojournalist Leonard Nadel as well as oral histories collected by the Bracero Oral History Project.

Other big news at the Putnam Museum is the new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Science Center, l opening  April 12, 2014. Plans are well underway to re-purpose one-third of the museum into an active and engaging environment focusing on engineering, technology and the sciences.  The new exhibit will include more than 45 hands-on experiences for all ages such as the Pull-Yourself-Up Pulley, specially designed robots that interact with visitors, a FAB Lab with 3D Printers and real-time connection to FAB Labs around the globe; Laser Fog and much more.  Local businesses, such as Genesis Systems Group, LLC; Cobham; Shive-Hattery and Deere & Company are working with the Putnam Museum to develop one-of-a-kind visitor experiences that cannot be found at any other museum or science center. 

Beyond exhibits, the Putnam Museum offers a wealth of exciting movies at the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater that include: Rocky Mountain Express 3D through February 6;Jerusalem 3D through March 20; Titans of the Ice Age 3D February 7 – July 31; Mysteries of the Unseen World April 12 – August 31; Earth Wins March 21 – May 22.

The Putnam Museum is located at 1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport, IA.  For more information, please visit www.putnam.org or call 563-324-1933.

For information on the Quad Cities area, call the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at800-747-7800 or visit their website at www.visitquadcities.com. The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa; and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.  The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.

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