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Bus Trip to Mucha Exhibit at Czech & Slovak Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Monday, 02 July 2012 12:28
Czech and Slovack Museum and Library
Cedar Rapids, IA

Saturday August 25, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT



The German American Heritage Center is hosting a bus trip to see the exciting new exhibit Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids!


Join us on August 25th to see this once in a lifetime exhibit. We will also have the opportunity to see the newly renovated and restored museum with its collection of embellished textiles in the exhibit It All Comes Out in the Wash. Afterwards, we will visit 5 Turner Alley, home and studio of Grant Wood from 1924-35 and have lunch in the historic Czech Village/New Bohemia!

$50 for Members and $60 for Non-members. Price does not include lunch.


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Kelly Lao
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Brothers Grimm exhibit at GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:04
Davenport, IA- Come spend a delightful hour in the library of one of the world’s most famous storytellers! Wilhelm Grimm tells the classic fairy tales woven with traditional folk tunes sung in Deutsch and spiced with details from the enchanting life of this prolific author.

The German American Heritage Center will host Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis of Peoria as he portrays Wilhelm Grimm for the Grand opening of the 200 Years of the Brothers Grimm exhibit on Saturday July 7th. Ellis, as Grimm, will tell the famous tales to children at the Center beginning at 2 pm. Later that evening at 6:30, GAHC will feature: ‘Sweets and Stories’ an Ice Cream Social and Grimm Tales for Adults performed by Brian Ellis. These  performances are part of a series on storytelling for the 200th Anniversary of the first publication of Childrens’ and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm. These events are sponsored by USBank. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children. Free for members. Call 563-322-8844 or visit for more information!

Saving history one sheet at a time PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hawkeye Caucus   
Friday, 29 June 2012 10:26

Preserving fragile historic documents requires control of a range of environmental variables, including temperature, humidity, and light.  But what about the surface on which the priceless papers rest?

The United States government has turned to the University of Iowa Center for the Book for the answer.  The center is a unique program that combines training in the technique and artistry of bookmaking with research into the history and culture of books.

In 1999, the National Archives commissioned the Center for the Book’s Timothy Barrett and his UI papermaking facility to fabricate soft, unbleached, acid-free paper on which to lay the parchment originals of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.  The facility worked for months to create cotton paper in which every fiber was perfect.

This year, the Archives again turned to Barrett and the Center for the Book to provide a friendly base for a 700-year-old copy of the Magna Carta during public display in the nation’s capitol.  The document, which went on display in February, is one of just four surviving originals and the only one in the United States.


Papermaker Timothy Barrett, the Center for the Book’s 2009 MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner, was recently profiled in the New York Times Magazine.


Tim Barrett: “Sometimes I worry about what a weird thing it is to be preoccupied with paper when there’s so much trouble in the world, but then I think of how our whole culture is knitted together by paper, and it makes a kind of sense.”

Governor Branstad, Members of Congress, and State leaders release statements on University of Iowa Hancher Voxman Clapp and Art Building East Facilities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Governor's Office   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:36

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad, Members of Congress, Board of Regents President Craig Lang, and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Administrator Mark Schouten today released the below statements upon learning of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommendations to reverse previous Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) replacement decisions for the University of Iowa’s Hancher Voxman Clapp and Art Building East facilities.  As outlined in the agency’s initial response to the report, FEMA disagrees with the Office of Inspector General recommendations.

Governor Branstad and President Lang issued the following joint statement:  “The State of Iowa, the Board of Regents, and the University of Iowa remain committed to expediting a full recovery from the devastating flooding that occurred in the summer of 2008.  We are frustrated that different interpretations of internal FEMA policies are having real and negative impacts on the University of Iowa’s recovery.  Although the waters have long receded, the impact of the flood continues to hinder University students. A cultural void persists that has impacted tens of thousands of Iowans. We believe the Federal government should be held accountable for flood recovery progress, especially as we mark the four-year anniversary of the historic flooding event. Project delays due to differing interpretations of Federal policy four years after the flood are unacceptable, unwelcomed and counterproductive.”

Governor Branstad and President Lang continued:  “To prevent further recovery delays, we hope that FEMA’s national leadership responds to the OIG report in a matter of weeks, not months. We are now more than four years after this disaster and the University of Iowa, its students, the Iowa City community and the State cannot afford to put its recovery on hold.  We expect FEMA to do the right thing and reaffirm its previous decisions to replace these buildings.”

Mark Schouten, Administrator of the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, stated the following: “An important element of an efficient recovery process is clear and consistent application of Federal policies. FEMA officials have repeatedly affirmed their decisions to replace the Hancher Voxman Clapp and Art Building East facilities and the University has relied upon FEMA’s decisions since the first analysis was completed in December 2008. In addition, minimizing future flooding costs by effective floodplain management is a sound long-term risk management approach that protects precious taxpayer dollars. If FEMA is going to change the interpretation of its policy, it should be a prospective change, not a retroactive change that penalizes the University financially for previous FEMA decisions and guidance. Flood recovery is difficult enough and retroactive measures would insert unnecessary uncertainty into the recovery process for communities across the country. The State and University of Iowa look forward to working with FEMA to resolve this outstanding issue expeditiously as the University and the State do not have the financial resources to shoulder the replacement of these facilities on their own.  FEMA has the opportunity to officially respond to the OIG recommendations, and we will work with FEMA to add our perspective to the policy debate.”

Senator Chuck Grassley stated the following:  "The effort by local and state leaders in Iowa to recover from the floods of 2008 has been extraordinary.  The circumstances merited the kind of federal assistance that has been given to disasters in other parts of the country where natural disasters have also caused such tremendous damage.  I've urged Administrator Fugate to give fair treatment to Iowa.  The inspector general has issues with the way FEMA has utilized its discretion on these projects.  The University of Iowa should not be penalized since it has followed FEMA's instructions."

Senator Tom Harkin stated the following:  “The inspector General’s report is not about law or regulation, but about a policy dispute that should not result in a withdrawal of committed FEMA funds.  Should the IG prevail in this dispute, it would be wrong as a matter of policy and would require the University to repay significant already spent funds,” said Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA).  “In addition, the Inspector General’s view is not likely to save taxpayers the dollars claimed because FEMA will have to pay 90 percent of the actual costs of repairing the buildings.  If the decision to build outside the flood plain is changed and the buildings are repaired instead, such repairs could well cost far more than what is now projected.  Spending tens of millions of dollars to repair damaged buildings that may well flood again is neither in the interests of the University nor those of taxpayers.

Senator Harkin continued:  “I have spoken to Administrator Fugate about these issues and I will continue to request that he disagree with the Inspector General on the University of Iowa funds.”

Representative Dave Loebsack (IA-02) said:  “Simply put, it’s inexcusable that students, our community, and Eastern Iowa jobs are caught in the middle of a bureaucratic argument over policy interpretation by people in Washington D.C. It’s unfathomable that almost two years after this project was approved, recovery funds could be taken back which is why I have already secured a commitment on the floor of Congress from the Chairman of Homeland Security Appropriations to work with us to ensure Iowa’s recovery and economy moves forward and that Iowa communities don’t pay the price for a bureaucratic disagreement.  Iowans shouldn’t have the rug pulled out from us after the federal government already committed to partnering with us to recover and rebuild from the devastating Floods of 2008.”

Representative Tom Latham (IA-04) stated the following:  "It's unfortunate that the Federal government appears to be sending mixed signals, wrapped up in the finest red tape Washington has available. As always, I stand ready to work with local and state leaders and with my colleagues in Congress to make sure all appropriate federal resources are made available to recover fully from natural disasters such as the flooding of 2008."

Representative Leonard Boswell (IA-03) stated the following:  "I am deeply disappointed by this sudden reversal from the Department of Homeland Security. It has been four long years and these buildings need to be replaced as soon as possible as this is hurting the recovery of the University. I urge them to do the right thing and reaffirm FEMA's original decision."

Representative Steve King (IA-05) said:  "It's disappointing that four years after flood waters ravaged the University of Iowa, the rules for rebuilding what was damaged may change. The University has already made significant investments in the recovery process in keeping with the guidance they've been given by FEMA. Injecting uncertainty into this process this late in the game will only serve to draw this four year effort out even further. I'm committed to working with the University, the state, and my colleagues in the delegation to ensure that the appropriate federal resources make their way to the University as soon as possible."

Representative Bruce Braley (IA-01) said: “Sadly, this isn’t the first time that confusion over FEMA policies have jeopardized Iowa’s recovery from the 2008 floods.  Retroactively penalizing the University of Iowa for internal policy disputes is simply unfair and unacceptable.  I’m committed to working with Governor Branstad and Iowa’s Congressional delegation to protect recovery funds that have been committed to Iowa and keep FEMA from reneging on their promises.”

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Figge Art Museum Opens Doors as Cooling Center Today and Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:20

Davenport, IOWA (June 2012) In an effort to assist Davenport residents coping with the high temperatures, the Figge Art Museum will be opening its doors to area residents as a cooling center starting today through Friday at no charge. The Figge Art Museum is located at 225 West Second Street and museum hours are 10 am until 9 pm today and 10 am until 5 pm Friday.

Visitors to the museum can view two special exhibitions, in addition to the museum’s permanent collection.  Now on view are the exhibitions Waxing Poetic: Exploring Expression in Art, featuring poetry and works from the permanent collection, and David Plowden's Iowa, a photography exhibition highlighting scenes from across Iowa. The permanent collection includes works by Grant Wood, Frank Lloyd Wright and John Bloom.

On Thursday at 7pm, Bruce Carter, Leslie Bell, Erin Marie Bertram, Ryan Collins, and David Murray will lead the panel discussion “Poetic Words/Artistic Images”.  This discussion about artistic inspiration and expression is offered in conjunction with the Figge’s weekly series “Thursdays at the Figge”.

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 9pm. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit our website,


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