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GAHC Volunteers Needed! Can You Help? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by German American Heritage Center   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:33
Dear Friends of GAHC,

The German American Heritage Center is in serious need of the following volunteer positions:



1) Desk help:   Admissions / Gift Shop


Several of our loyal volunteers have been sidelined recently by illness or other misfortunes, and our monthly calendar has too many holes. If you have been thinking about volunteering, this is a wonderful time to step up and lend a hand - training is provided. If you have not volunteered in a while but are willing to accept a shift, please notify us and we can find a spot that works for you!  Please help!!


2) Special Event:   Budget Bridal Fair Sunday, Sept 16th  12:00 - 3:00


The Bridal Fair will require our staff to be busy on 4th floor promoting that space for wedding and related events, and overseeing approximately 15 other vendors also involved. We will need 4 - 5 extra volunteers that day to monitor the exhibit areas. An extra hand would be helpful in the Gift Shop as well, since many attendees might be tempted to look around! This is a new event, and with your extra assistance we know it will be a successful one for all! The goal for GAHC is to show off our lovely 4th floor program room and encourage future rentals. Be sure to catch the promotion of this event on Paula Sands Live! on Tuesday, September 11th!


3) A peek around the time! Make your presence your present!


The Christmas and winter holiday season will be here before we know it! Please consider giving GAHC one of the most precious gifts around - your time! We are always in need of desk help during November and December, especially on the weekends!


Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to hearing from you!



GAHC Staff

Fall Frolic Member Dinner! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:29

We want to remind you to RSVP to our fall fundraising dinner at the Outing Club on Tuesday, Sept. 18th at 5:30 pm!
Our annual dinner will feature a buffet of German food with a cash bar. Dress is casual and tickets are $40 per person! Call or stop into GAHC to pay by credit card or send your check to 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA.

Can't join us? Please consider a donation as this event replaces our Winter Gala.

This year we will be honoring our Life Members!

Please call 563-322-8844 today to reserve your spot at this very special meal. We hope that you will join us in celebrating another great year at the German American Heritage Center!
Kelly Lao
German American Heritage Center

Inspired by the Past - September 9 - October 7, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 14:54

Muscatine Art Center Announces Opening of New Exhibit

The Muscatine Art Center will open the new exhibit Inspired by the Past on Sunday, September 9 with a reception hosted by Friends of the Muscatine Art Center from 1 to 5PM. The exhibit will continue through October 7, 2012.

Inspired by the Past includes the sculpture, paintings photographs,  drawings and assemblages of six area artists who based their work on that of Muscatine photographer, Oscar Grossheim. The participating artists: John Deason, Randy Elder, Charles Knudsen, Tony Ledtje, Randy Richmond, and Dan Rohde, chose four to six original Grossheim images that inspired them and used those images as a springboard to their own artistic interpretations.

Oscar Grossheim was born in Muscatine in 1862, the son of Theodore & Bertha Kirschbein Grossheim.

Grossheim’s career as a photographer began when he was only 15 and continued until the late 1930s. Grossheim’s work included much more than portrait photography.  He also left a legacy of over 50,000 images of life as it unfolded in Muscatine during a historically significant time.

The concept of the exhibition is to ask artists and the public to reflect on their past and, as a community, on our collective past, and how the process of self-reflection might lead to a heightened awareness as we map our future course.

Curator Tours at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Diana Baculis   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:24

(Cedar Rapids, IA) Several curator tours will be given this fall at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) of two popular exhibitions.

On Saturday, Sept. 1, take a curator-guided tour of the exhibition, It All Comes Out in the Wash featuring damaged and delicate kroje (folk costumes) recovered and restored after the Flood of 2008. Curator Stefanie Kohn will describe the emergency preparations made before the water rose to record levels. She will show how museum and library staff, volunteers and the Chicago Conservation Center salvaged the embellished textiles from the devastation and returned them to their original brilliance.

Tour repeats Thursday, Oct. 11; Saturday, Nov. 3 and Thursday, Dec. 6. All tours begin at 2 p.m. inside the Petrik Gallery at the NCSML. Fee is included with paid admission to the gallery and is free for members of the museum and library.

Another tour with Curator Kohn will be on Thursday, Sept. 6, featuring the exhibit Alphonse Mucha: Inspiration of Art Nouveau. During this tour, Kohn will discuss the unique aspects of Mucha’s flowing elegant artwork, his life and why Art Nouveau soared to popularity across Europe and the United States. See the 230-piece blockbuster exhibition of paintings, lithographs, photographs, sketches and jewelry, straight from Prague and London.

Tour repeats Saturday, Oct. 20; Thursday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 1. All tours begin at 2 p.m. inside the Jiruska Gallery at the NCSML. Fee is included with paid admission to the gallery and is free for members of the museum and library.

For more information, visit, call (319) 362-8500 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is located at 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.



Herbert Hoover NHS News: September 29 is National Public Lands Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prado   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:47
Saturday, September 29 is National Public Lands Day

WEST BRANCH, IOWA- On Saturday, September 29, 2012, volunteers across the United States will help restore the beauty and vitality of our public lands as part of the 19th annual National Public Lands Day. More than 170,000 volunteers are expected at more than 2,000 sites in communities and parks around the nation.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will enlist local volunteers and volunteer organizations to help reconstruct the 81-acre native tallgrass prairie: a great opportunity to work hands-on with our natural resources. Volunteers will cut and haul shrubs and invasive weeds from the grassland.

If you would like to help, contact Adam Prato at (319) 643-2541. Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m. for an orientation and to get signed up. Work in the prairie will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable work clothes. Water, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, and hats are recommended. Long pants and closed-toe footwear are required.

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. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space. For more information go online at 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

Twitter: @HooverNPS

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