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Beer Exhibit at the GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:38
Davenport, IA- The German American Heritage Center is proud to announce the grand opening of its newest exhibit “Suds!” on the brewing history of Davenport and German brewing tradtions. The opening celebration will be held at GAHC on Sunday June 10th at 2pm with a presentation on Prohibition in Iowa by St. Ambrose University’s Father George McDaniel. Admission is $5 for Adults, $4 for Seniors, $3 for children 5-17, and free for members.

Our exhibit “Suds!” will feature the breweries that operated here and the taverns and saloons where settlers gathered for their favorite brands. The second largest private beer can collector in America lives in the Quad Cities (over 25,000 cans!) and is loaning us an impressive selection of historical cans to share with the community. Local brewery ephemera and historic images will take visitors through our local connections to the famous beverage!

A series of programs will feature our long and glorious local brewery legacy - the effect of Prohibition on the local brewery traditions – where the “State of Scott” defied both Iowa and federal authorities to keep brewing beer and to make it available to fans, the fame of Bucktown, where the beer flowed and the action followed, even a chemistry professor who can tell us why we like some types of beer better than others.

The exhibit runs through October 28th and is sponsored by Vanguard Distributing Corporation. Visit our website for more information on this event and other upcoming events. Call 563-322-8844 or visit us at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA.

It’s a 1912 Girl’s Life to be held at Brucemore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:36

Event to feature activities from 100 years ago

Brucemore and Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois will host “It’s a 1912 Girl’s Life” on Monday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brucemore, 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids.

Find out what it was like to be a girl living in the year Girl Scouts was established, while discovering more about the history of the Brucemore estate. In 1912, the Douglas family, including daughters Margaret, Ellen, and Barbara, called the mansion home. While they lived there, they tripled the property size and added a carriage house, guesthouse, servants’ duplex, greenhouse, bookbindery/squash court and playhouse. It became a wonderland for the Douglas children.

Bring lunch in a pail to eat on the Brucemore lawn, play 1912 games, create 1912 crafts, and explore the 26-acre estate.

Cost is $10 for registered Girl Scouts. The cost to join is $12. To register, visit

About Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois has 19,000 girl members and 4,500 adult members in 38 counties. To learn more, visit

About Brucemore

Brucemore is Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site. The 26-acre park-like estate in the heart of Cedar Rapids boasts a Queen Anne style mansion built between 1884 and 1886. Brucemore has been home to three prominent families who used the estate as a center for culture and the arts. The estate continues to be a hub for cultural, philanthropic, and educational activities. Each year thousands of visitors attend specialty tours, concerts, fine arts performances, children’s programs, holiday celebrations, preservation events, and garden workshops on the estate. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit

GAHC Gifts for Papa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:34

$30               Perfekt für Papa!                $30


Dear GAHC Members and Friends,

We have the perfect present for your Papa! With Father's Day just around the corner we offer you five terrific items in a gift bag with colorful tissue - just add a kiss and you're all set! All these items are German made or from German based companies:


Father's Day Special

Family Night Event at the Family Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sister Mary Ann Vogel   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:41
Humility of Mary Housing is hosting a family night of activities at the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Saturday, June 9, 5 – 8 pm. The traveling exhibit “Building Brainstorm” is the center of attraction for the evening. Children and adults, together, can explore what it is like to be an architect, designer and engineer in this imaginative exhibit. They can use the information from the exhibit and their own creative talents to plan a dream home or a dog house, build a skyscraper model, find the best arrangement of an apartment model’s rooms and furniture, construct a structure they can crawl through, and much more.

The cost is $5 per person, which includes admission to the Family Museum and its many other exhibits, food and entertainment. The funds raised at this event will help support the continued work of Humility of Mary Housing for single parent families in our community who have experienced homelessness. For more information please call 563-326-1330.

Additional information:

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is a transitional and permanent supportive housing program that provides single-parent families experiencing homelessness with opportunities for growth and development that could lead to self-sufficient living. Children in the program learn there is a different way to live, they grow in self-esteem, and some of these children have become the first in their family to complete high school and then go on to college. Parents get help building the foundation upon which they will build better futures for their families.

Herbert Hoover NHS News Release: Music on the Village Green Celebrates Humanitarianism and Public Service Month in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:59
WEST BRANCH, IOWA—Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, in cooperation with Main Street West Branch, invites visitors to celebrate Humanitarianism and Public Service Month in Iowa with a series of special musical events each Thursday night in June. The weekly performances feature artists Joe and Vicki Price (June 7th), James Kennedy and Friends (June 14th), Maintainers (June 21st) and The Beggarmen (June 28th). The concerts are free and begin at 7:00 p.m. at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa.

A statewide proclamation, to be signed on June 7 at the Governor’s office in Des Moines, will highlight the importance of humanitarian and public service work within communities. The proclamation will emphasize the humanitarian and public service accomplishments of two of Iowa’s most famous sons: President Herbert Hoover of West Branch and Dr. Norman Borlaug of Cresco. “The signed proclamation will be displayed during each of the Thursday evening events,” said Pete Swisher,  Superintendent of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, the national park which commemorates the life and accomplishments of the 31st President of the United States. “We hope it will inspire a new generation of Iowans towards public service work and humanitarian deeds.”

The outdoor concerts will take place at the gazebo on the Village Green at 110 Parkside Drive, the intersection of Parkside Drive and Main Street in historic downtown West Branch. The Village Green provides a classic small town setting in which to enjoy an evening of free entertainment. There is ample parking nearby, and people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or ground blankets. In the event of inclement weather the program will be moved to the Herbert Hoover Elementary School gymnasium at 148 North Oliphant Street in West Branch.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring so many artists with Iowa roots to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site,” said Swisher. “They will show those in attendance a great diversity of musical styles that connect directly to our landscape, communities, and cultures. We are very much looking forward to their performances.”

June 7, Joe and Vicki Price: A winner of multiple musical awards, Joe and Vicki’s music is flavored more to the juke joint end of the blues: a bit rough and tons of fun. Joe Price was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2002, The Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and was a finalist in the International Blues Challenge 2006. Joe has appeared on National Public Radio on the Michael Feldman show “What Do You Know” and the “Big Top Chautauqua” show, where he opened for Grammy nominated folk
singer Greg Brown.

June 14, James Kennedy and Friends: James Kennedy has been a force in “indie” music for many years, performing blues, jazz, world, and more. During that time, he and his groups have toured regionally, nationally, and internationally playing venues of all sizes. Their instrumental melodic style is strong and appeals to audiences across all age groups. The variety of styles includes jazz, blues, folk, ragtime, and contemporary - something for everyone's taste in music.

June 21, Maintainers: Playing its own brand of roots-rock-country-folk music and building a loyal following through its live shows, Maintainers entertain their audiences through the performance of both original compositions as well as known numbers.  This is all done through excellent instrumentation backed up with gritty vocal performances.

June 28, The Beggarmen: The Beggarmen are celebrating their eleventh year as one of the region’s best Irish music ensembles. Since their first performance at a small pub in Iowa, the band has gone on to headline at folk festivals and concert halls throughout the Midwest, greeting audiences with their unique style of Irish folk music.

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

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