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Niabi Zoo Announces Party for the Planet Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 08:56
Coal Valley, IL – April 17, 2012 – Niabi Zoo announced today that it will be holding its annual Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet, on Sunday, April 22. The event, which will be held from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Zoo, will feature a variety of activities and information to help both kids and adults alike learn how they can make every day Earth Day.

New this year is the Rhythm of Conservation Sweepstakes, sponsored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and K12. Families who are passionate about education and interested in learning more about wildlife conservation can find information at Party for the Planet about how to enter to win amazing prizes, such as a trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and a NOOK Tablet™.

Niabi Zoo will be unveiling its new “Hands Up for Conservation” program, which will allow parents to help their children make a lasting impression at Niabi Zoo while supporting global conservation efforts. This new limited-time program allows parents to purchase a wooden tile that will be decorated with their child’s handprint, and will be permanently installed in a display at Niabi Zoo. Proceeds will support Niabi Zoo’s conservation programs around the world. Additionally, Niabi Zoo will be launching its electronics recycling  program, which will allow zoo visitors to bring in old and unwanted electronic devices to have them properly disposed of in an environmentally safe way. Proceeds from the donated electronics go toward supporting gorilla conservation in the wild.

Niabi Zoo will be open from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Regular admission rates will apply.


Illinois Military Museum to Highlight Three Illinois Women During Civil War PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:51

SPRINGFIELD, IL (04/16/2012)(readMedia)-- Author and historian Betty Carlson Kay will portray three women who significantly contributed to the Union efforts during the Civil War at the Illinois State Military Museum April 21. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Illinois State Military Museum at 217-761-3910.


Betty Carlson Kay, the Illinois State Military Museum and the Illinois National Guard & Militia Historical Society


Three Illinois Women During the Civil War: Author and historian Betty Carlson Kay will portray Jennie Hodgers, Mother Bickerdyke and Julia Dent Grant during a 40 minute presentation, which is free and open to the public. The event is being hosted the Illinois State Military Museum and sponsored by the Illinois National Guard & Militia Historical Society

WHEN: Saturday April 21, 2012 at 02:00PM Central Time (US & Canada)

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


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Brucemore’s Nooks and Crannies Tou PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:21

Learn the history of Cedar Rapids’ most well-known, evocative, and imagination-capturing residence, as if the walls themselves can tell their story. Explore every room in the mansion during the Nooks and Crannies Tour, Brucemore’s most popular specialty tour, Tuesday through Friday, May 15 through 18 at 6:00 p.m.

This 90-minute tour is guided by Brucemore staff who open the doors to the Skinner pipe organ room, point out architectural marvels and oddities in the attic, and bring the Tahitian Room to life with rain dripping off the tin ceiling. Visitors have the opportunity to roam each floor, peek behind all doors, and satisfy their curiosity through the expanded access to the mansion and the extremely knowledgeable Brucemore staff. Not only will the quirky and curious aspects of the mansion be revealed, but also the superior craftsmanship and ongoing preservation projects of this historic structure.


“Discover America’s Hidden Gems is this year’s theme for Preservation Month,” said April Kamp-Whittaker, Director of Learning and Museum Projects. “Artistry, architecture, craftsmanship, preservation, conservation, and sustainability are at the heart of the Nooks and Crannies Tour, giving participants the first-hand opportunity to see how Brucemore continues to be a national historic gem.”


Advance ticket purchase for the Nooks and Crannies Tour is required. Space is limited. Call (319) 362-7375 or visit the Brucemore Store. Admission is $15 per person and $12 for Brucemore members.  The tour is not recommended for children under 10 or individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.


Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 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



German American Heritage Center Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 12:52
The Mannerchor Penzlin 1907 E.V. will be performing for free at Marycrest Senior Campus's Upham Theater, located at 1607 W12th St in Davenport, on Monday April 16th at 7pm. The Mannerchor Penzlin 1907 E.V. is a men's choir from Northern Germany. Founded in 1907, the choir has existed for over 100 years, was active during the GDR and continued and extended its work after the unification of Germany. The choir has a diverse repertoire reaching from classical to modern arrangements, but its central aim is the preservation of German folk and Shanty (sailor songs). This April, 30 members of the choir will perform its multifarious repertoire throughout the Midwest. Christian Bomeier is the conductor. This event is sponsored by the Riverboat Development Authority and the Quad City German-American Clubs.

Grant Wood scrapbooks now online! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Mohr   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:29

The Figge Art Museum and the University of Iowa Libraries are pleased to announce the release of the Grant Wood Digital Collection ( in conjunction with the Grant Wood Biennial Symposium 2012, April 13-14, 2012.

This unique digital collection includes more than 12 scrapbooks and albums of news clippings, photographs, postcards, letters, and related ephemera assembled by Grant Wood’s sister Nan Wood Graham chronicling her brother’s professional life.

For the first time, scholars, students and the general public will have unprecedented virtual access to the scrapbook materials.  Due to their fragility, access to the actual scrapbooks is simply impossible.

“Nan Wood Graham is one of the most famous faces in the history of art, immortalized in Wood’s iconic painting American Gothic. The materials Graham compiled provide wonderful insight into Wood’s life in Iowa and his development as one of the most famous American artists of the 20th century,” said Andrew Wallace, Figge Art Museum. “It is gratifying to know that, through this digital collection, people around world are able to learn about the life and times of Grant Wood through the words of close friends, family, and fellow artists.”

This digital collection project would not have been possible without the generous assistance of the Henry Luce Foundation American Art Renewal Fund and through additional funding for imaging equipment provided by an anonymous donor.

These materials, along with several hundred artifacts, including the artist's wire-rimmed glasses, palettes, paint box, and easel, are part of the Figge Art Museum’s Grant Wood Archive. The Archive has provided primary source material for numerous articles, catalogues, and monographs for over 40 years, most recently by R. Tripp Evans for his award-winning 2010 biography "Grant Wood - A Life."

The collection is the latest edition in the Iowa Digital Library, which features nearly a half million digital objects created from the holdings of The University of Iowa Libraries and its partners. Included are illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, fine art, political cartoons, scholarly works, and more. Digital collections are coordinated by Digital Research & Publishing.

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport, Iowa  at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, Sundays 12-5 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. - 9p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit our website,



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