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NEH Chairman James Leach Presentation Available on GAHC Website PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janet Brown-Lowe   
Monday, 02 July 2012 12:44
"Civility With a German Immigrant Accent"

The German American Heritage Center is pleased to announce that Chairman Jim Leach of the National Endowment for the Humanities has provided a copy of his public remarks on June 16 to the community.  We are happy to share them with our members and friends, and thank all of you who inquired if they could be made available.  We are honored that Chairman Leach has fulfilled this request.  You can view his talk here...



Janet Brown-Lowe, Executive Director

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.”

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