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Free Brucemore Mansion Tours During Iowa Museum Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:01

Participate in Iowa Museum Week—June 10 through 15—by enjoying a free tour of Brucemore. Follow a guide on a tour of the 21-room mansion and investigate the art, furnishings, technology, architecture, surrounding landscape, and stories preserved at Brucemore. Tours will be offered every thirty minutes Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 3:00 p.m. The last tour will begin at 3:00 p.m.  Free tours during Iowa Museum Week are sponsored by Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust.

Three families owned the Brucemore estate between 1884 and 1981—the Sinclairs, the Douglases, and the Halls. They were business and community leaders during a century of evolution in the Midwest. Caroline Sinclair, widow of pioneer industrialist, T.M. Sinclair, and mother of six, hired architects Josselyn and Taylor to build the mansion for $55,000 in 1884. In 1906, George Bruce Douglas, of the Quaker Oats and Douglas and Company fortunes, acquired the home with his wife Irene, transforming the property into a country estate they named Brucemore. In 1937, their daughter, Margaret, inherited Brucemore with her husband, Howard Hall, founder of Iowa Manufacturing and Iowa Steel and Ironworks. The Halls added flair to the estate with famous guests, including Presidents Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman and their exotic pet lion. The Queen Anne architecture, 1925 Grant Wood Porch, 1929 Skinner pipe organ, and 1930s Grizzly Bar and Tahitian Room reflect the vibrant history of remarkable people.  The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape our understanding of modern Cedar Rapids, eastern Iowa, and the American Midwest.

Iowa Museum Week annually raises awareness of the significant contributions made to Iowa communities by their museums in relation to quality of life, economic life, tourism, and education.  In his proclamation of Iowa Museum Week in April, Governor Branstad recognized the importance of Iowa’s museums, stating that Iowa Museum Week will celebrate the crucial role of Iowa’s museums in preserving the historical fabric and memory of Iowa through preservation of artifacts and archives; in providing educational resources and programs which expand learning opportunities for all ages; in contributing to a vibrant community and state economy through job creation, purchase of goods and services, and by attracting tourism revenue to the community and state; and in their significant role in enhancing community quality of life. For more information on Iowa museums, please visit or contact Cynthia Sweet of the Iowa Museum Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


About Brucemore

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


Notice of Annual Meeting Wednesday, May 7th 5pm PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:33

German American Heritage Center members are invited to join us for our 2014 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 7th at 5pm in our 4th floor meeting room. Organizational information will be presented as well as the voting in of new Board of Directors members.

Please support our efforts and come participate in this process!

Your membership entitles you to attend Annual Meetings. If you are not a member, join by visiting:

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre at the Muscatine Art Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:22



“Stories and Cuentos”, a puppet show presented in both English and Spanish by Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, will offered for FREE on Thursday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Muscatine Art Center. The public is encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs as the performance will be held in the E. Bradford Burns Performing Arts Park (just west of the Musser House on Mulberry). In case of rain, the performance will be moved to Central Auditorium.

Developed and performed by Monica Leo and Mexican puppeteer Eli Portugal, co-founder of Mojiganga Arte Escenico, this performance includes two classic Mexican animal tales. “The Rabbit in the Moon”, a well-known myth, gives a whimsical explanation for the shadows we see in the moon, while delighting audiences with the age old battle of wits between rabbit and coyote. “The Musical Ant”, a less known tale, follows Hormiguita (little ant) as he learns to play the piano and brings peace to his ant colony through music. The production uses hand puppets, rod puppets, masked characters, and music.

Monica Leo has been creating and performing as founder and principal puppeteer of Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre since 1975. Eulenspiegel has toured in 28 states and four other countries and is a former winner of the Iowa Arts Award. Eli Portugal of Jalapa, Mexico, studied music, theatre, and dance at the University of Veracruz in Mexico. In addition to her performance and design skills, she has extensive experience teaching workshops to children as well as to teachers.

Reservations are not required to attend the puppet performance.


Niabi Zoo Announces Earth Day Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:48
Coal Valley, IL – April 24, 2014 – Niabi Zoo announced today that it will be holding its annual Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 27. The event, which will be held from 12:00 PM 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.

Niabi Zoo’s Earth Day Celebration will feature a variety of themed games for kids and adults alike, which will teach Zoo guests about conservation and making environmentally responsible choices while still being fun and engaging. “Major components of Niabi Zoo’s mission are conservation leadership and engaging educational experiences,” said zoo director Marc Heinzman. “Niabi Zoo’s Earth Day Celebration provides a fun and engaging experience for the community to learn how they can help protect this amazing world.” Several other organizations will be part of the Earth Day Celebration, including the Quad City Audubon Society and the Master Gardener/Naturalists.

Niabi Zoo will be open from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Regular admission rates will apply.

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Loebsack Announces Start of Online Voting for 2014 Congressional Art Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 08:54

To vote, visit: 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that online voting to select the 2014 People’s Choice Award to represent Iowa’s Second Congressional District in the Congressional Art Contest has now begun. The piece that receives the most votes will be named this year’s winner and will be displayed in the tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol for one year. The winning student and guardian will also each receive a free flight to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception held in their honor. This year, Loebsack’s office received a record 167 entries from 13 different high schools in 10 counties.

For the first time, to open the process to as many students and Iowans as possible, the winner will be chosen by the public. Voting is now open and closes on Friday, May 2nd at 5:00pm CDT. The winner will be notified and announced the week of May 5th.

Click HERE to vote. Scroll through to view the entries and then chose from the dropdown list at the bottom to select who you think is the best.


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