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What's Happening at the Putnam Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:44

11 Days left to see this award winning exhibition - don't miss out!


Cub Scout Event

Tech Talk

January 24, 2014  -  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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7th Annual
Battle of the Bridges

January 31 & February 1

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Help us make the 
STEM Learning Center a REALITY!


Opening February 7
Titans of the
Ice Age 3D
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FREE Events:
2014 Winter Olympics
February 7, 11, 17, 20, and 23
Concessions will be open with wine and other adult beverages available for purchase.

Putnam Museum
1717 W 12th St
Davenport, Iowa 52804

Brucemore Hosts Civil War Sesquicentennial Concert PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Monday, 13 January 2014 14:58

Red Cedar Chamber Music Performs He’s Gone Away


Red Cedar Chamber Music presents He’s Gone Away at Brucemore on Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. Flutist Jan Boland, guitarist John Dowdall, tenor Jonathan Dyrland, narrator Michael Zahs, and actor Susie Streit commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a blend of nineteenth-century American music, readings from Iowa Civil War letters, and stories about Iowa’s role in our nation’s greatest conflict.  The poignant Appalachian ballad, He’s Gone Away, and letters between a Washington, Iowa soldier and his wife highlight the challenges faced by women left at home, while stories of Iowa nurses reveal contributions women made on the battlefield.  A champagne and dessert reception will be held during intermission.

Tickets are $35 per person or $30 per Brucemore member.  Space is limited; purchase tickets online at, by telephone at (319) 362-7375, or by visiting the Brucemore Store.

The He’s Gone Away concert provides a natural partnership between two local cultural organizations—nineteenth-century chamber music in a nineteenth-century parlor. As artists in residence at Brucemore in 1983, Jan Boland and John Dowdall began performing nineteenth-century music on period instruments—an 1830 wooden flute and an 1830 gut-strung guitar. Currently celebrating its seventeenth season, Red Cedar Chamber Music continually strives to reach, challenge, and expand audiences that rarely have the opportunity to attend chamber music performances. Red Cedar Chamber musicians inform and entertain audiences, engaging them with lively commentary about the music, composers, and instruments. Their first recording, Czech Chamber Music, received a Critics' Choice award from the American Record Guide, which stated, "Chamber music should be just like this—intimate, bonding, and conversational." For more information about Red Cedar Chamber Music or other performances, visit or call (319) 377-8028.

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


Muscatine Art Center presents “American Musical Organettes: The Early Years of Mechanical Music in the Home” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:41

The public is invited to join the Muscatine Art Center for the presentation, “American Musical Organettes: The Early Years of Mechanical Music in the Home”, by Muscatine collector Brian Walter. The 45 minute presentation will explore the use of musical organettes in the home from 1879 to 1920. The presentation is offered in conjunction with a temporary exhibition on Musical Organettes and will take place on Thursday, January 23rd at 5:15 PM in the Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room. Admission is FREE.

An organette was a mechanical accordion that was manufactured in the late 1800s by several companies, most notably the Autophone Company of Ithaca, New York. Music was recorded on rolls of perforated paper and turned over a track bar. Air was produced by hand- or foot- operated bellows, which would be pushed through the perforations corresponding to different notes, much like a player piano. Some models of organettes were played by mechanically blowing through them, but most were played with a crank that was turned to create a vacuum.

There were at least six models made – the standard 22-note model, the 32-note Autophone, the Concert model (tabletop with operating handle and cabinet style with floor pedal) and other floor standing models. The Autophone Company manufactured the organette in vast numbers. In 1889, it was noted in Harper’s Magazine that the Autophone Company recorded 18,000 units sold.

Although these types of machines were sold into the 1930s, they began to lose their popularity by 1900 while the home phonograph rose in popularity. The Rollmonica -- or "player harmonica" -- sold during the late 1920s and the 1930s was the last organette produced.

The Laura Musser Mansion Small Gallery currently features the first in a series of music box exhibits from the private collection of Brian Walter. The temporary exhibition and the presentation by Brian Walter are the first in a series on historical music boxes.



Lecture: “American Musical Organettes: The Early Years of Mechanical Music in the Home”

Who: Brian Walter

When: Thursday, January 23, 2014

Time: 5:15 PM

Where: The Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room

Admission to this program is FREE.


Please contact Katy Loos, Program Coordinator, with any questions or concerns at 563-263-8282 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Winter Programs at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 14:53

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Herbert Hoover National Historic Site invites visitors to attend free winter ranger programs in 2014.

Join a park ranger at 10 a.m. on January 18 for a one-hour “Snowshoe Through the Park”. The park has some snowshoes to lend. Call (319) 643-2541 to reserve a pair. The hike is suitable for ages 5 and up, will begin at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and will cover less than one mile through the tallgrass prairie. Participants must have sturdy boots, and should dress appropriately for the weather and bring water.

Dr. Richard Baker continues his lecture series “Geology of the National Parks”, with presentations focusing on Everglades (January 15) and Arches and Canyonlands (February 19). The lectures begin at the visitor center of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site at 7 p.m. and last about one hour.

President’s Day weekend will be a good opportunity to learn more about our 31st President. On Saturday, February 15 a park ranger discusses “Herbert Hoover’s National Parks”: special places like Arches, Isle Royale, George Washington Birthplace, Sunset Crater Volcano, and other national parks and monuments preserved by Herbert Hoover’s administration. The presentation begins at 2 p.m. in the visitor center.

Following “Herbert Hoover’s National Parks” on February 15 will be the grand opening of the historic site’s new permanent exhibits from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The new exhibits the stories of President Hoover’s childhood in West Branch and how he later helped develop this park which commemorates his life. Refreshments will be offered.

On Saturday, March 29 a park ranger will examine “The Undying Legacy of President Hoover”: the many places, events, and objects named in his honor. Archival photos and documents will illustrate his range of influence and the variety of ways he legacy carries on today. Audience members will be invited to share their own remembrances of Herbert Hoover during the program. Meet at the visitor center at 2 p.m.

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. 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

Facebook: HerbertHooverNHS

Art Class Teaches a Long Lost Art PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Van Barg   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 14:39

Tatting Class To Be Hosted by Peaceful River

McCausland, IA/October 30, 2013 – Peaceful River Trading Co. is hosting a Tatting class on Sunday, January 12th.  Come join the fun at 1:00pm at 302 North Salina Street in McCausland, Iowa.

The cost for this class is $10.00 person and that includes everything you’ll need, except the tatting shuttle.  Each student will also want a straight pin or safety pin and a pair of crafting scissors. You can bring your own clover brand tatting shuttle to the class or pick one up at Peaceful River for an additional fee.  Babysitting is also available during the class for an additional $5.00 per child.

Tatting is a technique used for handcrafting lace developed by a series of knots and loops.  Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars and other ornamental pieces.

Tatting with a shuttle, like we’ll be teaching in this class, is the earliest method of creating tatted lace. A tatting shuttle aids in tatting by holding a length of wound thread and guiding it through loops to make the necessary knots.

Owners, Sheila Bosworth and Kit Gleason are excited to host the class. “We want to give people the opportunity to create their own pieces of art. So many times, as we get older, we lose that creative, artistic side we had when we were younger. These classes offer adults a way to get back in touch with their creativity.”

To register for the Tatting class on January 12th, call Peaceful River at 563-225-2100 by Wednesday, January 6th.

Peaceful River is a treasure trove of arts and crafts as well as antiques, gifts and collectibles.  Nestled inside a beautiful circa-1916 bank building, visitors travel back in time while browsing through the great selection Peaceful River has to offer.  Peaceful River Trading Co. is open from 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm on Sundays.  McCausland is located about 20 miles northeast of Davenport, just off Utica Ridge Road on F33 and 5 minutes north of Scott County Park.  Explore Peaceful River Trading Co. at


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