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Quilt talk and workshop PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Friday, 03 February 2012 13:54

Davenport- The German American Heritage Center, located at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport,  presents Becky Wright “The Quilt Lady” as she gives a talk on “The Sequel: Christian Staffinger and his Civil War Quilt” at 2pm on Sunday February 19th. Becky will update us on the exciting events that occurred since her last talk at GAHC surrounding Christian Staffinger, the German immigrant who crafted Becky’s beloved quilt. Event is free with admission.

For more information call 563-322-8844 or visit Join the Quilt Lady on Saturday February 18th from 1pm till 5pm for a quilting workshop at GAHC. Using one of her Orphans of War patterns “Reap the Whirlwind”, Becky will show participants how to create one of these beautiful pieces. Registration fee is $35 and is payable at registration by February 15th. Patterns (a $10 value) are included in the fee. Materials list will become available at time of registration. To register call 563-322-8844 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Written by Susan Horan   
Friday, 03 February 2012 13:51

(Davenport, IA) - Thursdays at the Figge is back for another season of fun, food, music and art talks. The season opener on February 2 celebrates the exhibition Fins and Feathers: Children's Book Illustrations from The Eric Carle Museum of Art. Populated by an array of dazzling animals both real and imaginary, Fins and Feathers introduces viewers of all ages to memorable creatures from children’s literature. The community is invited to an exhibition reception with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar at 6pm in the Figge Reading Room.  Rima Girnius, Figge associate curator, will lead an art talk about the exhibition at 7 pm.


Each Thursdays at the Figge in February will feature a 7pm art talk on a different subject.  On Thursday, February 9, Western Illinois University professor Jo-Ann Morgan will present the talk “Illustrating Uncle Tom, Topsy, and Little Eva: How Children Learned About ‘Race’ and ‘Place.’” Professor Morgan will review illustrations of the main characters in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and will take a look at other children’s books in which black children and white children interact, in order to consider how these portrayals may have impacted young reader’s understanding of racial relations in the nineteenth century and since.  This art talk is offered in conjunction with Black History Month.


Myriam Stangherlin will present a program on Italy on Thursday, February 16 at 7pm.  Myriam’s program, “Italian: The Language of Love,” will use pictures of Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and other “art” cities in Italy to introduce visitors to the beautiful language.  This program is an introduction to the five-week Italian language course Myriam will teach at the Figge beginning Wednesday, March 7.


“The Life and Times of Edward M. Catich” will be the topic of the art talk on Thursday, February 23.  Father Catich has an international reputation as a calligrapher and scholar.  In addition to being an artist in various media, Catich was also an accomplished musician.  The presenter, Paul Herrera, was a student, apprentice and friend of Father Catich, and he also worked with him at St Ambrose University. This talk is offered in conjunction with the many calligraphy workshops offered at the Figge this winter and spring.


Thursdays at the Figge programming in February also include live music by Lewis Knudson. The café and bar open at 5 pm for dinner and drinks and the museum is open until 9 pm. All programs, including the exhibition reception, are included with admission to the museum and all seniors receive free admission the first Thursday of each month.


Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, acquires 1888 poster of Buffalo Bill's Wild West PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:06

What does the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, do with a 28-foot long, 1888 poster of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show? It puts it on display for visitors to see in the Center’s newly remodeled Buffalo Bill gallery, set to open May 19, 2012.

The Center recently purchased the poster, thought to be the largest surviving poster ever produced for William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Wild West. Printed in 1888 by the Calhoun Printing Company of Hartford, Connecticut, the poster consists of 32 separate sheets, measures roughly 28 feet long by 13 feet wide, and is in pristine condition.

In studying the colorful image on the floor, stretched out the length of the Center's Plains Indian gallery, the staff at the Historical Center christened this enormous advertising poster “simply extraordinary.” Much like billboards today, posters pasted to the sides of buildings were used to publicize events like Cody’s show that ran 1883 –1913. Generally meant to be scrapped once an event concluded, it’s rare to find posters like this 28-foot example created in 1888 still intact.

There is some mystery surrounding the Center’s acquisition, however. It was owned most recently by a private collector in Colorado who decided to dispose of it at auction. Before that, little is known about the history of this particular poster—where it originated, who owned it, and where it’s been for most of the last hundred years. It’s even possible the poster was never installed.

"My own hunch is that the poster—really a 'show bill'—was never hung because it had some minor flaws in it, such as where the ink ran slightly," explains Dr. John Rumm, the Center's curator of western American history. "They’re barely discernible and require careful inspection to see. But it would be in keeping for the reputation of both the Wild West and the Calhoun Printing Company to not post a 'factory second,' no matter how minor the flaws were." Certainly, more research is in order to answer those questions.

Originally, the Center’s Conservator Beverly Perkins planned an analysis of the poster including cleaning or making needed repairs. However, once unfurled on the floor for review, Perkins pronounced the poster “in remarkably pristine condition,” and Rumm said the colors were so vibrant that “the poster seems as if it were fresh off the press.” Other than some very minor tears along its edges, the poster is completely intact.

With a caption across the lower left corner exclaiming, “Grandstand at London Seating 20,000 People,” the poster was created to commemorate the Wild West’s special London performance in May 1887. Her Majesty Queen Victoria and other members of the Royal Entourage are pictured acknowledging Buffalo Bill’s ceremonial bow from his white horse as show personnel salute the queen from the background.

Staffers Matt Bree and Jeffrey Rudolph have their work cut out for them as Rudolph creates a frame, and Bree builds a special case to both display and house the poster on the back wall of the “Man of the World” alcove in the new Buffalo Bill gallery.

The Historical Center acquired the poster in September 2011 through an auction held in New York City. Monies from the Center’s Acquisition Fund (named for Buffalo Bill’s niece who was also the first curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum)—together with contributions from several of the Center’s trustees—made the acquisition and conservation of this poster possible. Once several months of remodeling are wrapped up this spring, the poster goes on display in the Center’s Buffalo Bill gallery when that area of the museum reopens on May 19, 2012.

(Note: Only the Buffalo Bill gallery of the Center is currently closed to the public; the remaining galleries are open during regular winter hours.)

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John Deere Pavilion Re-Opening Date(s) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wendy Artman   
Monday, 30 January 2012 15:57

We have officially set the re-opening date and time for the John Deere Pavilion.

We will re-open the all-new Pavilion to the public on Wednesday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m.

Also, we will celebrate the re-opening with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on February 15th at 10:00 a.m. 

Easter talk at GAHC! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Thursday, 26 January 2012 15:30

GAHC is proud to host the talk: Easter Traditions in Germany presented by Kathlyn Hofmann on Sunday February 26, 2012 at 2pm at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA 52802. This presentation will acquaint you with German Easter traditions - some similar - some different from the way Easter is celebrated in the USA. 

Special highlight is a series of slides: "Osterbrunnen," elaborately decorated wells and fountains found in the Franconia area of northern Bavaria. Kathlyn lived in Germany for 27 years teaching German and ESL for the DoDEA School System. Since 2009, she has taught several beginning and intermediate German language classes at the GAHC. Free with admission.

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