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The German American Heritage Center in Davenport welcomes civil war enthusiasts! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ruth Reynolds   
Friday, 22 July 2011 22:59

The exhibit “Iowa in the Civil War: The German Element” is available through August 7. A companion FREE traveling exhibit from the Iowa State Historical Society in the GAHC parking lot features “The Fiery Trial: Iowa in the Civil War.” Visitors can see why Iowa entered the war, the impact of war on the state of Iowa, the work of Annie Wittenmyer as she cared for the wounded and orphaned, and efforts in Iowa to improve civil rights for all after the war.

A special touchscreen feature allows Iowans to search for their Union army ancestors in the Civil War by name and county.

A special $10 family ticket for all inside exhibits is available during the “Fiery Trial” run from July 28 through August 7. Other tickets are Adults $5, Seniors $4 and children $3.

Special hours for the civil war features are July 28 – August 7 from 10:00 through 7:00 EXCEPT July 28 10:00 – 4:00; July 31 noon to 6:00 and August 7, noon to 4:00.

Information available at OR (563) 322-8844 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Quad City Arts Hosts Free Train Exhibit & Art Expo for the 2011 Train Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rebecca Green   
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 18:26

WHERE: Train Exhibit located at Quad City Arts Center Gallery,  Rock Island ,  IL   61201
Art Expo located at the end of
  3rd St.   in the District of Rock Island, IL 61201

DATES: Train Exhibit: July 21st – July 24th

Art Expo: July 22nd

ADMISSION: Train Exhibit & Art Expo are FREE

As part of 2011 Train Festival, Quad City Arts Gallery is hosting an exhibit created by the Tri-County N-Scale Model Train Club from July 21st- July 24th. The train display features N-scale model railways with different background scenery. Some of the scenes include an airport, mountain range, farm towns, and even a small scale replica of   Geneseo  Illinois   in the 1950’s. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the current gallery installation, “The Artist in You” group exhibit, which features 37 works of art from emerging and accomplished artists living within a 250-mile radius of the Quad Cities. The gallery will be open extended hours for the festival: July 21st   10 am  -6 pm , July 22nd   3:30 pm  -9 pm , July 23rd   11 am  -6 pm , and July 24th   11 am  -5 pm .

In addition to the gallery exhibit, Quad City Arts will also provide an outdoor Art Expo on Friday, July 22nd from   10 am  8 pm  , located at the end of   3rd Street   in the District of Rock Island. Admission to the Art Expo is free and will feature original artwork by local artists and live music.

The public is invited both events. For more information please visit

The Quad City Arts Center Gallery is located at   1715 Second Avenue   in the Arts and Entertainment District of   Rock Island  . All   Quad   City   Arts programs are funded in part by Festival of Trees;   Quad   City   Arts Partners; and operating grants from the   Illinois   Arts Council, a state agency; and the   Iowa   Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.   Quad   City   Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the   Quad   City   region through the presentation, development and celebration of the arts and humanities.

For more information, contact Visual Arts Director, Dawn Wohlford-Metallo at 309-793-1213 ext. 108 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

A Special History Event for Seniors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by German American Heritage Center   
Monday, 18 July 2011 13:32

A free history event for seniors, 60 and older.

Tickets sponsored by Eye Surgeons Associates of the Quad Cities


The German American Heritage Center, located at the foot of the Centennial Bridge in Davenport, has a special opportunity for active QC seniors scheduled at its facility on Friday, July 29 at 1:30 p.m.   At that time seniors may enjoy an historical presentation by Dr. Marrietta Castle of Rock Island, who will be appearing in period costume speaking as Mary Todd Lincoln.   Seniors can learn of Mrs. Lincoln's life as told ten years after her husband's assassination and at the time of her release from a sanitarium where she had been committed by her oldest son, Robert.  The show lasts about one hour.


The presentation is FREE to area seniors 60 and over;  tickets are available at CASI, 1035 W. Kimberly in Davenport and at the Life Fitness Center in Bettendorf.  This opportunity is a community service to seniors sponsored by the generosity of Eye Surgeons Associates of the Quad Cities. Tickets are limited; one per person; first come first served.


"Meet Mary Todd Lincoln" is a special senior event to coincide with two unique exhibits available at the German American Heritage Center.  Those include a first floor exhibit "The Civil War - The German Element" and the visit to the Quad Cities of the traveling "History on the Move" trailer from the Iowa State Historical Society which will be in the Center's parking lot from July 28 through August 7.  The trailer is entitled "The Fiery Trial: Iowa in the Civil War" and features Iowa's role in the great conflict, the war's causes and aftermath, the work of Annie Wittenmyer on behalf of soldiers, widows and orphans, and Iowa's role in the the Civil Rights movement after the war's end.  There is also a touchscreen feature which allows Iowans to search for a Civil War soldier ancestor by name and county and learn his fate with the Union army.  Seniors may experience the presentation, the exhibits and the permanent display of "The German Immigrant Experience" on the third floor.  All portions of the senior visit for this event are air conditioned and handicapped accessible.


Residents of area senior living facilities have been invited to visit the Civil War exhibits at designated times during the week of August 1 - August 5.  The general public is also welcome to attend; see the GAHC website for times and admission prices.  A special $10 family rate ticket will be in effect from July 28 - August 7.  There is no charge to visit only the traveling "Fiery Trial" trailer.

Figge Art Talks Focus on Chair Design and Environmental Art PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Monday, 18 July 2011 13:12


Talks highlights techniques used to make chairs and environmental art

“How was it made?” is a question that one hears frequently when looking at art. Learn how several chairs in the Figge Art Museum special exhibition The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design were made at an art talk at 7 pm Thursday, July 14. Mark Holmes, associate professor of Art at Knox College, will present the talk. In addition to his work as a sculptor, Holmes spent 15 years designing and making furniture (including chairs) as the owner of -ism Furniture in Chicago. He received his MFA in Sculpture from Yale University.

The Art of Seating will be on view at the Figge through September 4. The exhibition is developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and the Jacobsen Collection of American Art, and organized by International Art & Artists, Washington, D.C. For additional exhibition-related programs, please visit the Figge website at

Also this Thursday, at 6pm visiting artist Aurora Robson will talk about her work, Up Drop, which is installed on Level 1. The sculpture is made from plastic debris (PET bottles) caps, rivets, tinted polycyrlic and steel armature.  Robson's intricate and remarkable hanging structures are created from all manner of discarded plastic waste.   This work complements the current exhibition, Water Views by providing an interesting counterpoint to the idyllic waterscapes ofWater Views

Robson will be featured in the fall installation, Everything All at Once Forever, opening September 24 in the Orientation Gallery on Level 1.  The installation will feature plastic debris sculptures created specifically for the Figge installation. These new individual pieces will complement Up Drop, a work borrowed from the Gallery 212 in Colorado. Together they will create a space for the audience to explore the works on an intimate level.

Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members.



Can you help us with the Fiery Trail exhibit? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by German American Heritage Center   
Monday, 18 July 2011 10:50

Dear Friends of the German American Heritage Center:

As you may know, the GAHC will be hosting a traveling exhibit entitled "The Fiery Trail: Iowa and the Civil War".  We are asking for your assistance with this exhibit

sometime between July 28 and August 7.  We need people to man the exhibit and help answer questions from visitors.  Each tour of duty will last three hours and following are the times where we need you help:


Thursday, July 28   10 - 1,   1 - 4,  and a special event at 6:30 p.m. for members only.


Friday, July 29    4 to 7 p.m.


Saturday, July 30    4 to 7 pm


Monday, August 1    10 to 1,  1 to 4, and 4 to 7


Wednesday, August 3    4 to 7


Friday August 5     10 to 1.  1 to 4,  and 4 to 7


Saturday, August 6      10 to 1,  1 to 4,   and 4 to 7


Sunday August 7    12 to 4


There will be a drop-in orientation for volunteers on Wed July 27  4 - 6 pm


Please contact us at 563-322-8844 if you can help us to make this a meaningful experience for visitors to the GAHC.


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