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Registration Open for 6th Annual Engineering Kids Camps at the Putnam Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pat Barnes   
Friday, 30 May 2014 09:29

Registration is now open for the 6th annual Engineering Kids Camp at the Putnam Museum. The one day camps will be held during the week of July 21st - July 25th for kids in grades 2nd – 8th.

The camp is a partnership between the Quad City Engineering & Science Council (QCESC), the Putnam Museum and the Iowa State University College of Engineering, who design and lead the camp.  Each one day camp will be an exciting, engaging experience for your young engineer. Three fun, hands-on sessions including LEGO robotics with challenges for various student experience levels, the opportunity to create and learn side-by-side with engineering students from Iowa State University and Quad City professional engineers, and a big screen 3D movie along with a camp t-shirt and lunch.

Camp free is $40 and includes lunch and a t-shirt. Camp runs 9am – 3pm daily with extended care available for additional fees at the Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport, Iowa. Space is limited, register today or call 563-324-1933 ext. 266.


  • July 21st – Grade 4-6
  • July 22nd – Grades 4-6
  • July 23rd – Grades 2-3
  • July 24th – Grades 4-8 GIRLS ONLY!
  • July 25th Grades 7-8

For more information about the Iowa State University Engineering Kids Program, visit For more information on the Quad City Science & Engineering Council, visit


For further information, please contact Pat Barnes at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (563) 370-5513.

Maximize your impact with Birdies! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:38
It's YOUR support that helps open a world of opportunities
to our region's children and future generations to come.
Without YOU, it truly cannot happen!

Over the past two months, the Putnam has transformed before our eyes!
In April of 2014, a $2.2 million dollar repurposing project became a reality, allowing us to renovate underutilized space into a NEW Science Center with nearly 
50 hands-on discovery stations!
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education that we provide in our new center is a pivotal necessity for our children. With YOUR help, we can continue to educate them about STEM-related careers and community businesses that utilize these skills each and every day.
There is so much more to be done in 2014! We urge you to maximize your pledge through Birdies for Charity today, ensuring the Putnam is a vibrant community
resource well into the future!

Click here to download a form or stop by the

Putnam's ticketing window to pick yours up today!

Forms should be completed by Tuesday, July 1st. Please be sure to write in "Putnam" for

CHARITY SOLICITED FOR and "595" for BIRD NUMBER on the top back portion of your form.

Thank you for your consideration.





Kim Findlay


Brucemore’s Sixth Annual Tahitian Party PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 23 May 2014 14:12

Party Poolside to Restore the Voice of Brucemore

For one night Brucemore’s infamous Tahitian Room will spill out into the pool area for the estate’s sixth annual Tahitian Party on June 27 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Throw on a hula skit or Hawaiian shirt and dance to the beat of the steel drum band to support the restoration of the 1929 Skinner player pipe organ.  With Polynesian noshes, exotic beverages, and roast suckling pig, this popular event cannot be missed.

Irene Douglas contracted Ernest M. Skinner to construct a residential organ   for $14,000 in 1929.  Brucemore’s organ, known as Opus 754, is one of only six residential organs created by the Skinner Organ Company that remains unaltered and in situ. In the 1920s, a player organ was the ultimate home entertainment system.  The player function allowed multiple orchestral voices, operas, symphonies, and popular songs to be played at the push of a button.  Experts agree that this “national treasure” needs attention.  A 2013 survey examined the condition of the organ and revealed that a full restoration was necessary.  Based on these results, a three-phase restoration project for the organ began with plans for completion in 2018.  This rare and remarkable instrument is vital to the estate’s rich history and its full restoration will make it integral to the visitor experience.

Tickets are $60 per person.  Space is limited; Purchase tickets by June 18 by visiting or by calling (319) 362-7375.  On-site parking is available.  On-site food vendors and bar included with ticket.  Sponsorship levels are available starting at $125 and offer additional benefits.

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


Play Along with Dora and Diego in New Exhibit Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:02

Bettendorf — Get ready to explore with Dora and Diego at the Family Museum in the new exhibit Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, now in their own exhibit for your preschooler to explore as they learn and play along.

This new, interactive traveling exhibition was created by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Nickelodeon, presented by the WellPoint Foundation, and made possible locally by DHCU Credit Union, Scott County Regional Authority, Anne E. Whitman, Riverboat Development Authority, and the Family Museum Foundation. The exhibit will be open Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Media and their families are invited to the ribbon cutting and member-only opening on Friday, May 23 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The QC Chamber will cut the ribbon at 5:30 pm.


Dora the Explorer follows the adventures of the 7-year-old Latina heroine Dora and her friends in an imaginative, tropical world. Go, Diego, Go! stars Dora’s 8-year-old cousin Diego, a bilingual animal rescuer who protects animals and their environment. The exhibit gives children and their families the opportunity to go into the worlds of Dora and Diego to engage in problem-solving and active play. Young children play along as they join an adventure and learn how to solve problems, be a good friend, and care for animals and the environment. Spanish vocabulary is incorporated throughout the exhibit to introduce Spanish-speaking skills to preschool children.

Dora the Explorer is a ground-breaking children’s series that draws kids into an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques in every episode. Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! carries the play-along theme throughout the exhibit as children are encouraged to actively play while they solve problems, share and learn about the natural world.

Favorite friends and places from episodes of Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Do! are incorporated in the exhibit including:

The Purple Planet

Visit the Purple Planet with Dora and Boots! A Purple Planet home invites young visitors to climb inside and slide down on the surface of the Purple Planet.


Rocket Ship

Dora’s outer-space friends want to go back to the Purple Planet and need help getting there. Aboard the Rocket Ship, preschoolers are invited to put on a spacesuit, pilot the ship, and test their memory with images of colorful planets as they help Dora and Boots take their outer-space friends home.


On the way to the Purple Planet, Dora and Boots encounter some interesting star groupings. Children and their families are invited to help identify the patterns made out of stars by inserting star shapes to light-up a constellation.


Isa’s Flowery Garden

Dora’s friend Isa the Iguana demonstrates how to take care of flowers, plants, and animals. Preschool visitors can tour Isa’s Garden to pick flowers, interact with bird, butterfly, and insect puppets, and pretend-fly with toddler-sized bird and butterfly wings. Even the littlest visitors will enjoy smelling the flowery scents and picking soft-fabric posies.


Tico’s Tree and Car

Dora is a good friend to Tico the squirrel and young visitors are invited to be a good friend to Tico too. Tico needs help picking nuts from the tree for a family picnic. Children can play along with Swiper to swipe the nuts and watch as they shoot up and over to fill Tico’s basket. Tico’s car is in need of fuel! Visitors can help Tico fill up his car with nuts so he can begin his journey.

Pirate Ship

In the Pirate Ship, preschoolers can join the Pirate Piggies crew and dress like a pirate to pretend-play along sailing the ship and divvying up the treasure. Visitors can raise and lower the Pirate Piggies’ flag, look through the telescopes to spot the treasure chest and then divvy up the coins into the Pirate Piggies’ banks and help them share the treasure.


Animal Rescue Center

Young children can practice caring and helping rainforest animals in Diego’s Animal Rescue Center. Preschoolers can be an animal rescuer, like Diego, as they diagnose and address an animal’s problem from the ‘Scanner’ bed, bandage and apply cold packs at the ‘First-Aid Station,’ and bathe stuffed animals at the ‘Care Station.’

Rainforest Maze

Preschoolers will explore a rainforest to locate rainforest animals. Active play is encouraged as children swing across the Bobo Brothers’ monkey bars, crawl through a fallen tree, climb across Jaguar Mountain, and jump or hop across the River Rocks.


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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 08:55

Figge Art Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense


Davenport, IA (May 21, 2014) – Today the Figge Art Museum announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at‐star‐museums.

The Figge currently offers free admission for active duty military personnel and their families all year round, but this partnership with Blue Star Museums provides a platform to showcase the museum to the military community nationwide. “We have world-class traveling exhibitions that are constantly changing, so it is exciting that active duty military members and their families have the opportunity to experience those exhibitions first-hand free of charge anytime they wish,” said Figge Executive Director Tim Schiffer.

This is the fifth year for Blue Star Museums and there are more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa taking part in the initiative. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer.

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173‐1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military ‐ Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps ‐ and up to five family members. Some special or limited‐time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit‐star‐museums.

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #BlueStarMuseum, on Facebook and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.

Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Wendy Clark at 202‐682‐5451.

This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

About Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street.  Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Blue Star Careers and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates, and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at

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