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Railroad Show and Tell at the Muscatine Art Center with Bill Lindsay PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 15:21

What do the towns of Summit, Bayfield, Adams, Black Bass, Garden City and Madera have in common? They were all long ago stops on railroads in Muscatine County. Join local railroad enthusiast, Bill Lindsay, for a Railroad “Share your Stories” Show and Tell in conjunction with the exhibition, “Railroads of Muscatine County”. Participants are encouraged to bring railroad related items and stories to share. The event will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Muscatine Art Center. Admission is FREE.

Learn how Summit was on the original Rock Island main line from Wilton Junction that ran into Muscatine. The town had a depot, stock yards and a store. Bayfield (yes it was on Bayfield road) was on the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern branch that ran from Nichols to Muscatine through the Heinz property. Adams was further west from Bayfield and also had a small depot. Black Bass and Garden City were one in the same.

Discover interesting tidbits about the local railroad and share your own stories! Do you have a great piece of history you would like to share with other railroad fans? Do you have a mysterious railroad-related item in your collection? Bring it with you, and perhaps Bill Lindsay can share some information about your item.

The Muscatine Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday from 10 AM to 7 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM Admission is FREE.

Please contact Melanie Alexander, Director, with any questions at 563-263-8282 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Explore the Nooks and Crannies of Brucemore in October PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:11

Visit every floor, peek into closed rooms, and satisfy curiosity through this all-access pass to the Brucemore mansion during the Nooks and Crannies Tours offered October 23 and 30 at 5:30 p.m. Marvel at the Skinner player pipe organ room, discover the architectural oddities in the attic, and experience the sight and sound of a "rain storm" in the basement Tahitian Room. Examine the superior craftsmanship and learn about ongoing preservation work. The tour is not recommended for children under ten or individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs. Admission is $15 per person and $12 per Brucemore member. Space is limited; purchase tickets online at or by calling (319) 362-7375.

The Nooks and Crannies Tour is part of Brucemore’s Thursday Night Lineup. Every Thursday night Brucemore will feature a different specialty tour focusing on topics for all interests, including arts and culture, Midwestern industry, gardening, landscape design, architecture, preservation, behind-the-scenes at Brucemore, and growing up in the early twentieth century. For more information on the Thursday Night Lineup or other upcoming tours, visit or call (319) 362-7375.

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


President Herbert Hoover Remembered on Fiftieth Anniversary of Death PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Monday, 06 October 2014 10:00

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Herbert Hoover is often criticized for his leadership while President during the Great Depression. But others from around the world, from school children to astronomers, honor Hoover's legacy of humanitarianism and statesmanship.

On October 25, the fiftieth anniversary of President Hoover’s death, a park ranger from Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will discuss archival photos and documents that illustrate the little-known legacy of Herbert Hoover. The presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. The presentation is free.

At  3:00 p.m., the National Park Service and Hoover Presidential Foundation will host a commemoration ceremony at the graves of President and Mrs. Hoover, a short walk from the Presidential Library. Among the graveside remembrances will be a reading of the original eulogy delivered at Hoover’s burial by the Rev. D. Elton Trueblood. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Parking at the gravesite is very limited.

Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation and former U.S. ambassador will read the keynote speech at the gravesite. Quinn also served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State as well as a member of the National Security Council staff at the White House.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and 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

Black and White Colobus Monkey Born at Niabi Zoo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:55

Coal Valley, IL – September 30, 2014 – Niabi Zoo has announced the birth of a baby Black and White Colobus monkey. The baby, whose gender is still unknown, was born on September 27 to Shirati, an 11 year old female. This is the seventh baby for Shirati. The Colobus monkey troop’s adult male, Tuli, is the father. The baby has not been named.

Zookeepers found that the baby had been born upon an early morning check that day. Shirati, who had been suspected to be pregnant, was cradling the baby in her arms and allowing him to nurse. As time has gone on, some of the other females in the troop have begun to serve as babysitters for Shirati from time to time. The new baby will be on display daily with his mother (weather permitting) at the African Treetops exhibit. Plans for a naming contest will be announced soon.

Black and White Colobus monkeys (Colobus guereza) are native to the forests of west-central and east Africa. Females give birth after a 6 month pregnancy to babies which are pure white in color with pink faces. At the  age of about 1 month, they begin to change to more closely resemble the black and white coats of adults. Colobus monkeys in the wild are threatened by deforestation and the bush meat trade.

Niabi Zoo will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday, and 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. Niabi Zoo closes for the year after October 26th.

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Mr. B's adds concert at the Muscatine Art Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:00

The Muscatine Art Center and the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center are pleased to announce that they are hosting Mr. B’s Joybox Express this afternoon at 1:30 for a short concert. Combining athleticism and artistry, Mr. B’s Joybox Express is fronted by Mark “Mr. B” Braun, an internationally recognized jazz and blue pianist.

Produced by Artrain, Inc., this epic 2,000-mile, 90-day trek began on September 1st at the Mississippi River headwaters in Minnesota and will conclude in New Orleans, Louisiana in December. Along the way the Mr. B’s Joybox Express is stopping in cities, towns and villages to perform, educate and inspire blues, jazz and cycling appreciation.

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