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News from the German American Heritage Center Easter 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:31

Hallo, Freunde!

Please be reminded that GAHC is closed both days on Easter weekend, April 19-20.  We look forward to welcoming all our members and friends to two new exhibits opening by April 25:
  • The World of Berta Hummel  --  Third Floor Gallery
  • 100 Years, 100 Stories - Celebrating the Centennial of the Quad City Symphony  --  First Floor Gallery

 

Looking for interesting events in the region with German connections?

Try these:

 

ZITHER FEST 2014 - featuring zither master TOMY TEMERSON

Sunday, April 27 at 2:30 pm

Society of the Danube Swabians

625 Seegers Road, Des Plaines, IL

$15 in advance or $20 at the door

 

Contact Janet Stessl
Phone: 773-631-2854

E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Spring Open House of the Old Stone Church

hosted by The Friends of The Old Stone Church

The stone building was erected by the members of Pine Mills German Methodist Episcopal Church in 1868. Restoration to a usable condition by members of the organization was completed in time for a Christmas Service in December of 2011, commemorating the last previous service of Christmas of 1911.

 

Did the winter keep you by the fireside? Take a look at our events so far in 2014 and rejoice in the activities and enrichment your organization has to offer.

 

Hinges and Hearts Exhibit

Kautz Farms: A Living Legacy Exhibit

Open House / 48'er Film                                Jan. 6

Puppets and Pies                                             Feb. 7

Paul Cutting on German Immigrant Cabins*    Feb. 23

Mark Russell Smith on Mahler's 3rd**             Mar. 8

Basket Workshop                                Mar. 30

Scherenschnitte Papercutting Workshop          April 6

 

Scroll down to the bottom right on the Home Page and click on Jerry Lowe's Photo Album to catch up with what's been happening; your favorite photos are downloadable!                 

 

*GAHC is pleased to recognize support from the Sons of Norway and the Rotary Club of North Scott to make this program possible.

**Program made possible by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Danke!!

 
Brucemore in Bloom Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 14:18

Stop to smell the roses.  While there, hear the wind pass through century-old trees, see the riot of color in the garden, and listen to a gardening expert. Before fiber optics, solar-powered path lights, and LEDs, gardeners relied on a more natural approach to evening landscape highlights—they planted white flowers.  See this technique and learn about other traditional landscaping tricks during Brucemore in Bloom—Thursday, May 29 at 6:00 p.m. Join Head Gardener David Morton as he traces the development of the gardens from the original plan conceived by prominent landscape architect O.C. Simonds to the integration of function, recreation, and entertainment in Irene Douglas's vision for the country estate. View current plants and landscape techniques that continue to help preserve the historically accurate, prairie-style design by Simonds. Admission is $15 per person and $12 per Brucemore member. Space is limited; purchase tickets online at www.brucemore.org or by calling (319) 362-7375.

The Brucemore in Bloom 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, visit www.brucemore.org 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 www.brucemore.org.

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Humanities Iowa Speaker, Loren Horton, April 27th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:14

The public is invited to join the Muscatine Art Center on Sunday, April 27th at 2:00 p.m. as it hosts Humanities Iowa Speaker, Loren Horton. Horton will give a 45 minute presentation on the changes in Iowa life over the past 150 years. His presentation will include the origins of the people, the technology, and the occupations and social customs of Iowans. Horton will also touch on the history of the state’s economy and politics and explore the changes that have shaped Iowa’s present and changes that will continue to shape Iowa’s future and the future of its residents.

Loren Horton began his employment with the State Historical Society of Iowa in 1972. Since his retirement in 1996, Horton has concentrated on research in 19th century social history and comparative funeral and burial customs in the United States.

This program is funded by Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa brings humanities programs into the heart of Iowa communities.

The humanities are fields of study that help us to discover and remember who we are and how we came to be, as individuals and as part of the world. Humanities Iowa offers funding for this Speakers Bureau event and for grants in support of public programs to non-profit organizations in the state of Iowa.

Please contact Melanie Alexander, Director, 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 . For more information about Humanities Iowa, visit www.uiowa.edu/~humiowa.

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.

 
Once Upon a Time in Iowa Family Festival - April 27th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:38

Join the staff of the Muscatine Art Center in an exploration of Iowa’s past. The “Once Upon A Time in Iowa” Family Festival is a free event to be held on Sunday, April 27th from 1 to 4 p.m.

Children and their families will explore the exhibition, “The Art of Living Well,” including several works by Iowa artist, Grant Wood. Children can then create a shadow box and are encouraged to bring family photographs to include in the creation of their family heirloom. Children can also decorate a flower pot by cutting and gluing images to decoupage to the pot.

Storytelling will start at 1:30 p.m. in the Stanley Gallery. Featured will be several books about the past including the children’s book, “Apples to Oregon.” This book will be the base for an outdoor adventure (weather permitting) for children to make their own pioneer trek. As part of the adventure, children will make butter and plant a seed to put in their flower pot.

While at the Art Center, visitors will also sample many different varieties of apples and vote for their favorites. Other light refreshments will be provided.

At 2:00 p.m., adults and older children can attend the presentation, “This is Your Hertitage” by Humanities Iowa Speaker, Loren Horton. The presentation is sponsored by Humanities Iowa.

The art activities offered as part of the “Once Upon a Time in Iowa” family festival are supported through a grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a section of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Please contact Melanie Alexander, Director, 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 . For more information about Humanities Iowa, visit www.uiowa.edu/~humiowa. For more information about the Iowa Arts Council, visit http://www.iowaartscouncil.org/.

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.

EVENT DETAILS:

Activity: “Once Upon a Time in Iowa” Family Festival

When: Sunday, April 27, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Where: Muscatine Art Center

Grant Wood

The Tree Planting Group

1937

Lithograph

Gift of the Muscatine County Museum and Fine Arts Association

Collection Muscatine Art Center

 

On view in the exhibition,

The Art of Living Well,

through June 15, 2014

Admission to this event is FREE.

 

A decoupage flower pot – an example of the one children will make during the “Once Upon a Time in Iowa” Family Festival on April 27th from 1 to 4 p.m.

 
Local student artwork displayed in Senior Art Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Schlouch   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:17

ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/09/2014)(readMedia)-- Twelve Augustana seniors majoring in art will display their work at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art (3703 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.), as part of New Departures: Senior Art Show. The exhibition opens Tuesday, April 29, and runs through Sunday, May 25. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and closed for final exams May 19-22.

The show exhibits work by studio art and graphic design majors who graduate this year. Displaying artwork in a variety of media, from painting and photography to quilting and video, the exhibition is the culmination of the students' Senior Inquiry process and overall academic experience. As the capstone project for every graduating Augustana student, Senior Inquiry encourages seniors to demonstrate the critical thinking and communication skills they've developed in their major and throughout their liberal arts education, and to reflect on the value of their work for their future profession and for the common good.

Each student has been guided by a faculty mentor and has worked countless hours to create and professionally display his or her original, completed work and progress during the past four years. The exhibiting artists will discuss their work in the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art's Centennial Hall gallery during a gallery talk at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7. The public also is invited to the graduation day reception for the exhibition from 12:45-2 p.m. on Sunday, May 25.

Projects by students from our area featured in the exhibition include:

Monica Hill of Carbon Cliff and Rajinder Kaur of Silvis

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 149 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

 
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