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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 14:54

"Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin and His Airships"

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin first came to the US in l863, sent as a war observer of the Northern armies by the King of Baden.  He received a permit to pass into the battlefields from President Lincoln after being recommended by then-general Carl Schurz.  In a few months he was to leave the war zone, explore the American frontier and experience his first balloon.   Up, up and away to a new career and a new world!

A lecture will be presented Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 by Werner Zarnikow, a GAHC member and frequent volunteer in our archives where he provides language translation assistance.

He has been fascinated by Zeppelin's career since the latter's  flight over Davenport when Zarnikow was a young lad.  His collection of Zeppelin memorabilia will be on display on the 4th floor of GAHC during July.

This presentation will also feature a popular song from Zeppelin's  peak career years "Come Take a Trip in My Airship," sung by Barbara Kuttler and accompanied by Mark Prebyl on a vintage German piano.
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