The Mannerchor Penzlin 1907 E.V. will be performing for free at Marycrest Senior Campus's Upham Theater, located at 1607 W12th St in Davenport, on Monday April 16th at 7pm. The Mannerchor Penzlin 1907 E.V. is a men's choir from Northern Germany. Founded in 1907, the choir has existed for over 100 years, was active during the GDR and continued and extended its work after the unification of Germany. The choir has a diverse repertoire reaching from classical to modern arrangements, but its central aim is the preservation of German folk and Shanty (sailor songs). This April, 30 members of the choir will perform its multifarious repertoire throughout the Midwest. Christian Bomeier is the conductor. This event is sponsored by the Riverboat Development Authority and the Quad City German-American Clubs.
FRIENDS,   The final events of the White Rose are fast approaching.  Please take advantage of these opportunities:
Saturday, Feb. 11              1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
GAHC   4th Floor          $5 or free to members
Limited seating; come early and don't be disappointed!


Due to Community Requests


The White Rose exhibit featuring the lives and work of Germany's most famous civilian resistance group during the Third Reich will be briefly extended one more weekend through February 25 and 26th before it leaves GAHC for the next stop on its national tour.  Don't miss it!


...and the last petal is falling, too!


GAHC has received many inquiries about showing the l983 film "The White Rose" one final time.  If you got turned away the first time, and couldn't manage the second showing, here is the final encore opportunity:


Film Showing :  The White Rose
Saturday, February 25th                      2:00 at GAHC  4th Floor
Seat cushions encouraged!                $5 or free for members.

Attention GAHC Members and Friends!

Could we appeal for your help?


We are in preparation for two Readers Theatre performances of "The White Rose: A True Story of Freedom in Nazi Germany" on Saturday, Feb 11, 2012. We are in need of several items to assist with our staging and would like to ask if anyone can provide the following for use at GAHC from February 1 through February 11th.


Please contact Kelly Lao ( or Janet Brown-Lowe ( if you can help!


  • Standard wooden dining or occasional chairs, any type  (combined for 12 total)
  • Bar-type high stools (combined for 12 total)
  • White flameless candles of any size, votive type or holders particularly helpful
  • Outdated stationery or letterhead to print scripts on back side  (help GAHC save green and go green!)
  • Black 3-ring binders, 1" width or less (12)
White Rose Play
GAHC Members and Friends,


If you are unfamiliar with the "Germans in America" series previously broadcast by WQPT, (Digital Channel 24.1 and 24.2 or Cable Channel 10) or would like to see it again, take note of the following episodes on Monday evenings through Novermber, 2011. Programs begin at 9:00 p.m.


Monday, Nov. 7
"Into the Promised Land" A group of German-Americans from Loose Creek, Missouri travel to Germany in search of their roots.


Monday, Nov. 14
"The Price of Freedom" Recalls the stenuous ordeals faced by the first German settlers to arrive in Texas.


Monday, Nov, 21
"Little Germanies" German-speaking communities bloomed all over the country in the second half of the 19th century.


Monday, Nov. 28
"A People Disappears" German-Americans try to keep their identity under wraps as intolerance grows during the world wars.

Milena Oda from the International Writers Program at the University of Iowa will talk about her work and experie

nces both in Germany and in Iowa on Sunday, October 16, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St., Davenport, Iowa.  This program is free for members and free for nonmembers with a paid museum admission.  Milena Oda was born in Czechoslovakia and now works in Berlin as an editor, translator and journalist for Radio WDR, Der Freitag, Prager Zeitung, Literární noviny, and others. Her play Mehr als Meer was staged at the Central European Theatre Festival and at the 2009 Forum of Independent Theatre Groups in Alexandria.  Oda is the recipient of the 2007 Marguerite d'Or in Vienna, and was nominated for the 2007 Ingeborg-Bachmann award. Her work, in German, Czech, and English, has been featured in the Top-22 Anthology, Ostragehege, Labyrint Revue, Lauter Niemand, Volltext, and Contact.  In 2010 she published her first novel, Ich heisse Diener [Call Me Servant]. She participates in the International Writers Program courtesy of the Max Kade Foundation.  Find out more about her at


Sunday, August 14, 2011   2:00 p.m.


The German American Heritage Center presents local educator Bruce Bufe in the first of a series on personal family immigration histories called "My German Story." This program features the life and times of Franz Gustav Bufe, a German immigrant cigar maker in Moline in the 1880's. He was also an artist, a poet, and a keen social critic of his time. Come experience his poems in translation and explore the themes and views of a common man with an uncommon talent for self- expression. This program is re-scheduled from a spring emergency cancellation.


Members free; public welcome with $5.00 admission; includes museum exhibits.

The German American Heritage Center in Davenport welcomes civil war enthusiasts!    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

In honor of the great sacrifices all our veterans have made, the German American Heritage Center is offering free admission to the Center on Armed Forces Day, May 21, and on Memorial Sunday, May 29.


By showing identification, veterans may see our award-winning Immigration Experience Exhibit and step in the shoes of long ago immigrants as they tell their stories.


The Center is located at 712 West 2nd Street, Davenport (at the foot of the Centennial Bridge). Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 PM.  Cost for Non-veterans: Adults $5.00; Adults over 60 $4.00; Children 5-17 $3.00. Members are free.

Quilts of the Civil War Becky Wright, Presenter

Sunday, June 12, 2:00 p.m.

Becky Wright of Mt. Pleasant is a quilter, designer and owner of Orphans of War quilt patterns.  Her life-long love of history, especially the Civil War era, has led to researching and sharing her passion with others.  Becky appears in period costume; the main focus of her presentation is the importance of quilts and textiles during the Civil War.  Starting with the facts of the early history of textiles and sewing in the 1800's she leads the audience to the beginning of the conflict, tells how quickly the textile industry was impacted and explains the role it played in the war.  Becky's talk is enriched by a large display of antique quilts and reproduction quilts, vintage clothing, books and other artifacts.  Of special interest is an authentic quilt handcrafted by a German immigrant who served in the Union Army and sewed this quilt during his recovery from battle wounds.  This is an outstanding companion program to the first floor exhibit at GAHC in June and July, "Iowa in Civil War: The German Element."


This is a GAHC Special Event and will not be announced in the Infoblatt.  GAHC members may attend at no charge, but must obtain one ticket per member at the GAHC reception desk at the Center.  Members may also send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the GAHC office for ticket requests, which will be honored one per member.  We ask your kind cooperation in not phoning to request tickets.  Please respond early and alert your GAHC friends who may not receive this electronic message.  Public sale of tickets will begin on May 31, 2011 at $8.00 each.   Seating is limited - act promptly!

Questions may be directed or phone (563) 322-8844.


Dr. Egon W. Gerdes, Executive Director
German American Heritage Center

German American Heritage Center
712 W Second Street
Davenport, Iowa 52802

The German American Heritage Center will present a companion program to its current temporary exhibit, "Cigar Making in the Quad Cities," on Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Center.  Local educator Bruce Bufe will craft an oral portrait of his great-great grandfather, a German immigrant who worked as a cigar maker in Moline in the 1880's .


 But Franz Gustav Bufe was much, much more - he was a talented artist, a prolific published poet and a keen social critic and activist of his day.  There is much to learn in Gustav Bufe's poems, which will be discussed in translation and enriched with artifacts from his homeland.


This program will appeal to all who descend from Germany to America and those who follow local and regional history.   Come join us at GAHC for this first chapter in a continuing series called "My German Story."  Will yours be next?