"Foreign Events and Views that Impacted

the American Civil War"

Dr. Art Pitz, professor emeritus of Blackhawk College, Moline will present a review of the views and events outside the US which impacted how foreign powers analyzed the Civil War.  Topics will include, but not be limited to, the Corn Laws in England, famine in Ireland, the 1848 revolutions in Europe, reforms in Egypt in the mid 1800's, and immigration patterns from abroad.  How did they influence thought prior to the outbreak of American hostilities?


Dr. Pitz, a Moline resident, is a much requested speaker on historical topics and foreign affairs in the QC region.

As we know, Davenport has a strong German background. Yet it is different from other traditionally German cities like St. Louis, Cincinnati and Milwaukee. Davenport was deeply shaped by the so-called Forty-Eighters, young German revolutionaries who in 1848 opposed monarchies in Germany, particularly in Schleswig-Holstein, but were defeated and had to leave the country. Most of them were intellectuals who brought with them special gifts and talents which they put to use in Davenport.


What were these gifts and talents? Who were these Forty-Eighters and what had shaped them in Germany before they crossed the ocean?


Ms. Helen Reinold, a graduate of Augustana College and a graduate student at the University of Oldenburg in Germany, has researched this topic during her recent internship with the German American Heritage Center in Davenport.  Ms. Reinold will present her findings to the interested public in a lecture and discussion, entitled The Intellectual Origins of the Davenport Forty-Eighters, at the German American Heritage Center at 712 Second Street in Davenport, on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.  It is free of charge.


You are cordially invited to attend this event. We are looking forward to greeting you among us.


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

We want to keep you informed of upcoming programs, events and exhibits at the Heritage Center.  We hope you will attend as many as you can.


Through May 31 - Cigar Exhibit - over 200 artifacts relating to the manufacture and consumption of cigars in the QCA.   First floor exhibit room


April 10 - Fifty+ years of the fashion dolls Barbie and Lili - An American icon and its German predecessor - a new exhibit presented by Ellen Sagaris at GAHC.


April 10, 2:00 - What a Doll! - an introduction and overview of Lili, Barbie and the German origins they share - presented by Ellen Tsagaris at GAHC.


April 19, 7:00 - Book Discussion Group: March Violets - led by Phil Hall at the Bettendorf Public Library in the Malmrose Room from 7:00-8:30 p.m.


May 1, 2:00 - Celebrating the life and music of Robert Schumann, presented by Don Wooten at GAHC


May 15, 2:00 - Davenport Zither Ensemble at the Homestead Colony Church/Museum in Homestead, Amana Colonies.'


May 22, 2:00 - My German Story - focusing on everyday Quad Citians, their German heritage and family journeys.  Presented by Bruce Bufe at GAHC.


June 1 - July 31 - PEZ Dispenser Exhibit - featuring the extensive collection of Emily Jackson.


June 1 - July 31 - German Influences in the Civil War Exhibit

June 5, 2:00 - Davenport Zither Ensemble - Annual early summer concert at the Downtown Davenport Family YMCA.


June 26, 2:00 - How Sweet It Is - Emily Jackson will present a program on the origin and history of the PEZ candy toppers at GAHC.