Join us for an evening performance of Finding Home, an intriguing tale in three parts about immigration by the renowned troupe Eulenspiegel Puppets on Friday, February 7th.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Limited seating is available.
Doors open at 6:00 and show begins at 7:00 with a Pie Auction to follow! All proceeds benefit GAHC.
Finding Home

Finding Home is a trilogy of pieces, poignant, joyful, and humorous, about puppeteer Monica Leo's parents and their immigration experiences. The first piece, My Father's Imaginary Friend, uses candlelight and shadows to interpret the story of her father's hope and survival during his incarceration in a concentration camp.

The second piece, German Eggheads in Rural Texas, traces the family's life in a Lutheran parsonage in rural Texas. Monica uses her mother's illustrations to create puppets and scenery that tell droll stories of language and cultural mix-ups and misunderstandings.

The third piece, Mutti's Muscles, uses dolls and other objects to follow her mother's rebirth as a metal sculptor and political activist in the United States after her father's death.

Refreshments and slices of homemade pie will be served! Get your tickets today by calling 563-322-8844 or stopping in to see us at 712 W 2nd Street, Davenport!

Hinges & Hearts:

The World of Antique Metal & Mechanical Dolls!
Hear Curator Ellen Tsagaris speak on her collection of metal & mechanical dolls at 2pm!

German American Heritage Center | 712 W Second Street | Davenport | IA | 52802

Hello to All with Winter Wanderlust,

We have been advised by GAHC member Mary Burchett that a travel opportunity in Germany has arisen as follows:

Shop the Christmas Markets of Germany!

Christmas Market Cruise

November 22-30, 2013

Flight Moline - Vienna

Return Nuremberg - Moline

Intinerary includes Vienna, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg

3 double occupancy cabins are available.  Price @ $2,500 per person inclusive of flight

Cabins held through April 30th, 2013

Dear Members,

Our annual member at the German American Heritage Center is on Tuesday, Sept. 18th at 5:30pm at the Outing Club in Davenport. But there is still time to RSVP!!! Call GAHC at 563-322-8844 and let us know you will be joining us!

Fall Frolic
This year is CASUAL! We will enjoy a delicious buffet of German foods including brats, sauerkraut, steak burgers, German potato salad, and more!

$40 per person

If you cannot attend, please consider a donation. We use the proceeds from this fundraiser to continue to bring you quality programs and exhibits!

The Staff and Board of Directors
German American Heritage Center

Dear Friends of GAHC,

The German American Heritage Center is in serious need of the following volunteer positions:



1) Desk help:   Admissions / Gift Shop


Several of our loyal volunteers have been sidelined recently by illness or other misfortunes, and our monthly calendar has too many holes. If you have been thinking about volunteering, this is a wonderful time to step up and lend a hand - training is provided. If you have not volunteered in a while but are willing to accept a shift, please notify us and we can find a spot that works for you!  Please help!!


2) Special Event:   Budget Bridal Fair Sunday, Sept 16th  12:00 - 3:00


The Bridal Fair will require our staff to be busy on 4th floor promoting that space for wedding and related events, and overseeing approximately 15 other vendors also involved. We will need 4 - 5 extra volunteers that day to monitor the exhibit areas. An extra hand would be helpful in the Gift Shop as well, since many attendees might be tempted to look around! This is a new event, and with your extra assistance we know it will be a successful one for all! The goal for GAHC is to show off our lovely 4th floor program room and encourage future rentals. Be sure to catch the promotion of this event on Paula Sands Live! on Tuesday, September 11th!


3) A peek around the time! Make your presence your present!


The Christmas and winter holiday season will be here before we know it! Please consider giving GAHC one of the most precious gifts around - your time! We are always in need of desk help during November and December, especially on the weekends!


Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to hearing from you!



GAHC Staff

If you have been dreaming about participating in our  Enchanting Germany Rhine Cruise, August 18-25, 2013 be sure to wake up in time to register for the $500 per passenger discount, which expires on September 1st, 2012  -just days away!  You may register later, but you will lose out on this terrific travel bargain if you delay.

Also, due to requests from interested participants there have been modifications to the land portion of the GAHC Heritage Tour, which immediately follows the cruise, August 25 - September 4, 2013.   Please take a look at the revised travel itinerary attached and sign up soon!  You will find a most interesting mix of immigration history, small picturesque villages, some of Germany's finest landscapes under natural preservation, access to historic sites such as Wittenberg, home of Luther's 95 theses, Potsdam, Dresden, Meissen (where European porcelain began), and a wonderful farewell finish flying out of Prague.
Registrations for both portions of the trip are due by December 1, 2012.  You may participate in either one or both portions of the trip, and each portion requires separate registration.  Make GAHC and Germany a part of your travel plans in 2013!  Questions?  Call Blue Horizon at 1-800-939-4334 or Linda Meadors, agent, at
The German American Heritage Center and the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities are happy to announce additional showings of companion films to the current  "White Rose" Exhibit at GAHC.  We had a full house on Sunday, Jan.29 and apologize to those who had to be turned away!   Please try to join us for the following opportunities:


Saturday, Feb 4, 4:00 - "The White Rose" 1983    EXTRA SHOWING ADDED


Sunday, Feb 5, 1:00 and 4:00 "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days," 2006 Nominated as 'Best Foreign Film'


Figge Museum Auditorium                 $5 Admission; Students Free with I.D.

The Des Moines Metro Opera Company,

Iowa's Premier Opera Company performing

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Mozart's delightful commentary on love, forgiveness, tolerance and the brotherhood of mankind has become one of the most beloved operas in all the repertory. Filled with star-studded queens, dragons, bird-catchers, heroes and heroines and noble priests, The Magic Flute is a spectacular potpourri of worldly and heavenly delights all set with sublime enchantment to some of Mozart's greatest music! It is the perfect opera to delight and dazzle audiences of all ages.


2 hour performance, sung in English

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.

Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University

Premium Seating $25 (limited to 60)   General Admission $15 GAHC discount

Tickets in person at GAHC, by mail or phone order

(563) 322-8844 or contact


This performance is supported in part by the
Riverboat Development Authority

The Endow Iowa tax credit still has around $2 million available on a first-come, first-served basis.  This fund is designed for individuals, businesses and corporations to make charitable contributions to organizations such as the German American Heritage Center; it allows Iowa communities to address their most pressing needs while acknowledging the generosity of the donors through a 25% state tax credit.  For example, a $1,000 donation produces a tax credit of $250 which may be deducted off the total Iowa tax bill for 2011.  The donations must be processed by the Community Foundaton of the Great River Bend, who handles the transactions on GAHC's behalf.


This option is also possible for individuals who wish to implement a Chritable IRA Rollover.  This permits a transfer of up to $100,000 directly from an IRA to a charity and avoid reporting it as income.  The Charitable IRA Rollover is eligible for the 25% Endow Iowa tax credit, but the transfer must go directly to our partner in this endeaver, the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, which is the designated receiver of such funds toward GAHC's benefit.  It can go into an existing fund (the GAHC endowment, for example) or the donor may create a new fund.  Under current law this option expires at the end of the year, so you must act now to set things in motion.


Please contact the following individuals if you would like assistance with these procedures or if you require additional information:


Stan Reeg, GAHC endowment chair:  563-386-1509
Susan Skora or Hap Volz, Community Foundation of the Great River Bend:  563-326-2840
The German American Heritage Center's temporary exhibit "In Praise Of The Pencil" closes on Sunday, October 30th at 4 p.m. This is your last chance to see the amazing pencil sculptures, pencil art by local artists, a history of the pencil and how it is made, as well as impressive pencil collections. Stop in to the Center before it's too late.