DAVENPORT, IA- (August 9, 2010)- The German American Heritage Center will be hosting a German-Wends Cultural Festival where visitors can enjoy a full day of Wendish cultural demonstrations, music, dancing and more. The festival will be held on Saturday, August 21st at the German American Heritage Center located at the bottom of Centennial Bridge on 2nd St. in Davenport, IA.  Admittance into the festival is free with museum admission and free for members.

In addition to the festival, visitors can explore the museum's 4,000 square feet of exhibits. Here they will enjoy an interactive experience as they learn about immigrants' journey by sea, train and foot, to their final destination at the German American Heritage Center building which was originally a very busy hotel for thousands of immigrants in the 1860s.

For more information on the museum's exhibits, programs, events, classes, and workshops, visit www.gahc.org or call 563-322-8844.  General Admissions is: Adults: $5; Seniors: $4; Children (5-17 years old): $3; Free for children under 5.  Museums members are free.  Hours are Tuesdays through Saturday open 10 am- 4 pm; Sunday open 12 pm- 4 pm.

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DAVENPORT, IOWA (July 16, 2010) - Julie Wall of Trinity Lutheran School is bringing a German Tradition to the Quad Cities with German School Cones. The event will be held at the German American Heritage Center on July 25th at 2:00 PM. Cost is free with museum admission and free for museum members.

Since the early 19th century, the rite of passage for children in German speaking areas as they entered formal schooling was celebrated with the gifting of School Cones (Schultuten). Julie Wall is the artist in residence at Trinity Lutheran School and is working with her students to bring this tradition to the Quad Cities. School Cones are also referred to as Zuckeruete meaning sweet cone. In Germany, children attend the first day with their parents and grandparents, often dressed in their best outfit. The older students put on a performance followed by an short introduction, class photographs, and individual photographs with the children's school cones. School Cones are made with paper and ribbon and often times end up being as tall as the child. They can be filled with small gifts, school supplies, and plenty of candy and chocolate. Join us on Sunday, July 25th and make your child a traditional German School Cone to make their first day of school bitter sweet.

For more information on the museum's exhibits, programs, events, classes, and workshops, visit www.gahc.org or call 563-322-8844. General Admission is: Adults: $5; Seniors: $4; Children (5-17 years old): $3; Free for children under 5. Museums members are free. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturday open 10 am- 4 pm; Sunday open 12 pm- 4 pm.

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DAVENPORT, IOWA (July 6, 2010) The German American Heritage Museum will be offering free workshops to local teachers featuring curriculum material and resources, as well as a traveling trunk option. The first workshop will be held on Tuesday July 13th from 1-3 pm or 6-8 pm at the German American Heritage Center located on 2nd street at the end of the Centennial Bridge in Davenport IA. Additional sessions will be held on July 20th and 27th from 1-3 pm or 6-8 pm. These workshops are free of charge to teachers and refreshments will be provided.

During the workshop, teachers will take a tour of the third floor exhibit, move up to the fourth floor and receive packets for curriculum to take back to their classrooms for the upcoming school year. These packets will include : information about German Immigration to the Quad Cities, various activities and ideas for assignments in all subject areas. Different curriculum materials will be provided for 4th to 6th grade, 7th to 8th grade and 9th to 12th grade.

For more information on the workshop contact M-Hogg@ wiu.edu or visit www.gahc.org For more information on the museum's exhibits, programs, events, classes, and workshops, visit www.gahc.org or call 563-322-8844. General Admissions is: Adults: $5; Seniors: $4; Children (5-17 years old): $3; Free for children under 5. Museums members are free. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturday open 10 am- 4 pm; Sunday open 12 pm- 4 pm.

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