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Few topics have gripped recent global interest as that of the flight of Syrians and others from the tension-filled Mideast as they flee toward Europe with their families. The wave of refugees has reached a level not seen since the end of World War II and shows no signs of stopping. With every new footprint there are questions and challenges - please come and hear the latest perspective from two professionals who have unique views to share. We invite you as a community to listen, respond, and care. This is an international issue with direct local implications.

The German American Heritage Center Presents:

Herbert Quelle, General Consul of the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, Chicago
Amy Rowell, Director, World Relief, Moline IL

Each will share an overview of their current work with refugees, followed by Q and A.

A freewill donation will be taken to support refugee efforts in three locations:
Kaiserslautern, Germany- Davenport's Sister City
Kronach, Germany- Bettendorf's Sister City
World Relief- Moline, Illinois
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Examined and Explored: The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Germany and the Quad Cities
Thursday, Oct. 29  12:00 - 1:00 pm
Champions Suite, Modern Woodman Park, Davenport, IA

FREE- Reservations required; lunch provided; seating is limited.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at kelly.lao@gahc.org or call 563-322-8844

$20 in Advance & $25 at the Door!
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Join the German American Heritage Center and MUGZ Homebrew Club for our annual Arts & Draughts Beer Tasting on Saturday, October 3 from 6pm-8pm.
We welcome our friends from MUGZ as they brew delicious German-style suds! We will have Jerry's Market on hand selling their famous brat baskets with German potato salad and piano music from Enjoy with Troy!
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Must be 21 or over to attend.
Raise a Glass to Raise Funds! Arts & Draughts is a fundraising event that supports educational programming and exhibits at the German American Heritage Center.

Purchase your tickets by calling 563-322-8844 or emailing kelly.lao@gahc.org. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 West Second St. Davenport, IA at the foot of the Centennial Bridge.

Please join the GAHC in welcoming this impressive speaker as he joins us on his Stickley Roadshow Tour. This event is sponsored by Knilans' Furniture and Interiors and is free and open to the public.

Mike Danial's firsthand knowledge of his topic is extensive. He began his career at the L. & J. G. Stickley Furniture Co. in 1974. In his 37 years at Stickley, he has seen the company grow from 26 employees in 1974 to approximately 1500 employees today. Mike's great-uncle, Vinchenzo Mellache worked for Leopold Stickley in the 1940s through 1959. Mike has worked in every department including Rough Mill, Fine Mill, Sanding, Cabinet Room, and Finishing Department. He even managed the Customer Service Department. In 1988 he became the project director of the Mission Oak Collection which now accounts for approximately 70% of company sales.
Today, Mike serves as Stickley's corporate historian and travels throughout the country lecturing on Stickley Furniture and the American Arts and Crafts movement. He is also the restoration specialist for the firm's corporate museum. When not lecturing, Mike is the author of "Ask Sadie!" the Stickley Answer Desk for the corporate level learning and information systems. He holds a degree in Business Management from New Hampshire College and a degree in Wood Technology from SUNY Morrisville.
This program is part of our exhibition,Built to Last: Gustav Stickley's Legacy of Design, now open through November 1st.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Riverboat Development Authority and Knilans' Furniture and Interiors.

The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 West 2nd St. Davenport, IA. For more information contact Kelly at 563-322-8844 or kelly.lao@gahc.org.

Grab a friend and attend our select daytime event featuring Lori Rochau of Knilan's Furniture. Lori will focus on the development of Gustav Stickley's style and its many manifestations under the "Craftsman" and later labels. Includes light refreshments.

Don't forget to check out our new exhibit, Built to Last: Gustav Stickley's Legacy of Design!
German American Heritage Center
712 W 2nd St.Davenport IA
It's not too late to join us on one of the next two Saturday mornings for a historical walking tour of the Hamburg district and historic 3rd Street district!

10:30 am start time! $5 per person! Sat. Aug 8th and Sat. Aug 15th! Last days!

The tour lasts approx. 1.5 hours and we walk about 1.3 miles. This includes up and downhill steps.

Don't miss out on the tour we have been enjoying all summer long! Call in case of rain or extreme heat- 563.322.8844
Please dress appropriate for weather and bring your own water bottle!

May 23rd, 24th, & 25th 11am-3pm

GAHC members and friends are invited to visit the Davenport City Cemetery on May 23, 24, and 25. In observance of Memorial Day and Cemetery Appreciation Month, the Sexton's Cottage will be open from 11:00 - 3:00 all three days. This is a great opportunity to literally stroll down memory lane to observe and absorb our collective German heritage in a place of quiet and peaceful reflection.

Sunday, May 24th

On Sunday, May 24 a special dedication of the Dohrmann family monument will be held at 2:00. Skip and Shirley Dohrmann, life members of GAHC and long time volunteers, have worked diligently to research their family history and have spearheaded this very meaningful effort to honor their German ancestors at the cemetery.
There will be live music and refreshments. Grave markers and flags of 42 veterans of the Schleswig-Holstein Wars of 1848, 1849 and 1850 will be in place, and graves of all American Armed Forces will be decorated. The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society will be present as well as representatives of several German-American groups in Quad City area.

Speakers include- from the Rock Island Arsenal Col. David Banian, Chief of Staff, Joint Munitions Command, Amy Grosskopf, Director of the Davenport Public Library, and Joy Ellyn Judas will speak about Heinrich Dohrmann and the journey the Dohrmann family made to place a new monument on the grave site.

There will be a porta-potty on site; parking will be on Sturdevant and Division Streets. Additional information is available at 563-449-2358.

Pints and Prints! Brew and Books! Come to the German American Heritage Center on Thursday, May 28th from 6-8pm to try your hand at Gutenberg's printing press technique! We will be creating German dog inspired prints with Andrew Huot of Big River Bindery while enjoying beer from Great River Brewery! Must be 21 or over!

Tickets now available! $20 members/$25 nonmembers - call 563-322-8844 or email kelly.lao@gahc.org to get advance tickets!

GAHC is located at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA. This is part of our Look at the Book exhibition programming. For more information contact Kelly at 563-322-8844 or email kelly.lao@gahc.org.

We encourage you to consider some additional holiday opportunities that have been shared with us; your German heritage is a birthright, maintaining it is source of joy and comfort in our hectic lives.


Sunday, December 14th at 2:00 p.m.

German language Christmas Service with Pastor Michael Wagnitz, a German native.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 801 Washington Ave Lowden, IA 52255



Sunday, December 14th at 4:00 p.m.

German language Christmas Service with Pastors Christopher Neuendorf and John Preus.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1705 Eastern Avenue Davenport, IA 52803


This is a service typical of 19th Century Germany; German-themed refreshments will follow.


Saturday, December 20 at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Christmas Services at the Old Stone Church

The restored Old Stone Church, formerly the Pine Mill German Episcopal Methodist Church near Muscatine will again welcome holiday worshipers. The simple sanctuary with its antique pump organ is a wonderful setting for the nativity story, and it has become a popular Christmas destination for area families. The service features a lot of singing, the Christmas story in German and ends with music by candlelight. Plan to arrive early to secure a seat. Participants should be able to walk up a gravel incline to the church entrance. Directions from Highway 61 are well marked. The church is located near the Pine Creek Mill and Wild Cat Den State Park. Drive past the Pine Creek Mill parking lot and turn left at the stop sign. Stay on this winding gravel road with narrow bridges. The church is one mile ahead at an intersection.

The German American Heritage Center invites you to the annual Holiday Concert of the Davenport Zither Ensemble. This year the group is featuring two outstanding zither guest artists from Wisconsin, Kurt von Eckroth and Jeff Palenik. Watch for Jeff and Anne Prinz from the ensemble appearing on the Friday, Dec. 5 edition of the Paula Sands Show, KWQC Channel 6!

The concert is Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2363 W. 3rd St, Davenport.

Note the change of venue!

Admission is free, but a $5.00 donation is suggested. There will be wonderful zither music and a chance to sing your favorite German Christmas songs. Special thanks to the St Mark congregation for hosting this seasonal event.

George Eaton - ASC Historian from the Rock Island Arsenal speaks on the Military aspects of the WWI Christmas Truce of 1914

Sunday, November 23rd at 2pm

Join us for this interesting presentation and see the exhibition Truce in the Trenches on this same topic. Hope to see you there!

Shop our Christkindlmarkt Gift shop for heirlooms, German made gifts, sweets and treats, and Advent Calendars!

Upcoming event: Dec. 7th 2pm - The Annual Christmas Zither Concert by the Davenport Zither Ensemble will be held at St. Mark EV Lutheran Church at 2363 W 3rd St, Davenport, IA this year. This special concert will include a Peace Candle ceremony, a sing-a-long, and includes special Zither guests!
$5 suggested donation

German American Heritage Center & Museum, 712 W 2nd St, Davenport, Iowa 563-322-8844 www.gahc.org