We have a variety of great offerings for you and your family or friends this weekend! We hope you will join us for one (or all!) of these events!
Friday, Oct 17- 3pm & 7pm
Turner presentation at the Butterworth Center, Moline- FREE!

World-Class Physical Culture on a One Dollar Investment


Presented by Dr. Ed Thomas


The Quad-Cities led the way during the Golden Era of physical training from around 1885-1920, including the Turners Society and the Turnvereine or gymnastic unions. The methods, materials, and motivators of classical physical training systems from that period are being rediscovered nationwide, and this visual presentation will explore unique opportunities for the Quad Cities to once again lead the way in physical culture.


This program has been facilitated with the assistance of the German American Heritage Center, Davenport.

Sat. Oct. 18th 9:30-3:30
Free Teacher's Workshop from the Goethe Institute!


There is still room to sign up for this free workshop for Educators & Educators to be!

The workshop will focus on those in the fields of social studies, history, sociology, environmental studies, pre-engineering, sports and German language teachers.

A certificate for 6 hours of attendance credit is available from WIU for this event. The presenter and materials are furnished to us by the Goethe Institute, which is funded as a cultural arm of the German government and is high quality.

The workshop will include information on how you may qualify for a free, all-expense study trip to Germany. A 2012 recipient of this award came from the North Scott School District, and it would be exciting to see another area educator take part in the next round!

Snacks and Lunch Provided -Call 563-322-8844 to register!

Sat. Oct. 18th 6pm-8pm
SUDS II Beer Tasting!


Raise your Glass to Support the German American Heritage Center at this year's beer tasting!

SUDS II is the third annual beer tasting at GAHC with the MUGZ home brewers. Our friends at MUGZ will be brewing up German style beers while Jerry's Market will be on hand with German sausages and potato salad. Come enjoy this fun atmosphere of great beer, food, and more as we support the educational programs and exhibitions at GAHC.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Must be 21 and over.
For tickets or more info contact Kelly at

Please join us in congratulating our friends in the American Schleswig-Holstein Heritage Society on their first 25 years! The public is invited for a celebration and stroll down memory lane.



MAY 18, 2014

Starting at 1:30pm




Walcott, IA

Special guest, History booklet, Slide presentation, Light refreshments

Sunday, November 3rd at 2pm. Only $5 per child!

Join instructor Kathi Hofmann as we create our own paper lanterns for St. Martins day just like children in Germany! Two designs to choose from and adult helpers are free!
to register today!
"Lantern, lantern, sun, moon, and stars. . . " This refrain echoes through the autumn streets of Germany every year on November 11. Happy children with colorful, handmade lanterns promenade through the streets, cheerfully singing songs they learned by heart. The candles in the lanterns flicker playfully, bringing a sparkle to the children's eyes.

St. Martin was born Martinus the son of a Roman military tribune in Savaria, in what is now Hungary. He joined the Roman army as a youth. At the age of 18 he was baptized and in 371 became the third bishop of Tours, a city in France. He performed missionary work and helped the poor and ostracized.

Legend has it that at the gates of Amiens, Martin met a poor, scantily clothed beggar who asked him for help from the freezing cold. But Martin had nothing with him other than his military cloak, so he decided to share it with the man. With one stroke, he split his warm cloak in two and gave one half to the man, who was deeply grateful. After performing this act of generosity, Martin left the military service so he could help people in need and value love greater than force.

While each year more and more families are celebrating Halloween in Germany, the big fall tradition for children is still the St. Martin's Day lantern procession. It is primarily a religious tradition. There are some similarities to Halloween- children are rewarded for their singing and their homemade paper lanterns with candy, money and other treats. But you won't see any gruesome costumes or spooky tricks in St. Martin's Day processions, just kids bundled up against the chilly November night


We celebrate the end of the exhibition Land & Water with a presentation from Dr. Cora Lee Kluge, professor of German at the University of Wisconsin Madison, highlighting the story of how engineers in the US became quite interested in flood control methods used in Germany and during WWII they used German POWs to construct a 200-acre outdoor working model of the Mississippi River!

Join us for this can't miss program and the last day of Land & Water!

Mark your Calendars!
Sat. Nov. 2nd 5-8pm- Arts & Draughts Beer Tasting
Sun. Nov. 3rd 2pm- St. Martin's Day Lantern Workshop for Kids!
Sat. Nov. 9th & Sun. Nov. 10th Springerle Workshops!
Still time to register and space in all classes!
Call Kelly @  www.gahc.org for more upcoming events!

Enjoy beer, food, fun, and art at our fundraiser Arts & Draughts!

Join us as we sample BIER from our friends at MUGZ. We will also be featuring art from local artists and delicious treats! Come support educational programs and exhibits by raising a glass at the German American Heritage Center!

For more information, call Kelly at 563-322-8844 or email kelly.lao@gahc.org

NOVEMBER 2nd 5-8pm


German American Heritage Center
Help us welcome Beth Waterhouse to GAHC & Ernest Oberholtzer's hometown of Davenport!

2pm-4pm at the German American Heritage Center
Thursday, Sept. 26th
German American Heritage Center
712 W Second Street
Davenport, Iowa 52802
We are excited for all of our upcoming programs and offerings! Read below to find out more!

Springerle Workshop Discount Extended for Members!
Members- receive $5 off when registering for BOTH of our upcoming Springerle workshops!
Sat. Nov. 9th
12:30 - Papercasting
2:30 - Cookies
Sun. Nov. 10th
12:30 - Papercasting
2:30  - Cookies

Each workshop is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. If you are a member and register for both classes before Sunday, September 22nd, you will receive $5 off!

Don't Forget about our FREE CONCERT tomorrow! Flutes Unlimited of the Quad Cities will be performing a homage to Water & Waves at 7pm on Thursday, September 19th! Donations will be heartily welcomed!

German American Heritage Center

Saturday, Sept. 7th & Sunday, Sept. 8th at 2:00pm at Bettendorf High School Performing Arts Center

See the Wisconsin Public Television documentary "Wisconsin's Nazi Resistance:  The Mildred Fish Harnack Story" developed by WPT's Joel Waldinger who will be present to introduce the film and take questions after the showing. Cost is $5 at the door and free for students with a valid student I.D.

Joel Waldinger will also lead our Educators' Workshop on the film on Saturday, September 7th from 10am till 12pm. Area history teachers at the middle, high school, and college level are welcome to attend free of charge. Participants will receive classroom materials and a copy of the documentary. Pre-registration is required. Teachers may register for the workshop at:


Read the movie review by Linda Cook here:


Don't forget to see the accompanying exhibit from the Milwaukee Jewish Museum at GAHC now through November 3rd.

This exhibit and related programming is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and the Holocaust Education Committee of the Greater Quad City Area.

visit gahc.org for more info

Travel to Austria (through images!) With Dorothy Stevenson!

Sunday, August 25th at 2pm
Join Dorothy Stevenson for a 3-D presentation on projected stereo images of Austria! Learn about Stereoscopes and see first-hand how these devices turn ordinary photos into extraordinary experiences! Travel across the world without the jet-lag!

For more information, call 563-322-8844 or email kelly.lao@gahc.org!
GAHC is located at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA
Visit us at the Studio 1 Beverage Tent on SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th from 5pm until 8:30pm
Support live music and the German American Heritage Center. By purchasing your beverages at our tent and tipping our loyal volunteers, you will be helping us to provide great programs and events like these: http://gahc.org/calendar.htm

Thank you!

AUGUST 17th - 5pm-8:30pm

River Roots Live
for complete lineup and ticket information: