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Davenport, IA- The German American Heritage Center is happy to announce the Grand Opening of the new exhibit, Eye of the Beholder: The Photography of Bradley W. Schaupp on Sunday, February 10th from 12-4 during our Fasching Open House. In this exhibit, Christine Powers shares the photography of her grandfather, Bradley W. Schaupp and the images he captured over a lifetime. Educated at the famed Fred Archer School of Photography, his works range from portraiture to nature and still life.

The open house will feature this new exhibit along with information on the German Mardi Gras, Fasching. Enjoy treats and the music of renownd pianist Troy Harris of Enjoy With Troy! Free Admission! GAHC is located at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA, off of  the base of the Centennial Bridge. For more information contact Kelly at 563-322-8844 or

Davenport, IA- The German American Heritage Center will be celebrating its new exhibit,Vintage Vows &Veils, with a mock wedding ceremony in German! Hear the ceremony as nativeGermans or immigrants might have experienced it. Come and learn about traditional Germanceremonies, enjoy wedding cake, and see the beautiful new exhibit. As another feature, we willhave a pastor on hand to bless your family Bible. Make your family heirloom even more specialto pass down to your loved ones. The program begins at 2pm, but stop in starting at noon toenjoy the exhibitions. Admission is $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, and $3 Children 5-17. Members arefree. For more information visit or call Kelly at 563-322-8844.The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA, right off thebase of the Centennial Bridge.
Sausage Saturday Tomorrow!!!
with Jerry's Market!

Drop into GAHC anytime from 10am till 2pm to sample sausages and other treats from Jerry's Market from Moline!

Stock Up Now for Holiday Meals & Great Gifts!

Local Products from Local Producers!

Free Samples!

Upcoming Sausage Saturdays!


Join us tomorrow SAT. NOVEMBER 17th for Samples from Jerry's Market in Moline, IL
SAT. NOVEMBER 24th for Samples fromBavaria Sausage in Madison, WI
SAT. DECEMBER 15th for Samples from Bierstube/Haun Meats, Dubuque, IA
"Stories of Silent Night" or Stille Nacht as it was originally written in German in Austria almost 200 years ago. This is the theme of our annual holiday exhibit opening Saturday, November 10th at the German American Heritage Center.

The lyrics were written by Joseph Mohr in 1816 in a poem form which he took to Franz Gruber to compose music for two voices, a guitar, and a choir for the Christmas eve mass in 1818 in Oberndorf Austria, near Salzburg. There are many stories and suppositions on why the song was written hastily for guitar and not for organ. Some say mice ate away at the organ and other say it was just in disrepair. It was performed for many people at the St. Nicholas church, which later flooded and is now replaced with the Silent Night Memorial Chapel. Here, hundreds gather each year to remember the creation of this song of peace. The song is now translated into over 300 languages and is used to celebrate Christmas all over the world!

The exhibit tells this story in detail, showing images of the key players and places. We have a space to listen to the song in many languages, crafts for kids, and costumes of several different cultures that we feature in our holiday traditions portion of the exhibit. Special thanks to the Silent Night Society, The Swenson Center, Viva Quad Cities, the Putnam Museum, and Dr. Carl Phillip von Maldeghem, Director of the State Theater of Salzburg, Austria.

The exhibit runs through January 6th, Three Kings Day and is located just off of the Centennial Bridge at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA. Admission is $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, and $3 Kids ages 5-17. Free for members. GAHC is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am till 4pm and Sundays 12pm to 4pm. For more information contact Kelly at 563-322-8844 or
Our trip includes the bus ride to Chicago, where we will have lunch in the city and stroll through the Christmas Markets in addition to seeing this heartwarming holiday musical! Reservations are needed now to hold tickets at the theater! Please call 563-322-8844 or email today!

At the Mercury Theater in Chicago. Reserve your tickets today.  Members: $100, non-members: $110.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH 5pm to 8pm!

Dear Fellow Beer lover,

There are only 3 days left to get reduced price tickets to the Suds! Beer tasting this Saturday!
Call Kelly at 563-322-8844 to reserve your tickets at reduced price now!
German style, local, regional and home brew beers!

Advance Tickets

$18 Members
$20 Non-members
At the Door

$25 for all

Come enjoy fellowship, beer, German sausages and treats, beer, and live music as we celebrate the last weeks of our popular exhibition Suds! and German American Month!


Genealogy Workshops
with Theresea Liewer
At the German American Heritage Center
Sunday, October 21st

Session One- 12:30-2:00

Naturalization and Passenger Lists

Session Two- 2:30-3:30

Military Records

Pre-registration Required. $10 per session for members, $15 per session for non-members.

Join us for these fantastic workshops presented by an expert in the field of genealogy! Theresa Liewer has been a member of the Iowa Genealogical Society for over  35 years, is a past president, and teaches classes there on a volunteer basis.

She'll take you on a step by-step journey through the naturalization process in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the records that are created, and where they can be found. She'll also discuss immigration records where they can be found, with emphasis on online locating tips!  Military record essentials from the Revolutionary War through WW II will be reviewed.


Theresa combines information with just a touch of humor to send you away enthused about finding your family records!

Davenport, IA- The German American Heritage Center will be hosting Rochelle Pennington as she presents two Christmas themed programs on Saturday, October 27th at 10am and one at 2pm.

Rochelle will start off our two month long holiday celebration at 10am with her talk on the Christmas Truce of WWI. The Christmas Truce was a series of widespread unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I. Parties of German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and sing Silent Night between their trenches. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many soldiers from both sides ventured into a "no man's land," where they mingled, exchanging food and souvenirs.

At 2pm Rochelle will return to tell the heartwarming tale of the Christmas Schooner, the famous ship that brought Christmas trees to German immigrant families in Chicago. This year is the 100th anniversary of its last voyage before its mysterious wreck.

Rochelle Pennington is an award winning author; her presentations will be $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 for children and free for members per session. GAHC is located at the foot of the Centennial Bridge at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA. Call 563-322-8844 for more information or visit

Davenport, IA- You will find beer, music, German food, and more beer at the first annual Suds! Beer Tasting at the German American Heritage Center on Saturday October 13 th from 5-8pm! Local, regional, German, and even homebrewed beer will be sampled and enjoyed as we celebrate the final days of the exhibition Suds! on the brewing process, German drinking traditions, and Quad City brewing heritage.

Get your tickets now! $18 for members and $20 for non-members in advance and $25 at the door. Must be 21+. This event is sponsored by Vanguard Distributing Company. Call 563-322-8844 or visit GAHC at 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA to get
you tickets!