The Mannerchor Penzlin 1907 E.V. will be performing for free at Marycrest Senior Campus' Upham Theater, located at 1607 W12th St in Davenport, on Monday April 16th at 7pm. The Mannerchor Penzlin 1907 E.V. is a men's choir from Northern Germany.

Founded in 1907, the choir has existed for over 100 years, was active during the GDR and continued and extended its work after the unification of Germany. The choir has a diverse repertoire reaching from classical to modern arrangements, but its central aim is the preservation of German folk and Shanty (sailor songs).

This April, 30 members of the choir will perform its multifarious repertoire throughout the Midwest. Christian Bomeier is the conductor. This event is sponsored by the Riverboat Development Authority.

The German American Heritage Center is seeking entries to the Mercedes Benz Car Show on April 29th from 12 to 4pm. Classic and vintage models preferred. No entry free and all participants will receive free admission to the "Beetle to Benz" exhibition! For details contact Kelly at 563-322-8844 or email
Davenport, IA- The German American Heritage Center has opened its new exhibit "Beetle to
Benz!" There is fun for the whole family in this exhibit highlighting the history of two iconic
German cars! See vintage Volkswagen ads or get your photo behind a classic Mercedes Benz
cutout. The exhibit runs through June 3rd with lots of related programs and activities along the
way! Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children. GAHC is located at 712 W.
2nd St. Davenport, Iowa. Call 563-322-8844, visit, or email
for details.

Now open - our newest temporary exhibit: "From Beetle to Benz" featuring the history and trivia of two iconic German cars, the Mercedes-Benz and the Volkswagen.  Lots of fun facts and plenty to enjoy for all ages!   Drop in soon to the First Floor Gallery and bring a friend!

Davenport- The reader's theater play "The White Rose: A True Story of Freedom in Nazi Germany" by Josephine Cripps will be performed on Saturday February 11th at 1:30pm with a second performance at 3:00pm. The play is directed by Nathan Porteshawver and has a cast of local actors who tell the tale of the White Rose, a resistance group consisting of many young university students that resisted Hitler and paid for it with their lives.

The performance will be held at the German American Heritage Center at 712 West 2nd St. Davenport, IA, in conjunction with the White Rose exhibit running through the 24th of February. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children ages 5-17. Free for members and children under age 5. Refreshments will follow the 3:00 performance. Support for the play is provided by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, the Rock Island Community Foundation, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, and the Rauch Family Foundation II and the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. For more information contact Kelly Lao at GAHC, 563-322-8844 or

Davenport- Automotive historian Bill Jepsen will be giving an illustrated presentation on the history of the Duesenberg brothers and the auto they developed right here in Iowa! 'It's a Doozy:The Life, Times & Automobiles of German Born & Iowa Raised Fred & August Duesenberg' will be presented on Saturday March 10th at 2pm at the German American Heritage Center, located at 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA. Presentation lasts approximately one hour and will be followed by a question and answer session. Jepsen is the author of "Made in Iowa: Iowa's Automobiles - An Entertaining and Enlightening History." Books will be available for $25 ( a $39.99 value!)

For more information, visit or call 563-322-8844. Free with admission. $5
Adults, $4 Seniors and $3 Children ages 3-17.

Photo: Fred and August Duesenberg, courtesy of Bill Jepsen

Davenport- The German American Heritage Center, located at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport,  presents Becky Wright "The Quilt Lady" as she gives a talk on "The Sequel: Christian Staffinger and his Civil War Quilt" at 2pm on Sunday February 19th. Becky will update us on the exciting events that occurred since her last talk at GAHC surrounding Christian Staffinger, the German immigrant who crafted Becky's beloved quilt. Event is free with admission.

For more information call 563-322-8844 or visit Join the Quilt Lady on Saturday February 18th from 1pm till 5pm for a quilting workshop at GAHC. Using one of her Orphans of War patterns "Reap the Whirlwind", Becky will show participants how to create one of these beautiful pieces. Registration fee is $35 and is payable at registration by February 15th. Patterns (a $10 value) are included in the fee. Materials list will become available at time of registration. To register call 563-322-8844 or email:

GAHC is proud to host the talk: Easter Traditions in Germany presented by Kathlyn Hofmann on Sunday February 26, 2012 at 2pm at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA 52802. This presentation will acquaint you with German Easter traditions - some similar - some different from the way Easter is celebrated in the USA. 

Special highlight is a series of slides: "Osterbrunnen," elaborately decorated wells and fountains found in the Franconia area of northern Bavaria. Kathlyn lived in Germany for 27 years teaching German and ESL for the DoDEA School System. Since 2009, she has taught several beginning and intermediate German language classes at the GAHC. Free with admission.

Davenport- The German American Heritage Center and SAU Music Dept. are proud to present The Des Moines Metro Opera's 2 hour performance in English of Mozart's The Magic Flute on Tuesday February 7th at 7pm at the Rogalski Center at Saint Ambrose University, located at 518 West Locust St. Davenport, IA.

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! One of our most popular shows, The Magic Flute returns to OPERA Iowa after an absence of ten years and is the perfect opera to delight and dazzle audiences of all ages. Sung in English with piano accompaniment. Show lasts approximately 2 hours.

Tickets are $15 for General Admission, $25 for Premium seating, and free for students with I.D. Tickets are available at the German American Heritage Center at 563-322-8844 and at 712 West Second St. Davenport, IA. Visit our website for more information. This event is made possible by the Riverboat Development Authority.
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:

On Feb 4th at 4pm the film, "The White Rose" will be re-shown at the Figge Art Museum in the John Deere Auditorium. The Figge is located at 225 W. 2nd St. Davenport, Ia. Admission is $5 or free for students with I.D.

During the Second World War, a small group of students at the University of Munich begin to question the decisions of Germany's Nazi government. The students' form a resistance cell
which they name the "White Rose" and secretly distribute newsletters to the public. At first small in numbers and fearful of discovery, the White Rose begins to gain massive support after a Nazi Gauleiter nearly incites a student riot after a provocative speech. At this point, the matter is taken over by the German Gestapo, who pledges to hunt down and destroy the members of the White Rose.

Lena Stolze stars in this acclaimed feature film based on the true story of five German students- -Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, Willi Graf, Christoph Probst, Alexander Schmorell--and their
professor Kurt Huber who, as the White Rose, protested the Nazi regime.

On February 5th at 1pm and at 4pm, the film, "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days" will be shown at the Figge Art Museum in the John Deere Auditorium. The Figge is located at 225 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA. Admission for the film is $5 or free for students with I.D.

2005 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign language Film, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days is the true story of Germanys most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to thrilling dramatic life. Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose.

Using historical records of her incarceration, the film re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless. -IMDB review

This film is shown in conjunction with the exhibit The White Rose at the German American Heritage Center located at 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA. Sponsored by GAHC, The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and the German Consulate of Chicago, Rauch Family Foundation II, Doris and Victor Day Foundation, and the Rock Island Community Foundation.