DAVENPORT, IOWA (April 3, 2019) — 

Davenport Sister Cities Spring Social

Thursday, April 4, 5-7PM @ Me & Billy

200 W 3rd St Davenport, IA

Set your plans for the upcoming Kaiserslautern delegation visit and K-Square renovation. Stock up on K-Town gear to welcome our visitors.

Learn about the return of the Kaiserslautern Youth Exchange and our upcoming 60th Anniversary with Kaiserslautern, one of the oldest Sister City partnerships in the nation.

Celebrate our next Davenport delegation travel to Carlow County, Ireland, including our own Mayor Frank Klipsch and representatives from Mid City High School's Urban Farm, developing international agricultural resources for Davenport youth.

Join local leaders and friends to celebrate the impact of citizen diplomacy in Davenport, including a recent visit from our partners in Langfang China, upcoming visitors from Kaiserslautern, and summer travel to Carlow County, Ireland.

We are hosted by our partners at Me and Billy in their fabulous Fairhaven Room with light hors d'oeuvres provided and cash bar available. Please r.s.v.p. to Nevada at the City of Davenport at nlemke@ci.davenport.ia.us

Eiermarkt Spring Craft Fair

Saturday, April 6, 10-2PM

Free Admission

Our annual Eiermarkt Spring Craft fair is back. Come visit us and all of our local vendors to find some treats, goodies, and local crafts this Easter season. We have over 15 vendors providing a variety of goods to shop for.

Admission is FREE!

The Eiermarkt Spring Craft Fair will be on the 4th floor of the German American Heritage Center on Saturday, April 6, 10-2PM.

Willkommen Kaiserslautern! Open House

Saturday, April 13, 6-8PM

Free Admission

Davenport Sister Cities & The German American Heritage Center invite YOU to meet and greet the delegation from Davenport's longest running Sister-city during the kick-off to 60 years in 2020!

Tours, refreshments, and more! Join us for the FREE open house to the public and show your support for our sister city relationships in Germany and around the world!

This open house will be at the German American Heritage Center on April 13th from 6-8PM.


Kaiserslautern Delegation Visit Includes Youth Exchange

Eleven students from Davenport’s longest sister city of Kaiserslautern visit Davenport West High School and attend classes April 8-24. This school visit coincides with the delegation visit from Kaiserslautern’s city government.

These German students are from the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics program at the Heinrich-Heine Gymnasium (HHG) in Kaiserslautern. While in Davenport, the students of HHG will also participate in the 11th annual Trebuchet Contest hosted by the Quad City Engineering and Science Council on April 20.

The German students welcomed Davenport West students of the award-winning robotics program to Kaiserslautern last summer. The exchange in Germany was hosted by HHG and the Kaiserslautern International Women's Club who provided a variety of touring opportunities and STEM experiences, including German Robotics competition. The exchange was supported by the Goethe Institute, who took interest in the STEM focus and participation of German language students from West.

While in the Quad Cities, the German and American students will also visit local engineering and manufacturing corporate partners, including MA Ford, Genesis Systems, John Deere, and Guardian Glass. Their visit will include tours hosted by Scott Community College of the advanced manufacturing facilities at the Blong Technology Center and by Cinnamon Ridge Farms of their robotic dairy operation. The farm tour will include insight by owner John Maxwell on the STEM careers involved in agriculture and a Farm to Table meal at the farm. Students will also visit the Museum of Science and Industry and Navy Pier in Chicago and the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire.

The exchange itinerary includes a day of celebration on Saturday, April 13 when students and visitors from Kaiserslautern's city government will attend a 10 a.m. groundbreaking of the Kaiserslautern Square renovation in downtown Davenport, and a visit to the FIGGE where at 1PM the Goethe Institut documentary on the exchange will be debuted. That evening the German American Heritage Center will host Kaiserslautern city representatives and students for a 6 p.m. reception (open to the public) featuring the "Kaiserslautern: Davenport's Sister City" exhibit on display at the center until May 12.

Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Davenport, Iowa, became sister cities on June 10, 1960. The 60th anniversary of this relationship is next year.

About Davenport Sister Cities

Davenport Sister Cities supports partnerships and exchanges between the citizens of the City of Davenport and different communities around the world. They strive to promote awareness and understanding of other countries and cultures through reciprocal cultural, educational, and professional exchanges. For more information, visit www.davenportsistercities.org.

Holy Week Travelogue

Wednesday, April 17 @ 6:30PM

Free Admission

Another amazing trip with Blue Horizon Travel is around the corner for July 16- 25th, 2020! This time, we will explore “The Romantic Road and more on the way to the Passion Play”! An informational meeting on the stops, sights, and other locations will be presented at the German American Heritage Center on April 17 at 6:30PM on the Fourth Floor. This informational meeting is FREE for those interested.

Stops include Heidelberg, Rothenburg, Garmisch, Munich, and, of course, Oberammergau and their world-famous performance of the Passion Play.

Learn more about this tour at this April 17 informational meeting at the GAHC or see our travel section on our website for details!


GAHC Closed Easter Weekend

The German American Heritage Center & Museum will be closed Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21 for the Easter Weekend.


Come Volunteer With Us!

We are looking for volunteers in 4 different areas: Front Desk Volunteers, Special Events Volunteers, Docents, and Building and Grounds Committee.

Front Desk Volunteers: Help greet visitors to the GAHC! Training provided. Work as little or as much as you like- scheduled days available. Shifts are from Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-1PM or 1-4PM; Sundays,12-4PM. Want to help only on Special Event days- let us know! Give the gift of time this year at the GAHC! If you’d like to volunteer at the front desk, contact Corey at info@gahc.org.

Special Events: The GAHC holds special events throughout the year which require a larger number of volunteers to be on hand. Examples of these events are: The Best of the Wurst Sausage Competition, Annual Bier Tasting, Christkindlmarkt Holiday Craft Fair, etc. We may need assistance with ticket sales/check in, directing the increased number of visitors, etc. These are often fun but busy events and are not possible without the help of volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering for special events, contact Corey at info@gahc.org.

Docents: The GAHC offers guided tours of our exhibits led by volunteer docents. Docent volunteers must have an interest in history and be comfortable with public speaking. Tours are scheduled only when one has been requested. There is no experience or specialized knowledge required — new docents will be trained by museum staff. This is a good position for anyone interested in history and museum education. If you’re interested in becoming a docent, contact Corey at info@gahc.org.

Building and Grounds Committee: Do you have knowledge of building issues, historic structures, or are just plain handy? The B&G committee is seeking new members to attend 6 meetings per year and help deal with the many issues that arise with a structure like ours! Meetings are on the first Wednesday of every other month at 10AM and typically last one hour. Contact Kelly at kelly.lao@gahc.org.

Looking For a Venue For Your Next Special Event?

Have your next gathering here at the GAHC and save big, Your rental-dollars help us fund our educational programming. In addition, more people will see our beautiful event space and learn about our facility, We can help save you from the cleaning and hassle of having guests at your home. An event at GAHC allows your guest ample parking, we set up the room for you, and you can bring your own food and beverage,

We have many openings — even at the holidays. Hold your class reunion, baby shower, wedding gift-opening day, potluck, anniversary party, club or organizational meeting, family board-game night, graduation, or anything you can think of in our gorgeous space that looks out onto the Mississippi River and Centennial Bridge, We seat up to 100 comfortably, or 150 cocktail style, and can add on Museum Tours.

Call today to speak with Sami and let us do the work for your next event. Call 563-322-8844 or email info@gahc.org.

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