DAVENPORT, IOWA (June 20, 2019) — From all of us here at the German American Heritage Center, thank you to all participates in QC Museum Week 2019! We had a blast interacting with guests (both local and out of state). We look forward to do even more come next year.

Birdies for Charity, John Deere Classic 2019, Pledge Cards Due by 07/05

You did it! You helped us reach 25 years as an amazing organization that has an impressive impact in the Arts and Culture of the Quad Cities, our State, and beyond! With your help we can continue the work of making our ancestors proud by ensuring a future for the Center.

We will help accomplish this lofty goal with a special matching campaign during our most successful fundraiser. This year during Birdies for Charity, we have secured a 25% match for our 25th anniversary. This means that your gift, which is matched by the John Deere Classic, will also be matched by generous donors who believe in our mission here at the German American Heritage Center.

Last year, the GAHC was fortunate to raise $85,078.61 + 8.2% bonus of $6,976.45 =$92,055.06! 100% of every pledge collected for the Center goes directly to us! Simply fill out a pledge card with your information and pledge amount. Pledges need to be at least one penny per birdie, or can be a one- time flat donation. You will be able to guess the number of birdies recorded during the John Deere Classic for your chance to win a car or other prizes!

Please send your form to GAHC no later than Friday, 07/05.

Summer Historic Walking Tours, 06/01-08/31

Come enjoy our historic walking tour and learn about where German immigrants worked, lived, and created a community. The walking tour will share details of their personal lives, as well as notable architectural styles found throughout downtown and the Gold Coast. Tours meet at the center each Saturday from June 1-August 31 at 10:30AM, $5/ticket. Bring your walking shoes and a water!

2nd Annual Best of the Wurst, Saturday, June 22, 2019, 11AM–3 PM

Join us on Saturday, June 22, 11AM-3PM, for our second-annual Best of the Wurst Sausage Competition! Sample sausage from local vendors, purchase delicious food, enjoy an ice cold beer, listen to music by the Guttenberg German Band, and vote for the "Best of the Wurst!"

Tickets are $5. Children under 12 are free!

Call for Volunteers

Do you have a love for German food and drink? Do you want to help the GAHC bring German culture to the Quad Cities?

Consider volunteering at the Best of the Wurst! For information regarding helping out at the event, please contact Corey at info@gahc.org.

Fermentation 101, July 7, 2PM

Join us on Sunday, July 7 at 2pm for Fermentation 101!

Fermentation is a safe, easy and economical way to preserve food and create probiotic-rich meals and beverages. Join Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness educator from University of Illinois Extension to learn more about what you need to get started and create a quality product. She will walk you through a sauerkraut demo and ginger ale recipe you can make at home. Additional food/beverage samples and resources will be provided.

Tickets are $8 and may be purchased on Eventbrite:

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Meet the Schumanns, Lecture by Jacob Bancks, June 29 @ 2-3PM

She was Europe's greatest pianist; He was a leading musical thinker with a dark side. Her father forbade their marriage; He took her father to court and won. Come meet Robert and Clara Schumann, the Nineteenth Century's most celebrated musical couple.

This program is included with general admission:

Adult: $5 | Senior: $4 | Child: $3 | Member: Free

Kaffee und Kuchen, June 30, 2-3PM

Join us on Sunday, June 30, at 2PM for a special double-presentation. Wake up with a history of coffee presented by Greg Wolf of the Quad City Botanical Center followed by a presentation on "Kaffee & Kuchen" in Germany and Switzerland by Suzanne Tanner of Suzanne's Swiss Bakery. Samples of Melitta coffee and Suzanne's Swiss Bakery Berliners available! Supply Limited!

This program included with general admission:

Adult: $5 | Senior: $4 | Child: $3 | Member: Free

Fantastic Foam and More! July 6, 2-3PM

Join us on Saturday, July 6, at 2PM for a demonstration by Absolute Science! This show will even make your hair stand up! You will experience items disappearing in clear liquids with our refraction oil and see the power of a Van De Graaff generator, but no show is complete without foam, LOTS of foam with our fantastic foam experiment where the children are the stars!

Tickets are $5

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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, and 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.

Volunteer Today!

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