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October 2018

Nazi Looted Art: Culture, Barbarism, and Justice

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
German American Heritage Center & Museum, 712 W 2nd St
Davenport, IA 52802 United States
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We are so excited to partner with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, The Jewish Federation of Peoria, and the Figge Art Museum to welcome back Dr. Jonathan Petropoulos to the Quad Cities! His fascinating presentations were given to over 300 people just a few short years ago. This partnership is part of the exhibit "French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950" appearing at the Figge Art Museum from October 9, 2018- January 6, 2019. On Monday, October 22 @…

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Emigration History from the German Perspective

October 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
German American Heritage Center & Museum, 712 W 2nd St
Davenport, IA 52802 United States
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Five years after the 875th anniversary of Tiefenort, emigration history from the Grand Duchy Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach area has been written and published for the first time in the English language by the author, Astrid Adler. Adler will present at the German American Heritage Center & Museum on Wed. Oct. 24th from 5- 7 PM. She will share her research and will have books available for sale and signing! “Our Ancestors Were German“ explains the reasons for emigration during the 19th century…

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Darker Side of Davenport Ghost Tours

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Once again, the German American Heritage Center will present our second annual DARKER SIDE OF DAVENPORT WALKING TOUR! With last year's success, we would like to offer our spooky tour again with some new and equally gruesome additions. The tour is about 1.6 miles long and should take an hour and a half. Grab your walking shoes and a water bottle and join us on select dates in October as we explore downtown Davenport and share the many haunts, murders,…

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Tiffany Window Immersion & Wine Tasting in Dubuque

October 27 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The GAHC and our friends at First Presbyterian are teaming up for a special bus tour on Saturday, Oct. 27th from 8:30- 5 PM We will start with a bus tour of historic Dubuque, setting the scene for the prosperity in the 19th century. It will be followed by a guided tour of St. Luke’s Methodist Church. examining its Richardsonian design and home to the fifth largest collection of Tiffany Windows. Each window is unique and a church docent will…

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Beyond Chivalrous Men & Hoop-Skirted Women: Gender in Civil War Imagery

October 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
German American Heritage Center & Museum, 712 W 2nd St
Davenport, IA 52802 United States
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Join us at the German American Heritage Center in a discussion of gender in imagery and reality during the Civil War in this lecture titled "Beyond Chivalrous Men & Hoop-Skirted Women: Gender in Civil War Imagery". Jane Simonsen is Professor of History & Gender Studies at Augustana College. This lecture will occur on Sun. Oct 28th from 2-4 PM. Also, see the GAHC's new exhibit " The Civil War: Seen Through the Eyes of German-American Caricaturists"! Open from Sept. 24th…

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November 2018

Felted Christmas Ornament Workshop

November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
German American Heritage Center & Museum, 712 W 2nd St
Davenport, IA 52802 United States
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Our felted ornament workshop class is back! Sign-up to get hands-on instruction on wet-felting wool around styrofoam to create homemade and beautiful Christmas ornaments! Learn how to add embellishment and needle-felt ornaments inside of cookie cutters. It will be sure to add a crafty touch to your tree this year! This workshop will have the expertise of Gisela McDonald in creating wonderful homemade ornaments, no supplies needed! Spots are available : $15 for Members $20 for Nonmembers Space is limited…

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Autumn Scherenschnitte Classes

November 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
German American Heritage Center & Museum, 712 W 2nd St
Davenport, IA 52802 United States
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Fall is upon us and Keith is back with some new designs! Keith will teach the German paper cutting art of Scherenschnitte with a nice autumn twist! Two classes will take place on Saturday, November 10th on the 4th floor of the German American Heritage Center. Interested in the designs? See the preview in the banner above! The 2-dimensional class begins at 10 Am and the 3-dimensional class begins at 11:30. Cost is $15 members, $20 non-members, and $25 both…

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Second Saturdays: St. Martin’s Day Hedgehog Lanterns

November 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
German American Heritage Center & Museum, 712 W 2nd St
Davenport, IA 52802 United States
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Come join us for fun German-inspired children’s activities from 1-2pm: Come by and craft your St. Martin's Day Lanterns! The nights before and on the night of Nov. 11, children in Germany walk in processions carrying lanterns, which they made in school, and sing Martin songs. Usually, the walk starts at a church and goes to a public square. A man on horseback dressed like St. Martin accompanies the children. When they reach the square, Martin’s bonfire is lit and…

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The Demise of German-Iowan Newspapers During World War I

November 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
German American Heritage Center & Museum, 712 W 2nd St
Davenport, IA 52802 United States
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Prior to World War I, Iowa had some 40 thriving German newspapers. By 1926, all but four had ceased publication. Anti-German sentiment during the war caused the majority of these papers to either switch to English or close operations entirely, including Iowa's premier German-American newspaper, the Davenport Demokrat. On November 11th at 2 PM at the German American Heritage Center, Prof. Ehrstine's talk will document the decline of the German-Iowan press between 1915 and 1925, drawing upon the State Historical…

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Art and the Nazi Party

November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
German American Heritage Center & Museum, 712 W 2nd St
Davenport, IA 52802 United States
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Visual art was incredibly important to the Nazi party. Katherine Kunau, Associate Curator of Collections and Exhibitions of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, will discuss the systematic looting of art from Jewish families and occupied territory and contrast that with the distinctive artistic style the Nazis pushed on the German people. This program will be on Sunday, November 18th at the German American Heritage Center & Museum. Admission to the program is included with regular museum admission: $5 for…

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