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The Demise of German-Iowan Newspapers During World War I

November 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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 Society’s extensive collection of German-Iowan newspapers. In particular, the talk will focus on Postville’s Iowa Volksblatt, the Muscatine Herold, and Davenport’s Iowa Reform. The first two papers switched to English
in an effort to survive but soon ceased publication. Iowa Reform, however, continued to publish in German and survived until 1943, becoming Iowa’s last newspaper to provide its readers with current political news in a language other than English.

This program is included with regular admission to the museum:
$5 for Adults
$4 for Seniors
$3 for Children
FREE for Members


November 11, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


German American Heritage Center & Museum
712 W 2nd St
Davenport, IA 52802 United States
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