A Conversation with Russell Curry

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About the program:
Join the German American Heritage Center virtually on August 15th at 2pm for "A Conversation with Russell Curry." Curry is the founder of Coralville based music label Curious Music.

Founded in 1988, Curious Music focuses on creating unique, high-quality limited-edition vinyls and digital releases.

Since its inception, Curious Music has been known for working with culture-defining German musicians such as Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius. This interview style program will explore Curry’s experiences working in the music industry and his company’s German connections.

Program Cost:
$5 per person for non-members
FREE for members

How to Attend:
This program is virtual. Registration is required.
Register via Eventbrite. Eventbrite will provide a link to join the program via email. Keep an eye on your inbox.

Black German Speakers in Texas

German American Heritage Center & Museum 712 W 2nd St, Davenport

Join the German American Heritage Center virtually on September 26 at 2pm for "Black German Speakers In Texas" presented by David Huenlich.

Registration required, please register through eventbrite. Eventbrite will email you a link to the program.

About the program:
The lives of German immigrants and African Americans intersected in Texas in rather unusual ways. This program provides an overview of these Afro-German relations and tells the story of Black German speakers who crossed ethnic boundaries in the 19th and 20th century.

About the presenter:
David Huenlich graduated in 2016 from UT Austin with a degree in German Studies. He worked for the Leibniz-Institute for the German Language in Mannheim (Germany) on various studies of immigrant integration and assimilation. The Black German Speaker Project is a central case study of the impact of German immigration on regional ethnic relations. The project is funded by the German Academic Exchange.

Cost of Attendance:
$5 for Nonmembers
FREE for Members

Listening Party with Curious Music

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Celebrate Tim Story's Moebius Strips with a listening Party with Curious Music and the German American Heritage Center & Museum!

It's a listening party! Join us virtually at 2 p.m. CST, Sunday, Aug. 22, to celebrate Tim Story’s Moebius Strips in Curious Music's first listening event and talk sponsored by the German American Heritage Center & Museum.

Moderated by Curious Music’s Russ Curry, we will be joined Story, German electronic music legend Michael Rother (NEU!, Harmonia) and Nashville-based sound experimentalist and composer Eve Maret. We will listen to tracks from the Moebius Strips project, and premiere Eve’s video for “Strip 31”. We will discuss the life and work of our friend and collaborator Dieter “Moebi” Moebius (Cluster, Harmonia, Brian Eno, Conny Plank) and answer questions from you!

Register for this free event on Eventbrite! There is no charge – but the GAHC will be accepting donations to help the Center continue to bring you engaging educational and cultural programming.


After Hours with a Curator

Join GAHC Assistant Director & Curator Erika Holshoe for an After Hours celebration of our newest exhibition: "Jugendstil: Art for All." This is a members-only event.

Jugendstil: Art for All explores the Art Nouveau artistic movement in Germany through the lens of different art forms, including fashion, interior design, and graphic design. The exhibition features works from Art Nouveau masters Aubrey Beardsley and Alphonse Mucha.

Erika Holshoe, curator of the new exhibition, will lead small behind-the-scenes group tours of the exhibition. Light refreshments and snacks will be served on the fourth floor of the GAHC.

Guests are welcome to arrive at any time. Tours will occur every 15 minutes: 6:00pm, 6:15pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm. There will be 4 tours total.

Registration is required, please select 1 free ticket per attending person to register.

Kinogarten at Rozz-Tox: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Join Rozz-Tox and the German American Heritage Center every first Friday at Rozz-Tox in downtown Rock Island for a German language film streamed outside in the Rozz-Tox “Kinogarten.”

Friday September 7th, GAHC + Rozz-Tox will stream "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1974). Unrated.

Each film streaming is free and features English subtitles. No registration needed. Film will start at 8pm or sundown.

To keep our audience safe, film streaming will be socially distanced and guests are required to wear a mask.

Food and beverage will be available for purchase from Rozz-Tox (no outside food or drink please!)

Kinogarten film schedule is as follows:
4/2 The Edukators (2004)
Dir. Hans Weingartner
5/7 The Tin Drum (1980)
Dir. Volker Schlöndorff
6/4 Free Fall (2013)
Dir. Stephan Lacant
7/2 Mephisto (1982)
István Szabó
8/6 Transit (2018)
Christian Petzold
9/3 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder

To learn more about Kinogarten, please our websites or give us a call:

GAHC: 563.322.8844

Rozz-Tox: 309.200.0978

Hallenhaus and Haubarg Barns in Germany, Denmark, and Iowa

German American Heritage Center & Museum 712 W 2nd St, Davenport

About the program:
Barns have fascinated Midwestern city folks for decades; local periodic barn tours tend to draw hundreds, sometimes thousands of visitors. Iowa has been blessed with citizen initiatives in two small towns to develop tourism opportunities by bringing existing historic German barns from the Schleswig-Holstein region to their towns: in 1996, Manning brought a large 1660 Hallenhaus barn (Hausbarn) from Klein Offenseth to Manning and reconstructed it as part of a Heritage Park. A decade later, DeWitt obtained a similar, but smaller, 1727 Hallenhaus from the village of Niebull and rebuilt it in the town center. Both barns had been slated for demolition at their original German locations prior to disassembly and shipment to this country, followed by renovations and reassembly by local volunteers led by German craftsmen. In addition to the two original German Hausbarns located in Iowa, an extensive collection of reconstructed early immigrant farmsteads, adapted to local conditions, are located at the Wisconsin Historical Society's Old World Wisconsin open air museum in Eagle, Wisconsin.

This presentation will provide a short overview of the farmstead and construction in various parts of Germany and concentrate on the specific Hausbarns found in northern Germany and Denmark, the Hallenhaus and Haubarg farmsteads. While both the Manning and DeWitt barns are Hallenhäuser, (plural of Hallenhaus), there are no Haubarg type barns in this country -- in fact, there are only about 100 of these very large barns left in Germany and Denmark. The presentation will explore these traditional European farmsteads and compare them to those built later by German and Scandinavian immigrants here in the Midwest.

About the presenter:
Wolf Koch grew up in Oberwinter, a small town dating back to 886, located in Germany's Rhine Valley halfway between Cologne and Koblenz. He arrived in this country some 60 years ago; a decade later, he was back in Germany for five years as an officer in the US Air Force and has been back on business and family visits almost annually. During his childhood, Wolf spent most school vacations on farms owned by siblings of both his grandfathers and became quite familiar with everyday life on small German farms. He and his wife have been frequent visitors to both Iowa Hallenhäuser as well as Old World Wisconsin since 1978. Four years ago, they spent part of a vacation living in a Hallenhaus close to Husum, Germany, as well as a day visiting and photographing the Rote Haubarg, one of the largest, operating now as a restaurant and museum.

Wolf's previous presentations include capturing the Remagen Bridge and commemorating the end of World War II; how a mapping mistake resulted in a new republic in the middle of Rhine Valley in 1919; the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation; the life of Hildegard von Bingen, as well as various local historic and photography topics. He and his wife Linnea travel extensively; their interest in history has taken them to many European historical sites. Locally, they have given many talks on the Hopewell civilization in the Rock River Valley. Dr. Koch, a Sterling resident, is a consultant to the oil and petrochemical industries; he has been a professor of chemical engineering and lectures on energy related topics and historical events. Linnea Koch, a graphic designer specializing in exhibit design and interpretive signage is an accomplished photographer who has documented a decade of local barn tours via multimedia presentations. Together, they teach photography seminars and give presentations on wildlife photography.

Cost of Attendance:
Non-Member - $5 per person
Member - FREE
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Note: This program will occur in-person at the German American Heritage Center in downtown Davenport. There is no virtual option at this time.

Von Mexiko bis Fuerland: History and present of German speaking minorities

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Join the German American Heritage Center virtually on September 12th at 2pm CST for "Von Mexiko bis Feuerland: History and present of German speaking minorities in Latin America" presented by Dr. Patrick Wolf-Farré.

This program will examine the history and situation of German speaking immigration to Latin America, comparing and contrasting with German immigration to North America.

Cost of Attendance:
Non-Members: $5
Members: FREE

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Fall Frolic Gala

Outing Club 2109 Brady St., Davenport

We kindly invite you to join us at the 11th Annual Fall Frolic Gala on Friday, September 17th at 5pm at the Outing Club in Davenport.

This year we are excited to host Maestro Mark Russell Smith as he addresses our members and friends! Enjoy live music from a string quartet of musicians of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, delicious German plated dinner, and a silent auction in celebration of a love of German culture and heritage- all while supporting the Center's educational programs, outreach, and exhibitions. Tickets for the in-person event are $55 per person.

If you are unable to partake in this year's fête, consider a Fall Frolic from Home option! $75 per person- dinner, mix CD of MRS's favorite performances, and a special exhibition catalog. Or for $30 per person choose a desert, exhibition catalog, and mix CD. Simply drive through the Outing Club that evening for curbside delivery, details to follow. We hope to make this special night inclusive for all!

By contributing, you make it possible, by participating you make it worthwhile!

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support of this event: Koehler Electric, The Green Thumbers, Blue Horizon Travel & Yacht, Bank Orion, Encova Insurance, Zimmerman Honda, and Seiffert Building Supplies.

Gender and Activism in German Hip Hop

The cost of this program is $5 per person (non-members). Free admission for members.*

This program is virtual.

Registration is required.

Eventbrite will provide a link to join the program via email- keep an eye on your spambox please!

For those interested in an in-person experience- the GAHC is happy to offer a screening of the event in-person. The screening will take place on the 4th floor at the exact time of the program. Seating is limited and socially distanced. Masking is required. To select this option, please purchase an "In-Person" ticket at check out.

About the program:
This presentation examines the activism methodologies of women* hip hop performers in Germany to address the question, "In what ways does German hip hop activism contribute to and/or realign the social and political landscape of contemporary Germany?" Promoting their chosen socio-political issues through their social media presence and live performances, these artists also affiliate with public demonstrations against racial and gender discrimination, urban gentrification and LGBTQIA+ inequities. By analyzing the platforms women* hip hop performers align themselves with, their motivations for public association with their issues, and the particular ways they utilize their art as support, this talk explores the ways these artists' activism furthers their chosen causes while simultaneously exposing tension regarding gender and feminist politics.

About the presenter:
Amy Makota is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. She obtained her 2013 B.A. in English with minors in West European Studies, German, Medieval Studies, and Creative Writing, and her 2017 M.A. in West European Studies. Her interest in Germany began in her youth with the discovery that her paternal ancestors were German American immigrants. To date, she has resided in Berlin during multiple stages of her fieldwork process, with the most recent being in late 2020 and mid-2021. Amy's forthcoming dissertation focuses on Gender and Activism in German hip hop.

*The GAHC is dedicated to providing access to quality educational and cultural programming. The GAHC has recently decided to resume charging for programs. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience. As always, GAHC members receive free admission to all programming. To learn more about memberships, visit https://gahc.org/joingive/memberships/