Most of us have heard of Alexander Hamilton, whether it was in history class or from the very popular Broadway musical. He was a U.S. founding father and the first Secretary of the Treasury in the country. Admittedly, our current interest in him was pretty much non-existent until Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical on the historical figure became a great obsession. But while we’re singing along and watching the story play out on the stage, it’s important to differentiate the fact versus fiction portions of the show — something Miranda notes himself in his own reflections of his masterpiece. The truth in history and the passion for Hamilton’s life is coming to Moline Public Library this summer.
“Enter the Bauhaus: Philosophy of Modern Design” is now open at the German American Heritage Center & Museum, located at 710 W. 2nd Street in Davenport, Iowa. The exhibit is open now until May 26, 2019. The installation introduces viewers to Walter Gropius, the man behind the philosophy and, eventually, a school that defines and teaches the art and ideas behind Bauhaus. Bauhaus has not only influenced modern design, but has became a category of style all on its own.
The new exhibit, Literary Heroines: Their Times, Their Fashions, at the Putnam Museum is a brilliant blend of literature, fashion and book art. My monthly book club, Reading Between the Wines, decided that this was a fun way to celebrate literature. One of our members made our reservations at the Putnam Museum for the special luncheon which was designed specifically to attract book clubs.
Strong and independent women have graced literature for centuries, leading the way for so many modern-day women, including myself. Of course, my parents raised me to be an intelligent and strong-willed young woman, but Harper Lee’s Scout Finch and Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett only led me to become a more academic, social-justice oriented, and empowered female.
These are the stories the Putnam Museum’s latest exhibit on literary heroines sets out to tell in their new exhibit.
The new Maurice Sendak traveling exhibition at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, was a destination for our family when visitors were in town for the week. I have enjoyed Sendak’s work for years and found the exhibit Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak : The Memorial Exhibition…50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons to be interactive and thought provoking.
Living Lands & Waters founder Chad Pregracke provided the materials for this unique exhibit featuring bottles he and his teams have found over the years as they work to clean up the country’s waterways.
What a fun exhibit! From tell-me-you’ve-found-me to life stories and drawings, the Message in a Bottle Collection showcases a variety of the adventures and notes that have traveled along our famous rivers.
Dr. Seuss once said, “Why fit in when you can stand out?”
It’s a quote we all hope our children can aspire to. To do their best, and live their dreams in the happiest and healthiest manner they can.
We want them to aspire to be great things, but what inspires them? Of course we can, but in an ever social media and technology infested world — children are following what is on the television screens.
So, we want them to watch something that will inspire them. And as a preschool teacher, I can’t imagine a better character to do this then Disney Jr.’s Doc McStuffins.
The last two years have been full of superhero reboots and comic sales skyrocketing. Many people will ask why and wonder the value of such an industry, which will lead us comic lovers to second guess ourselves as we age.
But before we debate watching the newest episode of The Flash versus the news, or put the kibosh on the kids wanting to rent that movie “just one more time” or even force them to trade in their comics for the Great American novel on a regular basis, think about revisiting the content-rich and historical messages these authors hid in the midst of their pages.
From now until April 10, the German American Heritage Center hosts “Crossing the Tracks of Time: QC Railroad History”, an exhibit about the development of the railroad in the Quad Cities.
Last Sunday my friend, Abby, and I decided to go to the German American Heritage Center to see the new exhibit, Amazing Advent Adventures. The exhibit is a wonderful collection of artistic advent calendars made by community members as well as calendars from local collectors and calendars from Davenport, Iowa’s sister city, Kaiserslautern, Germany.