Opening Reception: German Iowa and the Global Midwest Exhibit

Friday, March 17th, 2017
11:00 am - 01:30 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library - Downtown Library
 Join us on the Mezzanine at the Downtown Library between 11 am and 1:30 pm as we introduce the historical exhibit from the University of Iowa’s Old Capital Museum as it stops in Cedar Rapids on its tour of Iowa! Partake of some light refreshments, view the exhibit, and enjoy the Iowa Accordion Club's performance in Whipple at 11:30, featuring a selection of German folk songs and melodies, and stay for a lecture filled with historical insights in Whipple at 1:00 pm. The exhibit, German Iowa and the Global Midwest, is a series of gorgeous banners representing linked events which explores Iowa's multicultural history through the largest group of European origin to settle in the state.Come and view: * Willkommen* Coming to Iowa* One Language, Many Identities* Working for a Living* Community Life* Brewing, Prohibition, Politics* German Iowa in Crisis: The Years of Neutrality* German Iowa in Crisis: The War Years* New Footing, Continuing Connections* Economic and Political Crisis* World War II and Its Aftermath* The Story ContinuesDrawing on student research completed over two years, these events shine light on present-day issues, including pro- and anti-immigration sentiment, the value and challenges of bilingualism, the hurdles and rewards of multiculturalism, and questions of belonging and exclusion in times of international conflict. Watch for other German Iowa events taking place at the Library during the time of the exhibit!
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