German Iowa and the Global Midwest: March 15-27

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
12:00 am
Cedar Rapids Public Library - Downtown Library
 You won't want to miss this historical exhibit from the University of Iowa’s Old Capital Museum as it stops in Cedar Rapids on its tour of Iowa! One third of Iowans claim German heritage - far more than any other ethnic group. Discover why German immigrants flocked to our state and the influence they've had on Iowa's history. Come and view the banners representing these linked events: * 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 faculty and student research focused on the lasting influence of German culture in Iowa, these events allow us to re-examine current issues, such as pro- and anti-immigration sentiment, bilingualism, and multiculturalism, through a historical lens while learning about the triumphs and tragedies of the German people who chose to call our state home. Watch for other German Iowa events taking place at the Library during the time of the exhibit!
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