Enjoy some light refreshments, live German music, and view the new historical exhibit, "German Iowa and the Global Midwest," on the Mezzanine at the Downtown Library between 5 pm and 7:30 pm. At 6 pm in Whipple Auditorium, learn about the challenges faced by German settlers when brewing culture in the state was threatened by temperance advocates and prohibition, presented by UI Professor Glenn Ehrstine, one of the exhibit organizers. 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. On its stop in Cedar Rapids direct from its home at the University of Iowas Old Capital Museum, this exhibit will be touring all around the state of Iowa. It will be at the Library through March 27.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.We look forward to seeing you there!