I hope everyone had a great holiday season/ winter break! To be completely honest with you, 98% of mine was spent watching movies and trying to avoid going outside into the cold. It was awesome. Now I’m back at school, doing essentially the same thing.
After spending more hours than I care to admit on the internet yesterday, I decided I needed to get out and do something today. So, in my continuing effort to see the different cultural attractions exist in the QCA, I headed over to Davenport to visit the German American Historical Center with my friend Emma. Yes, this also happened to be something I needed to do for class, but I swear I wanted to go anyway. As someone who has strong German heritage, speaks German, and also has been to Germany, this museum had an obvious draw for me. I was excited to learn about the Quad Cities’ German background. And full disclosure, I’m a giant nerd, so the prospect of going to any type of museum is pretty thrilling for me.
The museum is located in a cool, historical-looking brick building (which I learned was originally a hotel and community center for German immigrants, and actually is on the National Register of Historical Places) on the corner of 2nd Street. We walked in, chatted with the nice lady at the desk who was very helpful and told us about all the different areas of the museum, and then Emma and I were on our way. The first room we entered was the new exhibit that just opened today, The World of Antique Metal and Mechanical Dolls. Although the exhibit was interesting and well done, I think an equally appropriate name for it could be The Room of Many Nightmares. I normally don’t have an issue with dolls, but there is something deeply disturbing about having upwards of 50 of them staring at you all at once. Especially when one of them is this beauty.
Emma and I spent all of five minutes looking around before we decided to hightail it out of there and move on to the permanent exhibit upstairs.
The entire third floor is dedicated to their main display, The German Immigration Experience. It provides an interactive walk through of the history of the German settlers in this area, showing their contribution to the founding of the Quad Cities. I had no idea Davenport had such strong ties to German culture, so it was really interesting to learn about the legacy of the German immigrants. It also didn’t hurt that there were many parts of the exhibit that you could pick up and play with. Not that we were interested in that or anything…
Emma having a serious conversation, I think .
There was a dress-up area and it was very exciting for us.
Overall, it was a fun way to get off campus and learn more about the area that has become my new home. I also got to pick up a few magazines in German to help me work on my reading comprehension, which is always good.
Me, being wowed by the beauty of Germany in this tourism magazine.
Now please excuse me while I go back to obsessing over the Frozen soundtrack and eating pretzels.
Have a great week everyone!
Posted on January 19th, 2014 by Grace Carlson
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