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German Heritage Exhibit to Visit Fair

By Staff | Jul 19, 2017

A German heritage exhibit sponsored by the Office of Outreach & Engagement at the University of Iowa will be coming to the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds from July 19-24. The exhibit will open to the public in the Country Schoolhouse, Thursday through Saturday from noon until 7 p.m. and?Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.

One-third of Iowans claim German heritage, far more than any other ethnic group. Faculty and students at the University of Iowa have carefully researched the lasting influence of German culture in Iowa. Discover why German immigrants flocked to our state and the influence they’ve had on Iowa’s history. Re-examine current issues such as pro- and anti-immigration sentiment, bilingualism, and multiculturalism through a historical lens as you experience the triumphs and tragedies of the German people who chose to call our home state.

Two special programs will be given in conjunction with the exhibit on Thursday, July 20. A special kids’ program, most suitable for middle school students, will begin in 2 p.m. and will include a scavenger hunt and an exhibit bingo game.

The adult program beginning at 4 p.m. is a longer and more detailed presentation with time for audience questions. Included in the program will be a discussion of the story of the exhibit and the online German heritage archives compiled by the University. The discussion will also emphasize connections with Native American history.