Autumn Speaker Series Will be on Video

Due to the continued spread of the COVID 19 virus, the German American Museum, Library and Family History Center staff are placing the Autumn Speaker Series on YouTube. These videos replace actual live speakers in the Museum. The first two speaker videos will be uploaded in mid-September to St. Lucas Museum, Iowa.

The first speaker is Joe Tillman of Forest City, Iowa who will be speaking on the early families in the church records of Festina, Iowa. The second speaker is William Burke of Lansing, Iowa who will be speaking on the Black Hawk War and the war of extermination against his people.

Clair Blong, of the St. Lucas Historical Society, states, "In October we intend to upload presentations on the arbor heritage of the St. Lucas community and the history of the Hauer Family Blacksmith Shop." In the following months, speakers will cover family histories and local history topics.


Window Restoration and Preservation

Restoration and preservation of the large double hung window sets on the German American Museum, Library and Family History Center. Restored window locations:

This huge multi-year historic preservation project has been funded by many avid individual and family supporters, both locally and across the Nation; local banks and manufacturing businesses; the State of Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs matching fund grants; the Fayette County Community Foundation matching fund grants; the American Legion Father Aloysius Schmitt Post 691; the Catholic Order of Foresters; and the National Catholic Society of Foresters. This restoration and preservation team effort is an awesome example of re-purposing of a historic building, the St. Luke School (1911 to 1967), later St. Luke & St. John School, that was placed in June 2005 on the National Register of Historic Places.


Upcoming Events

Cancellation of Workshop on Preserving and Celebrating German Cultural Heritages

The board of directors of the St. Lucas Historical Society regret to announce, after much deliberation and thought, the difficult decision to cancel the Annual Workshop on Preserving and Celebrating German Cultural Heritages in the Midwest. The workshop was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

This action is being taken in consideration of everyone’s health and safety during this period of the COVID 19 virus and possible re-occurrences, and the many uncertainties of planning and holding a large public meeting in mid-June.

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Workshop on German Cultural Herritage in the Midwest: the Past, Present and Future

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Window Restoration and Preservation

Restoration and preservation of the large double hung window sets on the German American Museum, Library and Family History Center. Restored window locations:

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