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Preserving and Celebrating Cultural Heritages and Identities in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

The American Bison: Its History, Survival and Sustainment

Dave Roselien of Decorah will speak on "The American Bison: Its History, Survival and Sustainment."

Dave will trace the prehistoric migrations of bison from North Asia to North American, the role of bison in the lives of the Native American tribes, the near successful 19th Century campaign to destroy them, and their contemporary comeback throughout the West and Midwest.

Dave is a retired veterinarian expert who worked with the US Park Service on the brucellosis problem in the buffalo and elk herds in Yellowstone National Park.

Huffman/Cameron: Frontier Photographers In Montana

Duane Fenstermann, retired Luther College Professor and Library Archivist Emeritus, will speak May 22, 2019, at the German Historical Museum, in Saint Lucas, Iowa at 10:00 a.m. His presentation will focus on two early Montana photographers, one of whom came from Winneshiek County, Iowa. The presentation is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Fenstermann served on the Luther College faculty from 1966 to 2001. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Morningside College, a Master of Divinity from Duke University and a Master of Science in library science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Fenstermann held library positions as acquisitions librarian, head of Technical Services and archivist.

He was director of Northeast Iowa Union List of Serials for 19 years; faculty meeting secretary for 17.5 years; and gave presentations on paper preservation during Luther College's Congregational Heritage workshops for almost 20 years. Fenstermann founded the Iowa Library Association Foundation, was named Iowa Library Association member of the year in 1991 and is a life member of several organizations. In 2006, Fenstermann published the definitive history of Decorah's Congregational United Church of Christ.

Dietzenbach Bottom Bridge: Its History and Preservation

Bill Moellering, retired Fayette County Engineer of 40 years, will speak on the "Dietzenbach Bottom Bridge" and 3 other historic wrought iron bridges in the area. The Dietzenbach Bottom Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the State of Iowa in 1986.

The Dietzenbach Bottom Bridge stands as an important example of the pin-connected wrought-iron Warren truss. Wrought-iron Warren trusses were never common for roadway bridges. As a pin-connected Warren through truss, the Dietzenbach Bottom Bridge is one of only three left in the state of Iowa. Riveted steel Warren trusses, however, became very common in Iowa after the turn of the century, particularly ones built after 1913 to the Iowa State Highway Commission standards.

The Historic American Engineering Record report states its significance: “The Dietzenbach Bottom Bridge is an excellent example of the now rare late nineteenth century pin-connected, wrought-iron Warren truss. It seems to be the work of the creative and well-known engineer Horace Horton, the founder of the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company. While the bridge has been moved from its original location, both sites show the transportation roles played by bridges in Iowa".

Workshop on Preserving and Celebrating Cultural Heritages and Identities in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

The St. Lucas Historical Society is pleased to invite you to learn what several heritage groups are doing to preserve and celebrate their cultural heritage, particularly with the younger generation. Our 4th Annual Workshop will be held on June 19, 2019 at the German American Museum in St. Lucas, Iowa.

We are inviting several groups to share their efforts in preserving and celebrating cultural heritage in the onslaught of today’s mass culture environment. The following have been invited to provide speakers and displays:

“We are in the process of confirming speakers from these cultural heritage preservation groups and are asking other groups to participate,” states Clair Blong of the Workshop program committee. “Overall, this comparative approach to the role of cultural heritage in our lives may yield many interesting commonalities and as well as differences for cultural heritage preservation and sustainment in the 21st Century.”

You may ask, “Why participate in this Workshop?” The June 2018 Workshop drew 175 very curious persons to learn about the “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Native American Presence in NE Iowa,” states Joyce Moss, vice president of the Society. “The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin sent two renowned speakers to keynote the morning and afternoon sessions of the Workshop. These keynoters and other speakers generated a tremendous amount of public interest and press visibility for Native American historical issues and contemporary challenges.”

This forthcoming Workshop on cultural heritage preservation and celebration may similarly generate a great deal of interest. Blong states, “We like to think of this Workshop as a ‘Chautaugua’ like experience; the adult education movement of the 19th and 20th centuries as a midsummer enlightening stimulus for the curious of mind in the tri-state area of the NE Iowa region. The Workshop is strongly supported by many highly motivated volunteers from NE Iowa and other states. They are the mainstay of the success of this event.”

You are invited to attend and participate in the Workshop. Early Registration is encouraged to allow for planning purposes.

The Workshop is supported by individual free-will donations that are needed to cover the cost of printed programs, lunch, refreshments and snacks, audio-visual recording, photography, public address equipment, and related conference room and speaker expenses.

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Register for Wednesday, June 19 workshop on
Preserving and Celebrating Cultural Heritages and Identities in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

The War Within: World War I and the Assault on German-American Identity in Iowa.

Russ Baldner of Spillville will speak on "The War Within: World War I and the Assault on German-American Identity in Iowa."


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