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Workshop on Preserving and Celebrating Cultural Heritages and Identities in the 21st Century: Challenges and OpportunitiesWednesday, June 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the German American Museum, St. Lucas, Iowa
The St. Lucas Historical Society is pleased to invite you to learn what several outstanding museums and heritage societies are doing to preserve and celebrate their cultural heritage, particularly for the younger generations.
This all-day Workshop will be held on Wedensday, June 19, 2019 at the German American Museum in St. Lucas, Iowa. Workshop registration and coffee begins at 8:00 AM, the program runs from 9:00 AM to Noon, luncheon from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, program from 1:15 to 4:15 PM and the informal reception from 4:15 to 5:30 PM.
Carl Most, secretary of the Society, notes ‘The overall aim of the workshop is to honor the many cultural groups who shaped the history of eastern Iowa and to foster a greater amity and understanding among all of us who are their living descendants”.
We have invited several key groups to share their efforts in preserving and celebrating cultural heritage. The following organizations intend to participate with speakers and some with displays in the Workshop:
- Ashley Pourier, the curator of the Cultural Heritage Center and Museum at the Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, speaking on “Red Cloud Heritage Center: A Continuum”.
- Jennifer Kovarik, the registrar and head of Youth Education, the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum, Decorah, Iowa, speaking on “Vesterheim Cultural Heritage Preservation Initiatives”.
- Kelly Lao, the executive director of the German American Heritage Center and Museum, Davenport, Iowa, speaking on “Highlights in Preserving and Celebrating German Cultural Heritage and History”.
- David Muhlena, the director of the Library, National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, speaking on Czech and Slovak Cultural Heritage”.
- LaNisha Cassell, the executive director the African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, speaking on “Freedom: Relevance and Social Justice in Preserving African American History”.
- Felicite Wolfe, the curator for the African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, speaking on Bringing Vision to Life Through Exhibition”.
- Connie Kosshatka, the head of the organizing committee for the Czech Days Fest, Protivin, Iowa, speaking on “Celebrating Forty Years of Czech Fest Days: Keeping Heritage Alive”.
- Eileen Tlusty, the director, Family History and Documentation Center, Czech Heritage Partnership, Protivin, Iowa, speaking on “Czech Cultural Immersion: Masopust, Concerts, Language and Living in the Czech Republic”.
- Mildred Kjome, the president of the Decorah Genealogy Society, Decroah Iowa, speaking on “Destination Decorah: the Norwegians Come to Town”.
- Father Paul Breza, the founder and director of the Polish Cultural Institute and Museum, Winona, Minnesota, speaking on “Polish Cultural Heritage and History: Keeping It Alive”.
- Kurt Croell, the president of the Annual Irish Festival, Lawler, Iowa, speaking on “Reviving and Sustaining Irish Heritage: Eat, Drink and Dance”.
- Louise Ulrich, director, and teammates from Swedish American Museum and Historical Society, Swedesburg, Iowa, on “Preserving and Celebrating our Swedish Heritage”.
- LaRaw Maran, Professor Emeritus from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, Illinois, speaking on “Glimpses of Preserving Germanic Cultural Heritage in the Upper Midwest”.
- Russell Baldner, German linguist and historian, affiliated with the German American Museum, St. Lucas, Iowa, speaking on “The War Within: World War I and the Assault on German Identity in Iowa”.
- The German Language Department of the University of Iowa has sent the “Exhibit on Germans in Iowa History” for exhibit during the Workshop and for the summer. This exhibit has been displayed at several museums across the State of Iowa.
“The comparative examination of the role of cultural heritage in our lives may yield many interesting commonalities and approaches for cultural heritage preservation, sustainment and celebration in the 21st Century,” states Clair Blong of the Workshop program committee.
You may ask “Why participate in this Workshop”? “The June 2018 Workshop drew 175 very curious persons to learn about “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Native American Presence in Northeast Iowa,” states Joyce Moss, vice president of the Society. “The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin sent two renowned leaders 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.”
“We think this June 19th Workshop on cultural heritage preservation and celebration can also generate a great deal of interest”, Clair states, “We like to think of this Workshop as a ‘Chautauqua’ like experience; the adult education movement of the 19th and 20th centuries as a midsummer enlightening stimulus for the curious of mind in the Northeast Iowa area and the tri-state region”.
“The Workshop is strongly supported by many highly motivated volunteers from the community, across Northeast Iowa and other states”, Clair notes. “They are the mainstay for the success of this event.”
“Consider volunteering for the event, it a great way to build personal ties, increase happiness and foster community spirit”, says Virginia Manderfield, a register nurse and founding member of the Society.
Early registration is vital for planning purposes. To pre-register for the Workshop online, go to our website stlucasmuseum.org and complete the registration form. To register by phone, call 563-778-2710 and leave your contact information, that is, name, phone number, and email address.
The Workshop event is supported by free-will donations. Donations will help cover the cost of printed programs, lunch, refreshments and snacks, audio-visual recording, photography, public address equipment, and related conference room and speaker expenses. The luncheon is a matching fund event sponsored by the Catholic Order of Foresters. The proceeds of the luncheon and the Forester matching funds will go toward the new HVAC in the chapel/auditorium.
For much more information about the St. Lucas Historical Society, see its Newsletters at stlucasmuseum.org.
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Preserving and Celebrating Cultural Heritages and Identities in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities