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Remembering Vietnam

Posted: Mon, August 3, 2015
A snapshot can say a lot. The time, place, event and human emotions captured in the blink of an eye tell a story that is broader than the 3"x 5" or 4" x 6" format of a Kodak print. A collection of such snapshots expands the story exponentially. Such is the nature of "Remembering Vietnam", the current Temporary Exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton which will be on display through October.

This year we, as a nation, are pausing to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the end of the Vietnam Conflict. The Carnegie exhibit offers a snapshot of the period by highlighting the diverse experiences of individual Chickasaw County veterans. Seen as a whole, the display presents a bigger picture of one of the most difficult and controversial times in American history. For some, memories from the Vietnam era are fraught with unease and adverse emotions. In commemoration, we are able to accept those perceptions, place them in their proper context, recognize new understandings from the perspective of history and, hopefully, take a step toward healing.

While Carnegie volunteers spent a lot of time in attempting to identify and contact appropriate veterans, there are, no doubt, many who were missed. Anyone still interested in including their information in the exhibit are strongly urged to contact the Cultural Center by phone: 641-394-2354, by email: carnegiecc@yahoo.com or through the website: www.carnegieculturalcenter.org

Everyone is invited to attend an open house reception for "Remembering Vietnam" on Sunday, August 23 from 1:30 - 3:30 to honor area veterans, share stories and enjoy refreshments.


PHOTO: A poster by Marland Johnson that took first prize nationally in a 1952 American Legion Auxiliary contest is pictured next to a jacket belonging to Fredericksburg Vietnam vet, Dennis Shurtleff.
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Carnegie To Host Writer Event

Posted: Tue, July 7, 2015
Like many of her classmates from the NHHS class of 1969, Cecilia Eichenberger looked forward to wherever her own path might take her in life. Now, 40 plus years later, that path has provided the basis for a memoir-based novel, Fallen Far from the Tree.  Using the penname Lilith Giardini, the chronicle follows Cecilia's life path through an intentional community in the U.S. where she meets her future husband and several years in Italy before her return to "normal" life in the States where she undertakes the self-imposed challenge of writing her novel.
 
Currently employed as a grants research specialist at Duke University, Cecilia is self-educated when it comes to writing fiction. Fallen Far from the Tree was in the works for about 20 years and went through many re-writes before, as Cecilia notes, she published it "just to be done with it and move onto something new." Her next project is to write the story of her mother, Lois Eichenberger¸ and, at some future date, another book about her love/hate relationship with the art of writing.
 
The Carnegie Cultural Center will host Eichenberger for a book reading and signing on Sunday, July 26 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Cecilia will also lead a Q&A discussion about the book as well as the process and rewards of self publishing. Books will be available for purchase at the event or can be found on Amazon.com.  The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.
 
The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Ave. in New Hampton. For more information about the event, contact the Carnegie Cultural Center at 641.394.2354 or email: carnegiecc@yahoo.com
 
PHOTO: Cecilia Eichenberger, aka Lilith Giardini, is looking forward to sharing her memoir-based novel with New Hampton area residents, former classmates and friends on June 26 at the Carnegie Cultural Center.

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Gregg's Grandiose Miniatures Joins The Carnegie

Posted: Sun, June 7, 2015
When deciding what to do with his collection of hand-crafted model circus wagons, Gregg Kruse of Iowa City became acquainted with New Hampton's Carnegie Cultural Center. The Center is known for its fine permanent exhibits of historic 1/16 inch scale circus models crafted by New Hampton native, Richard Natvig, as well as other artisans. Mr. Kruse's work, which he fashioned in HO scale, adds another dimension to the Carnegie's circus displays.  The smaller scale made it possible to present dioramas of a circus parade, a menagerie show, a big top and back lot layout as well as interpretive arrangements of different wagons and equipment in a relatively small space. 
 
Gregg Kruse traces his fascination with circus wagons to the 1940s and 50s when his grandfather took him to see the Ringling Brothers Circus in Mankato, MN.  The sight of all the different wagons and paraphernalia being unloaded from the train's flatbeds and boxcars and then parade to the circus grounds on the edge of town was permanently etched in his memory. Gregg's enthusiasm for all things circus endured into adult-hood. Inspired by articles in its publication, The Little Circus Wagon, Kruse enrolled as a member of the International Society of Circus Model Builders and embarked on his model-making avocation.  Gregg crafted most of his models following retirement from a medical laboratory career at the Veteran's Hospital in Iowa City.
 
An unveiling of the new display was held on Saturday, May 30 with many members of Mr. Kruse's family and friends in attendance. His work will now be on permanent exhibit at the Carnegie.
 
The Cultural Center's summer hours are: noon - 6 pm Wed. through Fri.; 10am - 4 pm Sat.; 1 - 4 pm Sunday or any time by appointment. For more information, contact the Carnegie by phone at 641.394-2354, by email at carnegiecc@yahoo.com or visit the website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
 
PHOTO: Permanent Exhibits chair, Bill Riley (R), is shown with Gregg Kruse at the unveiling of Gregg's Grandiose Miniatures now on permanent exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center.
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A Looming Farm Crisis

Posted: Thu, May 28, 2015
You might say it's a new kind of farm crisis. At the time of Iowa State University's "Farmland Ownership and Tenure Report in Iowa, 2012", fifty six percent of Iowa farmland was owned by people over the age of 65 and thirty percent was owned by those more than 75 years old. During the past 55 years the number of Iowa farms has decreased from 206,000 to 89,000. Iowa farmland prices doubled between 2007-2012 making it very difficult for farmers to get started or for renters to purchase land when land lords die. Seen together, these startling statistics point to the now present and growing farm crisis- the challenge of land transfer.
 
Map of My Kingdom, a one-man play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa Poet Laureate, Mary Swander, highlights this new farm crisis and serves as a catalyst for discussion and action. A performance of Swander's play has been organized by the Carnegie Cultural Center and is being presented for area residents through generous sponsorships from Humanities Iowa; Bank Iowa: Lawler, New Hampton, Waucoma & Fredericksburg; Insurance Associates of Lawler; Bob and Phyllis Boeding, Kennedy & Kennedy law firm of New Hampton, David E. Burns: Lawler Farm Center & Blue River Hybrids, Good Shepherd Catholic parishes as well as the Cultural Center. The play will be performed on Sunday, June 14, at 2:00 pm in the restored barn on the Ed and Eleanora Blazek farm,   1755 Ridgeway Avenue in Chickasaw County ( 3 miles north of Lawler). Refreshments will be served following the performance and audience members will be invited to join in a discussion and share their own challenges, successes and resolutions regarding property transfer. Since the issues to be addressed are common to anyone dealing with property or estate issues, the event will be also relevant for non-farmers. There is no admission charge.
 
In conducting interviews and doing research for writing the play, Swander found that some families had given thoughtful attention to the issue of land transfer. Others tried to push it from their minds..."The kids (or "my heirs") will have to figure it out." Still others who thought they had a solution found it didn't work out the way they had hoped. It is a difficult issue all around. The older generation is forced to face their own mortality and conflict and tension are inherent in decision-making for the next generation.
 
Mary Swander herself experienced the conflict when, years ago, she and her two brothers inherited the family farm. Her brothers wanted to cash out and take the money while she did not. Sadly for Mary, the farm was sold to a corporation without a trace of its homesteading past preserved. 
 
If you own farmland, now is a good time to think through what you value most. Do your heirs know your long-term goals for your land? Do you want your children to continue the farming operation? Do you want the farm kept together and continue as farmland? Is future conservation of your land important to you? Would you like your church or another organization to benefit from your farmland?
 
Persons from all generations are encourage to start thinking and be participants in resolving these important issues on their own personal level by attending the Map of My Kingdom event.
 
For more information, contact the Carnegie Cultural Center at 641-394-2354 or visit the website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
 
 
Photo: Iowa Poet Laureate, Mary Swander, incorporates the real-life stories of farm families' experiences with land transfer issues into her play Map of My Kingdom, including that of Chickasaw County farmers, Tom and Irene Frantzen.

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Cassandra Bormann: Print Maker, Studio Artist

Posted: Thu, May 7, 2015
The straightforward title of Carnegie Cultural Center's current temporary exhibit , Cassandra Bormann: Printmaker, Studio Artist, belies the depth of her artwork. On display through June 14, the one-man show includes prints, collages and three-dimensional works that are both universal and highly personal in nature.

Originally from Ionia and a New Hampton High School graduate, Cassie earned a bachelor degree in Studio Arts from Luther College in 2012. Presently, she lives in Iowa City where she is a member of the Zenic Press. Most recently Cassie was the state coordinator for The Art of Revolution's One Million Bones project to raise awareness of genocides that have occured in different parts of the globe. Students, educators, and members of the public from across the country, including New Hampton students, were involved in fabricating bone facsimiles from a variety of materials from clay to yarn. In June of 2013. Thousands of volunteers cooperated to arrange 1,000,000 bones on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in a display of collaborative consciousness of the magnitude of the deaths resulting from genocide in relatively recent history.
Some pieces from the project are displayed in the Carnegie exhibit.

Bormann is inspired by the past - stereotypes and remnants of cultures past, the stories of yesterday's children, the world they grew up in and the future that resulted from their experiences and dreams. In much of her work this past is interpreted through collage "sketches" that combine images of her own family with those of the national media.

An artist reception will be held on Sunday, June 7 from 1:30 - 3:30 at the Carnegie Cultural Center, 7 N. Water Avenue in New Hampton. Members of the public are invited to attend, meet the artist and enjoy refreshments.

The Cultural Center's hours are noon to six on Thursdays; 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays 1 to, 4 pm on Sundays or any time by appointment through the end of May. Summer hours start in June during which Wednesdays and Fridays are added to the open hours. For more information contact the Carnegie at 641.394.23534 or visit the website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org

Photo: Cassandra Bormann stands next to a case at the Carnegie Cultural Center displaying some of the bone facsimiles used in the One Million Bones project.
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A Frugal Sort Of Beauty

Posted: Tue, March 3, 2015
It seems a bit ironic that the Great Depression, aptly described as a dismal, gray period in our history, lent its name to a plethora of rainbow-colored, ornate glassware, but that is exactly what happened. At a time when numerous American manufacturers were folding due to the prevailing economic stress, a revolutionary machine that raised production rates from one item per minute to upwards of thirty items per minute proved to be the saving grace for many glass producers. Just as consumers were forced to tighten their purse strings, mass production translated to lower prices for glassware.
 
Some manufacturers used this new, inexpensive glassware as an incentive to purchase their products. Many of today's seniors may recall the excitement of opening boxes of a variety of products from oatmeal to detergent to find a lovely tumbler or dish inside. Filling stations attracted customers with the pretty glassware while movie theaters and other businesses were known to hand out a piece simply for coming in the door. The glassware could also be purchased through mail order catalogs or at the local "five and dime" for, well, a nickel or a dime. The desire to own a complete table setting of a particular pattern inspired home-makers to become astute shoppers and  avid collectors.
 
The current exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton, entitled "Frugal Beauty" aims to expand upon the story of and inspire a renewed appreciation for Depression Glass. On display through April 19, the exhibit features many pieces from the large collection of Vi and Darrell Albrecht as well as selected examples provided by others. The glittering colors and charming patterns of the Depression Glass displays will surly lift anyone's spirits at this somewhat gray time of year.
 
An exhibit open house reception is scheduled for Sunday, March 22, from 1:30 - 3:30. Refresh-ments will be served and visitors that day are encouraged to bring in pieces of their own Depression Glass and share the stories associated with them.
 
Admission to the Carnegie Cultural Center is free. It is open Thursdays noon - 6 pm; Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm; Sundays 1 - 4 pm or anytime by appointment. For more information, phone 641.394.2354, email carnegiecc@yahoo.com or visit the Cultural Center's website at www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
 
PHOTO: Darrell (L) and Vi Albrecht pose with some of the pieces included in the Cultural Center
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Lego Club

Posted: Wed, September 3, 2014
The Carnegie Cultural Center
  Invites 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders to join our new

LEGO CLUB


The first semester LEGO Club will meet nine times, on "early out" Wednesdays: Oct. 1, 8, 15...Nov. 5, 12, 19...& Dec. 3, 10, 17 (If school is canceled or dismissed early due to inclement weather or other special circumstances, the Club will not meet.)

The Club will meet at the Carnegie Cultural Center,
7 N. Water Avenue, after school until 4:30. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Center.

The goals of the Club are to encourage the development of creativity, technical skills and collaboration.

There is no charge or dues to participate in the Club. The Cultural Center will provide all Club materials.

Students must pre-register to participate. Due to space constraints, membership in the Club is limited to 20.

Phone (394-2354), email carnegiecc@yahoo.com, or mail the Carnegie Cultural Center, P.O. Box 243, New Hampton to register. Please submit the following:

Student name:

Parent/Guardian name(s):

Phone number:

Email address:

Emergency contact:

Grade in School:

Teacher:

Student food allergies or restrictions:

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Art Of Our Ancestors

Posted: Wed, September 3, 2014
You probably have a piece of it around your house...a piece of history...a piece of a person...a piece of a story. And whether or not you realize it, it is a piece to be treasured. That piece, of course, is a piece of art work done by someone who came before you that, somehow or another, ended up in your possession. Whether that piece of art holds a place of prominence in your home or is relegated half-forgotten to a closet shelf, now is the time to look at it with appreciative eyes and recall the creative spirit of the person who made it.

Those sentiments are central to the exhibit, "Art of Our Ancestors", on display until Thanksgiving at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton. As one might expect, it is a varied exhibit including folk art...wood utensils, needlework and quilts...as well as accomplished pieces of fine art...paintings, drawings and sculptural pieces. Photographs accompany many of the art works and the theme, materials and form of the pieces help tell the story of the persons who gaze outward from the photos adding a decidedly nostalgic touch to the display.

On Sunday, November 2, the Cultural Center will be hosting a "storytelling" open house from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. During the event, exhibitors will share their stories of the "ancestors" (familial or not!) who created the work on display. Members of the general public are encouraged to bring in additional pieces and share their stories as well. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Ave., New Hampton. It is open Thursdays noon - 6, Saturdays 10am - 4 pm, Sundays 1 - 4 pm or any time by appointment. For more information, contact the Cultural Center by phone at (641) 394-2354, by email at carnegiecc@yahoo.com or visit the website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org.

Photo: Nancy Ryan proudly holds a pastel drawing and pine needle basket by her grandmother, Louise Bailey, of Adel, Iowa.

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Art Of The Alumni

Posted: Thu, May 29, 2014
It's a timely exhibit...just in time for Heartland Days and lots of class reunions and it coincides with the retirement of David Prehm, longtime NHHS Art teacher. The exhibit is "timely" in another way as well...it includes art work by NHHS graduates from different time periods. The earliest graduate represented was from the class of 1934 and the most recent from the class of 2013. On display through the end of July at the Carnegie Cultural Center, "Art of the Alumni" is as varied as the artists who created the paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and fiber arts featured in the expo.
 
Artists represented in the display are (in alphabetical order): Timothy Amundson, Abigail Bartz, Jim Bartz, Erika (Andersen) Billerbeck, Cassandra Bormann, Mindy (Haeflinger) Buckley,  Cinda Dixon, Mitch Erlandson, James Fliger, Roger Fliger, Colleen (Burrichter) Fowle, Jessica Frantzen, Salina (Stapleton) Gavin, Katie (Trewin) Gonzales, James Gossling, Dalton Hackman, Tina (Roethler) Henderson, Julie (Strom) Hendrickson, Sherry (Stiefel) Holland, Natasha Hovey, Amy (Gaffney) Ingalls, Emily Kobliska, Emily Larson, Jeff Palmersheim, Ana Catalina Martinez, Kevin Ovel, Rick Patrie, Baylee Riley, Bill Riley, Katy (Kleinfehn) Riley, Eloise Roberson, Claire Roesler, Becky (Brummond) Schoenfeld, April (Larson) Singewald, Monica Steffen, Lee Stiefel,  Richard Trewin, Sharon  (Rochford) Trewin, and Marc Vorwald. A bio plus high school graduation photo accompanies each artist's work, so the exhibit might also be a good way to get updated on some classmates.
 
An open house reception for the artists, friends, family and the general public will be held on Saturday, June 14 from 11 am to 2 pm at which Dave Prehm will be the guest of honor. Refreshments will be served and everyone is invited to attend.
 
The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Ave. in New Hampton. It is open Wed.-Fri. noon - 6; Sat. 10-4; Sun. 1-4 or anytime by appointment. Admission is free. Contact the Cultural Center at (641) 394-2354 or visit  www.carnegieculturalcenter.org for more information.
 
PHOTO: Clockwise starting at the top:
 A painting by Cinda Dixon ('95), pottery by Marc Vorwald ('10), a drawing by Rick Patrie ('67) and a carving by Lee Stiefel ('62) show the variety of styles and media in "Art of the Alumni" on display at the Carnegie Cultural Center.
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Show Us Your Stuff

Posted: Wed, April 16, 2014
The Carnegie Cultural Center is putting out a call to all local alumni..."Show us your stuff!"  As part of a year's worth of temporary exhibits focusing on the arts, an exhibit featuring work by alumni is scheduled to run from May 17 through August 3. An artist open/house reception is scheduled during Heartland Days on Saturday, June 14 from 11 am to 2 pm. The guest of honor will be retiring NHHS art instructor, Dave Prehm. Since many class reunions are held during the Heartland Days celebration, the open house will provide a great opportunity for former students to connect with Prehm and fellow classmates as well.
 
Art work from alumni of  all classes (not just those from Mr. Prehm's tenure) is being sought for the exhibit. The art work needs to be at the Carnegie Cultural Center, 7 N. Water Avenue, New Hampton, by Wednesday, May 14. Each participant may submit one large piece or several small pieces of art work that they have created at any time following their graduation from high school. A statement including the title of the art work, the artist's name, graduation year, plus a brief statement regarding post-high school art-related pursuits or activities and the alumna's present occupation should accompany the art work.
 
Anyone having contact information for alumni artists is also asked to contact the artists or the Carnegie Cultural Center who will in turn contact the artists.
 
For more details or to pass on contact information call the Carnegie Cultural Center at (641)394-2354, email carnegiecc@yahoo.com or visit www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
 
PHOTO: Dave Prehm (C) is flanked by alumni Alice Bartz  holding a carving created by her brother, James Fliger (NHHS '59), and Jim Bartz (NHHS '90) holding a piece of his own work.

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Shake Off Winter with A Little Folk Art Fun

Posted: Tue, March 11, 2014
The Carnegie Cultural Center's 2014 Temporary Exhibits calendar is dedicated to the visual arts. In conjunction with the current exhibit, "Art of the People", which includes examples of folk art from a variety of countries, the Carnegie is inviting area residents of all ages to make a little folk art of their own by taking part in three workshops, "Worry Dolls", "Dream Catchers" or "Coiled Baskets", slated for the weekend of March 29 - 30.
 
The first get-together is scheduled for 10:00 - 11:30a.m.on Saturday, the 29th, and is open to students in grades 1-4 with an adult helper. During the workshop, participants will make several of their very own "Worry Dolls."  Also known as "trouble dolls", worry dolls are traditionally made in Guatemala. When a person, usually a child, cannot sleep due to worrying, they express their concerns to one of these small dolls and then place it under their pillow. According to folklore, the doll assumes the person's worry, permitting him to sleep. The person may then wake without their worry which was taken away by the doll during the night. Some medical centers use them in conjunction with treatment for disease in children.  Parents may involve the child in making the dolls to further increase the psychological benefits of releasing worries. There is no fee for this workshop, but pre-registration is required.
 
Also on Saturday, the 29th, in the 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. time slot, "Dream Catchers" is open to students in grades 5 - 8 and offers a different sort of relief to participants. Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher, when hung over or near one's bed and swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher and slip on down to the sleeper.  The bad dreams get tangled in the dream catcher's web and perish with the first light of the new day. It is said that the dream catcher holds the destiny of the future. Again, there is no fee for this workshop, but pre-registration guarantees that sufficient materials will be on hand.
 
Adults and high school students are invited to take part in the "Coiled Baskets" workshop planned for Sunday, March 30 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Coiling is a basketry technique used by Native Americans all over North America.  All coiled containers begin at the bottom with a flexible coil or core that is wrapped around and on top of itself as it is stitched together.  Coiled baskets from different regions have different styles of coiling depending on the materials used in the core and the type of stitches used to bind the coil together.  Pre-registration and a materials fee of $3 is necessary for this workshop.
 
Pre-register for a workshop by calling the Carnegie Cultural Center at (641) 394-2354 or emailing carnegiecc@yahoo.com and look forward to shaking off the doldrums this long winter has bestowed on us all!
 
PHOTO: Don't Worry...Be Happy! Andi Billerbeck (L) and Katelyn Franzen are happy to show off the worry dolls they crafted at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton.
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ART OF THE PEOPLE

Posted: Wed, February 19, 2014
We are all so different, yet we are all the same. While the great "American Melting Pot" has blurred some of the differences, one factor that traditionally distinguished individuals within the broader community was ethnic background. And while ethnicity lends its particular imprint, one thing that draws people of all cultures together is their art. That in itself is something to celebrate.
 
The current exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton, entitled "Art of the People" celebrates both the differences and similarities found in ethnically influenced art forms. Bold Chinese brushwork calligraphy is seen alongside delicate lettering typical of Norwegian rosemaling; expressive native American kachina dolls dance alongside mute Guatemalan worry dolls; fine, hand-painted Swedish glassware is contrasted with robust Italian Murano glass. Weaving, painting,  printmaking and sculpture are a few of the other art forms featured in this richly-varied exhibit which encourages thoughtful observers to see and appreciate cultural influences in their everyday environment.
 
"Art of the People" will be on display through the end of March. The Carnegie Cultural Center is open Thursdays 12 - 6, Saturdays 10 - 4, Sundays 1-4 or any time by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Cultural Center at (641) 394-2354 or visit the website at www.carnegieculturalcenter.org   
 
 
Photo: L-R: "Purebreds" all, German, Inge Ott, Filipina, Fely Steffen, and Norwegian, Hazel
Hereid, display art forms that are representative of their ethnic traditions.
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A Call For Art

Posted: Mon, January 13, 2014
The Carnegie Cultural Center, New Hampton is all about you...the people of the Chickasaw County area. The Center's entire 2014 Temporary Exhibits schedule seeks to further an appreciation for the different art forms that are around us. Since it's all about you, the Cultural Center is asking you to step forward and temporarily share some of the "stuff" you have to fill out the exhibits. Everything you loan will be returned when the exhibit closes.

The first exhibit of the year (Feb. - Mar.) is entitled "Art of the People; Ethnic Arts Visited." Some ethnic groups have deep roots in the Chickasaw County area...most notably the Germans, Irish, Norwegians, and Czechs. Others have a more recent presence...Hispanics, Asians and African Americans. Whatever your background, if you have any art that is representative of a particular ethnic culture, may we please borrow it?

The next exhibit (April-May), entitled "That's SO Pretty!" focuses on decorative arts for the home and body. Decorative arts for the home will highlight distinctive items that are both utilitarian and attractive such as tableware, linens, glass and pottery items. For this exhibit, decorative arts for the body will feature vintage jewelry (maybe we'll do tattoos another time!) If you have any unique items that fall into these categories, may we borrow them please?

The summer months will be dedicated to "Alumni and Their Art" and will showcase the work of Chickasaw County Alumni who have remained active artists. Any medium is acceptable, but the works of art should be ones that were completed post high school. If you have contact information of any alumni artists, please let us know!

"Art of Our Ancestors" is the theme for the fall exhibit. The title is pretty descriptive here. Many of us have some piece of art (fine art or the useful kind) that was made by kinfolk (related by blood or not) that has been passed down and ended up in our possession. Whether it's a piece of art that you have on display in your home or have tucked away in the closet, if it was made by someone before you, may we borrow it please?

The title of the Carnegie's 2014 annual Christmas exhibit is "Advertising Christmas." Again, the title is pretty descriptive as this display will include examples of print advertising through the years...some for specific products and some for local retailers...during the holiday season. The Cultural Center actually has a pretty good collection of ads that can be used, but perhaps you have one that has a special significance for you. If so, may we borrow it please?

The Cultural Center will also be hosting a variety of workshops and other activities to coordinate with each exhibit. Watch upcoming issues of the Tribune for details and get involved!

Please contact the Carnegie Cultural Center by phone at (515) 394-2353 on email at carnegiecc@yahoo.com or stop in at 7 N. Water Ave. if you have something to loan for any of the 2014 Temporary Exhibits. Remember...it's all about you!
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Collecting Christmas

Posted: Tue, December 10, 2013
There is a distinct difference between "collecting" and "accumulating", "stockpiling" or, to use a contemporary reality TV theme, "hoarding". The latter are indiscriminate habits reflecting, perhaps, the less-disciplined side of human nature that results in an often higgledy-piggledy compilation.  "Collecting", however, is both purposeful and selective and often results in a display that is a thing of beauty and a testimony to human thought and creativity.
 
On display through the end of December, the current exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center, "Collecting Christmas" is indeed a thing a beauty. Comprised of selections from a variety of collectors, the exhibit reflects the joy, tradition and reverence inherent in this holiday season. Nativity scenes contributed by Sue Baron of Charles City represent the Christmas story as interpreted through the eyes of different cultures and artisans. The warm glow of vintage glass ornaments collected by Bill and Renee Croell of New Hampton embody the simple pleasures of the Christmases past. "Manufactured to be collected" items such as Snowbabies, plates by Hummel and Bing and Grondahl, Rowe Pottery Santas and are intermixed with "made collectible by age and love" items such as vintage postcards, a diversity of angels and nostalgic full page illustrations of Santa scenes from early New Hampton Tribunes. Even Scrooge could find something of pleasure and meaning among these fine and carefully chosen artifacts.
 
The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Avenue in New Hampton. It is open noon to six on Thursdays, ten to four on Saturdays, one to four on Sundays or anytime by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Center at (641) 394-2354 or consult its website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
 
Photo I.D.s:
He deals in concrete for a living, but Bill Croell and his wife Renee take special pleasure in their "light-as-air" glass ornaments.
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From Your Closet To Ours

Posted: Mon, September 16, 2013

If you are the type of person who likes to wander around antique or second hand shops, you'll enjoy this. If you've ever wondered what type of stuff your neighbor might be hoarding, you'll enjoy this. If you think it would be fun to stock a "cultural capsule" to launch into outer space in hopes of making contact with other life forms, you'll enjoy this. "This" is "Carnegie's Closet", the current temporary exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center.

On display through early November, the exhibit showcases some of the items donated by area residents that are now part of the Carnegie's permanent collection, but not always on display. Items in the Carnegie's Closet are varied...clothing and accessories, kitchen paraphernalia, religious artifacts, toys, calendars, medical gear, souvenirs from around the world, vintage catalogs, school memorabilia, greeting cards, sewing and needlework supplies and local advertising ephemera. Some of the items are common and some unusual, but they all, in some way, tell something about life as it is or has been in the Chickasaw County area.

There is a lot to take in, so the Cultural Center is issuing a challenge that could pay off for attentive observers. Until the end of October, visitors are invited to find specific items and information in the exhibit and record what they have found on survey sheets. On October 31, drawings will be held from the completed forms for cash prizes in each of three age categories: Elementary (grades 1-6), Middle and High School (grades 7-12) and adult (out of high school). Taking up the challenge could be rewarding fun...it could also prompt one to take a more in depth look in his own closets!

The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Ave. in New Hampton. Fall and winter hours are: Thursdays 12-6; Saturdays 10-4; Sundays 1-4 or any time by appointment. Admission is free. For more information call (641) 394-2354 or visitwww.carnegieculturalcenter.org

Photos: The Carnegie's Closet illustrates the beauty of ordinary kitchen utensils and the unusual items collected by a Chickasaw County turn of the century world traveler, Harry Dane.
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Farewell to Summer

Posted: Thu, July 25, 2013
Perhaps it's because of the late, wet spring. Perhaps it's because the school starting date is earlier than ever. Perhaps it's both, but "summer" 2013 seems to be coming to a premature closure. No matter how you feel about that...happy or sad...you're sure to enjoy the Carnegie Cultural Center's annual "Farewell to Summer" treat, the Johnson Strings. In concert on Sunday, August 18, at New Hampton's Mikkelson Park band shell, the performance will start at 6:30 pm and refreshments will be available.  Back-up performance site will be Trinity Lutheran Church.

The rural New Hartford family including Paul (husband/father), Linda (wife/mother) and children (ranging from 10 to 20 years in age), Laura, Karen, Luke, Abigail, Seth, and Silas have been performing as the "Johnson Strings" for the past six years. Playing in venues throughout the Midwest, the Johnson's repertoire varies from classical to old folk music, ragtime, bluegrass, and gospel. With the exception of Paul, everyone in the family plays multiple instruments...piano, viola, violin, banjo, mandolin, cello and harmonica...and have had formal voice training. The children also have lessons with instructors at Wartburg and Coe colleges and the University of Northern Iowa.

The Johnson's ability to pick up and perform is made easier by the fact that all of the children are home-schooled, with the older children taking advantage of on-line providers for advanced degrees and certificates. The family is in the process of renovating a loft on their acreage into a concert hall so they can host events and concerts on site.

Admission is free, so everyone is invited to "tip their hat" to the season and take in what promises to be a highly entertaining event. For more information, contact the Carnegie Cultural Center at (641) 394-2354 or visit its website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org

Photo: The Johnson Family of New Hartford is certainly one of the finest when it comes to Iowa-produced musicians.

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HATAGANZA

Posted: Wed, May 22, 2013
Get Ready for HATAGANZA

 "Fashionista" or not, you'll have fun at the Carnegie Cultural Center's "HATAGANZA." Designed to complement the current Temporary Exhibit, "Hats, Hats, Hats!" the event is scheduled to begin at 1:00 on June 1 at the Center. The event's main attraction will be a program entitled "A Century of Hats" by vintage clothing collector and women's historian, Heather Edgington, of Spring Grove, MN. 

 During her college years at the University of Wisconsin, Heather worked in the Historic Costume Lab where she learned the value of preservation and restoration. Edgington also worked at one of Chicago's finest vintage clothing shops where she was enthralled by the varied collection of  beautiful, period apparel...including the hats, of course!

Heather has collected exquisite vintage clothing and hats for over 25 years with an emphasis in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Thirteen years ago she started offering hat and style shows based on her collection and interwoven with women's history. In 2005, she started taking her show on the road and enjoys meeting new people who also are lovers of the old.

Following the program, attendees are invited to "Tea and Tidbit Tasting" featuring different varieties of tea and sweets. Everyone is invited to come dressed for the occasion. Door prizes will be given for the "Largest Hat" (determined by averaging the length, width, and height of a hat), "Most Bedecked Hat" (determined by the number of different trims) and "People's Choice." Another activity will be a "Name That Hat" contest.

The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Avenue in New Hampton. Admission to the Center and to HATAGANZA is free. Summer hours are: Wed., Thurs., Fri., 12 noon - 6p.m.;  Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sun. 1 - 4 pm. For more information, contact the Center at (641) 394-2354; carnegiecc@yahoo.com or visit the website at www.carnegieculturalcenter.org

PHOTO: Heather Edgington will present "A Century of Hats" during the Carnegie Cultural Center's "HATAGANZA"
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Songs and Highways

Posted: Mon, February 11, 2013
Martin Jones of Charles City is one of those people who make you proud of your northeast Iowa roots. Solid and self-effacing with a quick wit, one immediately feels at ease in his presence. That's a good thing because under that comfortable demeanor is a skilled artist of no small measure. The results of his artistic impulse are being featured in the current Temporary Exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton entitled "WoodSong- carvings by Martin Jones". On display through mid-April, the exhibit includes naturalistic as well as decorative carvings executed mostly in basswood and butternut.  Largely self-taught, Jones took advantage of Iowa Arts Council grants to hone his skills under woodcarver Ivan Whillock in Faribault, MN. He also took advantage of chip carving workshops offered by the Vesterheim in Decorah. In the end, detailed sculptures in the round and deeply carved reliefs have become hallmarks of Martin's distinctive carving style.
 
Martin's contribution to the Carnegie is like a double dip ice cream cone, however. The occasion of his temporary exhibit coincides with the opening of a new Permanent Exhibit, "Paths and Power" that traces the development of farm to market roads and highways in the Chickasaw County area.  An impressive display of models of road building equipment masterfully crafted in wood by Jones highlights the new exhibit. Carnegie Cultural Center Volunteer Administrator, Juanita Andersen, comments, "Martin is a 'hidden treasure.' His carvings are beautiful and fluid and his woodworking pieces are stunning examples of skill perfected. We are excited to tribute his creativity in "WoodSong" and are very appreciative of the contribution his wood models are making to "Paths and Power."
 
An artist reception is slated for Sunday, March 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Cultural Center. Woodcarvers, woodworkers, lovers of nature, heavy equipment aficionados and the general public are all invited to attend, take in the exhibits, meet the artist and enjoy refreshments.
 
The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Ave. in New Hampton. It is open Thursdays noon to 6; Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm; Sundays 1 - 4 pm; or any time by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, or to schedule a tour, call the Center at (641) 394-2354, email carnegiecc@yahoo.com or visit the websitehttp://www.carengieculturalcenter.org/
 
 
PHOTO: Master carver and woodworker, Martin Jones holds his wooden model of a road grader while posing in front of some of his woodcarvings currently on display at the Carnegie Cultural Center.



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All In The Family

Posted: Tue, September 18, 2012
Some things don't seem all that remarkable until you look a little closer. A snowflake is just a little dot of white falling from the sky that, in combination with millions of others, piles up in the driveway. On closer examination of just one snowflake, its beauty, symmetry and uniqueness becomes apparent. On the surface, the family of Doug and Marian Sowers of Fredericksburg, Iowa, seems much like many others...a hard working patriarch, a nurturing matriarch, and a flock of eight children who have found their place in society. Further examination reveals that, over and above this archetypal household, is a brood of varied, accomplished, noteworthy artists... not your typical Northeast Iowa farm family.

The story of this unique group and an array of their artistic accomplishments is the basis for the current exhibit, "All in the Family", on display at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton through mid-November.

The heart of the story is that of Marian Jeffries, a Waterloo native, and Doug Sowers of Sumner who fell in love and married at the ages of 16 and 18 respectively and, as Marian always said, two children began their lives together. The rest of the story is filled with raising children, making a living...and discovering and developing their own artists within. The exhibit of artwork is both a tribute to Marian who passed away last year and a celebration of the Sowers' artistic legacy. Included in the display are paintings, wood carvings, bronze sculpture, decoys, quilts, pen and ink, collage, photography and custom clothing and costuming...to name a few...created by Marian and Doug, their children and extended family. The Sowers siblings still living in Iowa are: Sue (Plainfield), Jeff (Milo), Ric (Fredericksburg), Melinda (Conrad), Marijo (Farley), Ken (Readlyn), and Kris (Riceville). The sixth child, Kelly, now resides in Austin, MN.

An artist reception is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 23 from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Cultural Center. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Ave. in New Hampton Iowa. Its hours are: Thurs. 12- 6; Sat. 10-4; Sun. 1-4; or any time by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Carnegie at (641) 394-2354.
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Farewell to Summer

Posted: Sat, August 18, 2012
The summer of 2012 was indeed a long, hot one, so it may be with a sigh of relief that we bid it goodbye. The Carnegie Cultural Center invites everyone to collectively enjoy a sigh of relief at their "Farewell to Summer" concert scheduled for Sunday, August 26, 6:30 p.m. at the Mikkelson Park bandshell. Relief will come in the form of the cool, relaxing and fun sound of Fusion. Well-known throughout the area for their retro look and repertoire, Fusion promises to be the perfect way to look back and enjoy while looking forward to the changing of the seasons. Don't miss it!
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Traces In Time

Posted: Mon, July 16, 2012
There's a bit of surprise in looking down at the ground and spying something out of the ordinary. There is more than a bit of wonder when one picks that something up and finds evidence of a life that came before. In the case of Indian artifacts, that life could have been there...on the very spot where one is standing...hundreds, and even thousands, of years before. That sense of wonder is at the heart of "Traces in Time", the current exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton. On display through the end of August, the exhibit showcases found and accumulated artifacts primarily from the collections of two men: Jack Ruzicka of Marble Rock and Frank Peters of New Hampton.

By opening a window to the past and defining the life of our ancestors, the exhibit reveals that, while the methods and tools of the ancients are very different from those of the 21st century, the motivations are much the same. Arrowheads, bows, arrows and fishing utensils speak about an existence maintained by hunting. Axes, scrapers, grinding stones and celts provide insight into the labors of everyday living. Beaded articles and game pieces express the appreciation of beauty and playfulness of the native culture while ceremonial pipes and effigy figures exemplify the human yearning to find meaning in life and explanation in a complex world.

The accumulation of these traces in time indicates yet another theme...our impulse to preserve the story of our past and delight in the beauty of that which is man-made...a compulsion that is at the heart of collecting.

An open house reception for Ruzicka and Peters, as well as all collectors, is slated for Sunday, July 29, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm at the Cultural Center. Everyone is invited to attend, take in the exhibit and share their stories of collecting.

The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Avenue, New Hampton. Its hours are noon to 6 pm on Wed., Thurs, and Fri.; 10 am to 4 pm Sat.; 1 to 4 pm Sun.; or anytime by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Center at 641-394-2354.

PHOTO: artifacts from the collections of Jack Ruzicka (L) and Frank Peters are on display at the Carnegie Cultural Center
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John Deere Reunion

Posted: Wed, May 23, 2012
If you are a lover of tractors, you may know that the John Deere Company is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. You may also know that the Company's home offices are in Moline IL, and that there's a good-sized plant in Waterloo, IA. Perhaps you have not considered, however, that John Deere is also HERE…right here in Chickasaw County….and has been for quite a while.


Highlighting the story of John Deere's presence in the Chickasaw County area is what the current exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton is all about. On display through June 10, the exhibit, entitled "John Deere Here" explores three themes: the equipment, the dealerships and the people who made the equipment. A fine display of model tractors and equipment illustrates the development of product lines that can be found on numerous area farms…and considering the loyalty of some farmers to the brand, one might expect that the blood that runs through their veins is bright green. Another display features information about the local dealerships through years and a third display presents a visual representation of the many, many, many people who have commuted from the Chickasaw County area for employment at the Waterloo Tractor Works.


Within each of these themes there are multiple stories to be told. The Cultural Center will be hosting a "John Deere Reunion" on Sunday, June 3, with refreshments, door prizes, and an open microphone to encourage the telling and preserving of stories. Everyone is invited to attend.


The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 North Water Avenue in New Hampton. Until June, when hours are extended, the Carnegie is open Thursdays, 12-6; Saturdays, 10-4; Sundays 1-4 or any time by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Cultural Center at (641) 394-2354.


Photo: Some models of vintage tractors on display include a Froelich, a Melvin Motor Plow and a Slovsky B-3.

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Elanor Rosevelt Reflects

Posted: Wed, March 21, 2012
Tired of the political squabbling of late? The Carnegie Cultural Center and the Chickasaw Event Center invite you to take a political break...a theatrical break actually. On Sunday, April 15, the two agencies are co-sponsoring a performance entitled "Eleanor Roosevelt Reflects" by historical reenacter, Jessica Michna. The presentation is scheduled for 2:00 pm at the Event Center, 301 N. Water Ave, New Hampton, with dessert served following the performance.

While most people find the current political rhetoric uninspiring, the story of the wife of America's 32nd president is just the opposite. Born into the opulent wealth of America's "Golden Age", Eleanor Roosevelt grew from a shy, homely orphan into a confident, driven woman. Annealed by her 13 year tenure as First Lady during which the country endured the Great Depression and the horrors of the Second World War, as well as the loss of her husband near the War's end, Eleanor emerged as a champion of civil rights, author, and stateswoman. She is best summed up by President Harry S. Truman, who dubbed her "The First Lady of the World."

Michna's compelling portrayal of Roosevelt is historically accurate and is done in a voice that is amazingly similar to that of the first lady. The presentation will be approximately one hour in length after which Jessica will entertain questions from the audience about Mrs. Roosevelt as well as her own background.

Admission at the door is $7 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, contact the Carnegie Cultural Center at (641) 394-2354, or the Chickasaw Event Center at (641) 394-3173.

PHOTO: In addition to Eleanor Roosevelt, Jessica Mischna's repertoire includes First Ladies Mary Todd Lincoln and Abigail Adams.
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Three Women and Mother Nature

Posted: Mon, February 6, 2012
Tired of the political squabbling of late? The Carnegie Cultural Center and the Chickasaw Event Center invite you to take a political break...a theatrical break actually. On Sunday, April 15, the two agencies are co-sponsoring a performance entitled "Eleanor Roosevelt Reflects" by historical reenacter, Jessica Michna. The presentation is scheduled for 2:00 pm at the Event Center, 301 N. Water Ave, New Hampton, with dessert served following the performance.

While most people find the current political rhetoric uninspiring, the story of the wife of America's 32nd president is just the opposite. Born into the opulent wealth of America's "Golden Age", Eleanor Roosevelt grew from a shy, homely orphan into a confident, driven woman. Annealed by her 13 year tenure as First Lady during which the country endured the Great Depression and the horrors of the Second World War, as well as the loss of her husband near the War's end, Eleanor emerged as a champion of civil rights, author, and stateswoman. She is best summed up by President Harry S. Truman, who dubbed her "The First Lady of the World."

Michna's compelling portrayal of Roosevelt is historically accurate and is done in a voice that is amazingly similar to that of the first lady. The presentation will be approximately one hour in length after which Jessica will entertain questions from the audience about Mrs. Roosevelt as well as her own background.

Admission at the door is $7 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, contact the Carnegie Cultural Center at (641) 394-2354, or the Chickasaw Event Center at (641) 394-3173.

PHOTO: In addition to Eleanor Roosevelt, Jessica Mischna's repertoire includes First Ladies Mary Todd Lincoln and Abigail Adams.
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