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Remebering Alta Vista

Posted: Tue, May 28, 2019

U of I Art Share Chamber Music Tour

Posted: Thu, May 9, 2019

Third Grade Celebrates History of Iowa

Posted: Tue, May 7, 2019

Watercolor Class with David Prehm

Posted: Thu, April 18, 2019


Join us! This is the first time that the CCC has been able to secure David Prehm's instruction- sure to be an informative and fun morning! Multi-generational, advanced and beginners are welcome! Please bring your own supplies, but if you are newbie, call us ahead of time and we can help if you need to use ours! Please RSVP either way, so we can plan accordingly.

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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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