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Cedar Harmony Chorus

Posted: Sat, August 15, 2015
The Cedar Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International (SAI), members of Region 5, will be presenting a concert at the Mikkelson Park Band Shell at 7 pm.  The public is welcome to attend.

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.

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.

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.

The History of the Carnegie Cultural Center

The History of the Carnegie Cultural Center


Through the generosity of Andrew Carnegie, Iowa received 101 libraries, 97 of which still grace towns across the state. Here's something you probably did not know. On November 28, 1898, the first Carnegie Library in the country was dedicated in Fairfield. By 1919, the last year Carnegie grants were awarded, the philanthropist had paid for construction of 1,689 libraries, 101 in Iowa.
Born in Scotland in 1835, the lad migrated with his family to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The quintessential American success story, Carnegie began work as a bobbin boy in a textile mill and ended up founding the precursor to U.S. Steel. His 1901 income in today's dollars would be $450,000,000

On his way up he met Colonel James Anderson who had established a library in the Allegheny region for working boys. "That" said Carnegie, "opened the intellectual wealth of the world to me."
Believing that with wealth came a responsibility to enhance the common good; he constructed two libraries for workers in his steel mill towns. Because most libraries then were in homes or stores, people began to see Carnegie as a way to get their own library. He began receiving so many requests that, eventually, the requesting town had to demonstrate need, provide the site, and promise to support the library services and maintenance annually with taxes. The building design was up to each community.

New Hampton voted on the Carnegie Library and had 515 yeas and 194 nays. On March 30, 1909, Carnegie authorized the building of the library. Carnegie gave $10,000 to New Hampton for the library. The lot cost a total of $1,890. The library cost a total of $10,042.58 for the building, plumbing, heating, and electricity. Carnegie donated about $100 million to libraries at the time New Hampton was building their library.