AMES, IOWA – Explore a fascinating free exhibit about the history of Germans in Iowa and the Midwest March 15 through April 3 in Ames Public Library’s Gallery. One third of Iowans claim German heritage, far more than any other ethnic group. Drawing on research by University of Iowa faculty and students, this traveling exhibit examines the lasting influence of German culture in Iowa. Discover why German immigrants flocked to our state and explore the influence they’ve had on our history. Re-examine current issues such as pro- and anti-immigration sentiment, bilingualism, and multiculturalism through a historical lens as you experience the triumphs and tragedies of the German people who chose to call our state home.
An opening reception will be held Wednesday, March 15 at 5:30pm in Ames Public Library’s Gallery.
Related events throughout March and April will range from presentations on German food to genealogy to an opportunity to become a citizen historian.
This series is presented by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation in partnership with Ames Historical Society, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany-Chicago, Humanities Iowa, International Programs, Iowa State University Department of History, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Story County Genealogical Society, and the University of Iowa.