Here I'm Hank


Here, I'm Hank Performance
Thursday, June 15th at 5:30 pm

Here, I'm Hank by Janet Schlapkohl is a two person play about a mother and her son navigating the social, political and emotional costs of immigration to Iowa during the 1860’s.

The play tells the story of a Prussian immigrant, Heinrich Ketelsen, and his mother, Lena Christiansen. It begins in Husum, Schleswig-Holstein in 1860. Their story is representative of Prussian and German immigration to Iowa in the mid- to late 1880s. It is factually based and offers a wider political view of events while engaging the audience in personal narrative. The play includes many songs that were integral to the experience.

Here, I'm Hank was commissioned as a part of German Iowa and the Global Midwest, a series of statewide events exploring Iowa’s German history that is sponsored as a collaborative effort by several departments at the University of Iowa.

The cast for this performance will be Michael Penick as Hank and Janet Schlapkohl as Lena.

There will be a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 pm. The performance will begin at 7 pm.

Tickets are $15, AHS members $10 if prepaid by 5 pm on Wednesday, June 14th. Please stop by the museum in Amana to pay or send a check to PO Box 81 Amana, IA 52203.

Questions? Call (319) 622-3567 or email