WWI Commemoration Picnic


WWI and the Media: 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers' Picnic in Amana

5-8 pm

Enjoy presentations and a picnic with family and friends and commemorate an event that occurred only once in Amana’s history.

The Demise of German-Iowan Newspapers during World War I
Glenn Ehrstine
Professor of German
University of Iowa

Prior to World War I, Iowa had some 40 thriving German newspapers. By 1926, all but four had ceased publication. Anti-German sentiment during the war caused the majority of these papers to either switch to English or close operations entirely. Prof. Ehrstine's talk will document the decline of the German-Iowan press between 1915 and 1925, drawing upon the extensive collection of German-Iowan newspapers held by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Over Here, Over There: World War I Propaganda
Ranelle Knight-Lueth
Assistant Professor of Art History
Director of Galleries and Collections
Coe College

World War I ushered in many changes for the United States. Among them was the government's use of propaganda. Numerous artists volunteered their talents "over here" while others went "over there." Each of them contributed to the war effort, most notably by producing propaganda that was meant to spark patriotism, encourage conservation of resources, or stimulate the economy. The War Department even commissioned its first official combat artists, recognizing that art had the ability to document as well as persuade. Indeed, the Great War served as a catalyst for a creative revolution, one where the visual arts played an integral part.

Picnic supper from the Amana Meat Shop
$10 per person for sandwich, side, cookie.
Feel free to bring your own beverage- lemonade, pop, wine, homebrew, etc.
Visit https://amanaheritage.ecrater.com/p/30938001/august-4-picnic-supper to reserve a meal before Friday, August 3rd at noon.