Authentic Traditional Communal Amana Dinner
Any date, by special reservation for groups of 15 or more.
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Enjoy a three course dinner of appetizers, main course, and dessert featuring traditional Amana communal kitchen favorites. Served in one of the Amana Heritage Society's historical buildings. Special programs can be included. Call the Amana Heritage Museum at 319-622-3567 or email email@example.com for pricing and to make arrangements.
Winterfest Communal Kitchen Breakfast
9:00 A.M. | $10.
The event is full and we are no longer taking reservations
As part of the Amana Colonies' annual Winterfest celebration Saturday January 21, the Amana Heritage Society will be firing up the historic wood-burning hearth in the Communal Kitchen Museum in Middle Amana to serve a communal-style breakfast. In addition to enjoying the delicious meal, participants will be able to see how the hearth works, how communal kitchen women worked and learn some of the history of the Ruedy Kitchen house.
Breakfast will be served at 9:00 A.M. Cost is $10 per person and reservations are required. Please call 319-622-3567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amana Heritage Museum Easter Egg Hunt
We are full and are no longer taking reservations.
Children 12 and younger are invited to join in the annual Amana Heritage Museum Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 at 9:00 A.M. Each child will be able to find a basket filled with treats including traditional Amana colored eggs. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to greet the children and will bring along some of his real rabbit friends. Bring your cameras.
Reservations are required, and the hunt will go on whatever the weather (indoors if necessary). Cost is $6. The museum is located on main street in the village of Amana.
We will be closed on Easter, April 16.
Communal Kitchen Dinner
$22 per person
Come and see what it was like to have dinner in a Communal Kitchen! We will be hosting a dinner composed of traditional Amana recipes. Dinner will be served at 6:30 P.M at the Middle Amana Communal Kitchen Museum. Cost is $22 per person and reservations are required. Please call 319-622-3567 or email email@example.com.WE ARE FULL AND NO LONGER TAKING RESERVATIONS.
German Iowa Traveling Exhibit
From April 26- May 8, 2017, the Amana Heritage Museum will host a traveling exhibition about Germans in Iowa put together by scholars at the University of Iowa. Learn more about the exhibition by visiting https://germansiniowa.com/
German Iowa & the Global Midwest Event
German Iowa & the Global Midwest at the Amana Heritage Museum
Commemorate and celebrate over a century and a half of German Iowa right here in the Amana Colonies. Experience the traveling exhibit and the new Noe House exhibits all day for FREE!
Schedule:9am WWI Amana Veterans Remembrance
9am Amana History Video
9:45am Welcome by Jon Childers, Executive Director, Amana Heritage Museum
10:00 German Iowa During WWI by Prof. Dr. Glenn Ehrstine, University of Iowa
11am to noon Visit the Amana Heritage Society Archives to sample its treasures
11am Play Video (11, 11:30, 12, 12:30)
1pm The Amana Society during World War I by Jon Childers, Amana Heritage Museum
2pm Celestial, Local, and German: The “Amana” Meteorite as Historical Nexus by Prof. Dr. Tyler Carrington, Cornell College
3pm Roundtable discussion
5pm Community Open House Reception. Everyone is invited to celebrate Amana’s Heritage
The German Iowa & the Global Midwest are sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies with major funding by the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professorships and with the generous support of the Chicago Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The Amana Heritage Society will be selling our famous currywurst, bratwurst, and potato pancakes at Maifest. Along with these scrumptious usuals, we will also have Obst Kuchen, the traditional Amana fruit custard pie.
We will be set up in front of the Festhalle barn from 10-4, or until we run out.
Saturday, May 6
11 am & 1 pm
German Iowans and the Politics of Brewing
Professor Glenn Ehrstine, University of Iowa
The German immigrants who made Iowa their home in the 1800s found fertile fields perfectly suited for growing hops and barley. Brewing was easier said than done, however. Of all the Midwestern states where Germans settled, only Iowa was dominated by temperance advocates, who pursued prohibition measures with Republican support from 1856 onwards. Professor Ehrstine's talk will explore the state's contested brewing culture and the corresponding political choices faced by German Iowans from the Civil War through World War I.
The Amana Society During WWI
Jon Childers, Amana Heritage Society Executive Director
Encountering anti-German sentiment during World War I, the Amana society worked diligently to prove an unbroken line of pacifism, which ultimately failed, forcing over thirty Amana boys to serve in the military and cause area residents to send an angry mob to the Amanas with the intention of committing violence against the peaceful colonists.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be at the Market Barn selling our famous potato pancakes and obstkuchen.
Kids in the Communal Kitchen-July
$6. Reservations required.
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During Kinderfest weekend children age 6-12 are invited to experience life in an old Amana communal kitchen with hands-on activities and stories about kitchen life in the old colony. Cost is $6 per child (adults are welcome to accompany their children).
Our annual Harvest Dinner and Silent Auction will be September 9 at the Homestead Church. The event will have appetizers, a catered meal, live music, and the silent auction of arts, crafts, services, and experiences donated by local individuals and businesses. We are also holding a raffle featuring a grand prize of a gift certificate from the Amana Society.
The Amana Heritage Society will host our annual meeting on Thursday, October 19 at 7 P.M. in the Amana Heritage Museum auditorium, 705 44th Ave, Amana. Heritage Society board and staff will report on the past year's activities and preview plans for the coming year. Members present will elect three people to serve on the Amana Heritage Society Board of Directors.
Refreshments will be served after the meeting.
The event is free and open to the public.
Prelude to Christmas