Events

Authentic Traditional Communal Amana Dinner

01-Jan-2017

Any date, by special reservation for groups of 15 or more.
Contact us to make a reservation


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 amanaheritage@southslope.net for pricing and to make arrangements.

Winterfest Communal Kitchen Breakfast

21-Jan-2017

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 amanaheritage@southslope.net.

Amana Heritage Museum Easter Egg Hunt

15-Apr-2017

 9:00 A.M.
$6 per child.

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.

Easter

16-Apr-2017

We will be closed on Easter, April 16.

Communal Kitchen Dinner

21-Apr-2017

6:30 P.M.
$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 amanaheritage@southslope.net.

WE ARE FULL AND NO LONGER TAKING RESERVATIONS.

German Iowa Traveling Exhibit

26-Apr-2017

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

29-Apr-2017

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)


Noon-Lunch


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.

 

 

Maifest

06-May-2017

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.

Maifest Presentations

06-May-2017

Free Presentations
Saturday, May 6
11 am & 1 pm



11 am
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.

1 pm
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.

Wine Walks

02-Jun-2017

3:00 p.m. Every Friday, June 2-September 22
Except July 7

Stroll through the village of Amana with your guide as you learn about Amana's winemaking traditions, stopping at the local wineries to sample their specialties. Tours leave from the Amana Heritage Museum at 3:00 P.M. every Friday from June through September. Cost is $5.

Here I'm Hank

15-Jun-2017

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 amanaheritage@southslope.net




Wurstfest

17-Jun-2017

Potato Pancakes
10am-4pm

We will be at the Market Barn selling our famous potato pancakes and obstkuchen.

No Wine Walk

07-Jul-2017

There will be no Wine Walk on Friday, July 7.

Kids in the Communal Kitchen-July

22-Jul-2017

1:30 P.M.
$6. Reservations required.
Contact us to make a reservation

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).

Rare Book Showcase

10-Aug-2017

3:00-5:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library- Downtown Location
450 Fifth Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA

The museum will be part of a Rare Book Showcase on August 10. There will be presentations and readings for six special books from around the Iowa Valley region. You can learn about these rare books and the places that house them. Free and open to all. Presented by the Iowa Valley RC&D.



Festival of the Arts

12-Aug-2017

We will be selling our tasty Potato Pancakes at the Market Barn during the Amana Arts Guild's Festival of the Arts. Come support the arts in Amana!

Throwback Saturday

19-Aug-2017

The Amana Heritage Society will be selling their famous Potato Pancakes during Throwback Saturday/Model A Day.

Harvest Dinner

09-Sep-2017

5:30 pm Cocktail hour and live music by the Eastenders
7 pm Dinner catered by PHAT Daddy's


Our annual Harvest Dinner and Silent Auction will be September 9 at the Homestead Church. The event will have appetizers, a catered meal by PHAT Daddy's, live music by the Eastenders, 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 large gift certificate from the Amana Society. 


Dinner Ticket $25 per person
Raffle Ticket $100 (includes 2 dinner tickets)

To purchase tickets please contact a board member, email amanaheritage@southslope.net, or call (319) 622-3567.


Annual Meeting

19-Oct-2017

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

01-Dec-2017

This year Prelude to Christmas at the Amana Heritage Museum will feature a special exhibit on "Amana Christmas." Created specially for Amana's Prelude to Christmas celebration December 1-3, the exhibit transforms the museum auditorium into an old fashioned Christmas room.  It portrays Christmas in Communal Amana as it would have been celebrated over 100 years ago, as well as more recent traditions and present day celebrations.  It includes a 150-year-old Christmas pyramid,  19th century decorations, many historical photos, vintage Christmas cards, and a unique Amana Christmas decoration: a "Leuchter" or candle chandelier.