Cultural opportunities abound in Quad Cites through fall
Figge Art Museum's "MAiZE" – repurposed green plastic bottles crafted to resemble cornstalk sculptures – is part of the Quad Cities' melting pot of cultural celebrations that carry on into the second half of September, according to a press release.
A collaboration between the art museum in Davenport and the Quad City community, MAiZE was created by volunteers who built an elaborate maze on the museum’s third floor to open a dialogue about plastic waste, food choices and environmental stewardship.
MAiZE is only part of the Quad Cities' Mississippi River celebration of Latino, Celtic, Belgian and German cultures.
The German American Heritage Center at 712 W. River Drive in Davenport is continuing its yearlong World War I exhibit. Offered in three parts, the exhibits showcase "Winning the War with Industry," about home-front efforts by the Quad Cities community. That effort included supporting the war effort through war bond purchases, agriculture and war-time production.
A related display at the center is its "1917: A War Among Neighbors," which looks at a darker side of World War I, anti-German sentiment and the erasure of culture from one of the area's largest ethnic groups. That exhibit runs through the end of November.
The World War I exhibit is in addition to the center's permanent displays about the history of the thousands of German immigrants who arrived in the United States during the 1860s.
Area visitors can also take in the ongoing Dan Nagle Pioneer Village in nearby Long Grove, Iowa. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, the village offers 19 historical buildings in a self-guided tour that depicts rural life from the early European settlers into the 1940s. The village features a 1920s-style ice cream soda fountain on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, in addition to homemade items and souvenirs for sale. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children 5 & older, and free for younger children.
For more information about September and fall events on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities, contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit its website.