German-American Heritage Center
The German-American Heritage Center (GAHC) will present an exhibition, conference, and related events and publications exploring the impact of emigres from Vienna to Iowa from 1846-1868. Several thousand Hapsburg emigres came to Iowa during and after the revolutions of 1848 seeking liberty and freedom. Many of these individuals and families had a lasting impact on the culture, economy, and civic direction of the state, although many returned to Vienna after 1868. We will explore the stories of these emigres and their lasting influence in Iowa.
In collaboration with scholars, other cultural organizations, and a Community Advisory Committee, the GAHC will produce a traveling and virtual exhibition on this topic. The main event promoting the exhibition and scholarly work will be a conference held in Davenport, Iowa with participants joining in-person and virtually. The conference will consist of an opening reception, keynote speaker address, workshop, and historic walking tour.
By utilizing the technological resources available during this unique time, the GAHC will have an inclusive, bi-lingual exhibition and conference that can connect scholars and audiences in Austria, Iowa, and the US.