Traveling German heritage exhibit lands at the Grundy County Museum

A visitor inspects the informational panels at the "German Iowa and the Global Midwest" traveling exhibit, which is currently set up at the Grundy County Heritage Museum in Morrison. (Michaela Kendall/The Grundy Register photo)

MORRISON – More than one third of Iowans claim German heritage – which is more than any other ethnic group. Here in Grundy County, strong German roots are still present among the community today, and a very active Ostfriesen Heritage Society organizes a number of events and meetings each year for those interested in learning more about their ancestry.

One of the group’s most recent projects involved bringing a traveling German heritage exhibit to the area – first to the Wellsburg Public Library earlier this month, and now to the Grundy County Heritage Museum in Morrison.

“We’re part of a large German community here in Grundy County, and we thought it would be appropriate to bring this exhibit to the local museum so people can learn more about their heritage,” said Mary Schmidt, a long time member of the Ostfrisen Heritage Society.

The exhibit, titled “German Iowa and the Global Midwest” shares the history and lasting influence of Germans in Iowa, and discusses topics such as immigration, communities, brewing and politics, using photographs, artifacts and informational panels. 

The “German Iowa and the Global Midwest” exhibit will be at the Grundy County Heritage Museum in Morrison from August 23 to September 4. After that, the exhibit will move to the Waverly Public Library, before continuing its tour around the state. For more information about the exhibit locally, contact the Grundy County Museum at 319-345-2688.

For the full story, see this week's Grundy Register.