ALC STUDENTS EXPLORE DUBUQUE’S HERITAGE

ALC STUDENTS EXPLORE DUBUQUE’S HERITAGE

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ALC STUDENTS EXPLORE DUBUQUE’S HERITAGE

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Heritage Works partnered with Dubuque Community Schools’ Alternative Learning Center to provide historic tours to U.S. History classes. Students explored Dubuque’s Lower Main and Historic Millwork Districts and learned about the connections between Dubuque’s historic buildings and the historical events from their text books.

With the inspiration and knowledge gained from their field trips, students worked in groups to research and produce museum-style exhibits connecting a local topic to national events from 1890 – 1950.

The completed exhibits are on display at Heritage Works’ office through mid-November.

Special thanks to: Tim Hitzler, U.S. History teacher, for bringing us this unique opportunity; Jason Neises, Dubuque Historian, for your expertise and tour guide skills; and Mary Gronen, for teaching the students about the CARADCO renovation project.

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Dubuque, IA

 

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Education and Training, Outreach and Promotion

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LORAS COLLEGE DISTRICT

LORAS COLLEGE DISTRICT

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LORAS COLLEGE DISTRICT

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As Loras College continues its efforts to have its history recognized, officials also seek the public’s help in telling the school’s story.

School officials plan to apply for the campus to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. And as they wade through the history of the campus and its key buildings, they hope that people with ties to the college can help fill in some of the gaps.

“They may have some key bits that we may not have,” said Valorie Woerdehoff, Loras’ director of foundation and government support.

College officials will hold a public meeting next week to provide more information on the application process and to take input from people who want to contribute their own historical knowledge.

As part of the application process, Loras officials are creating a history of the campus and several key buildings, such as Hoffman Hall, Keane Hall and Christ the King Chapel.

Loras students and faculty are working on developing that history, but school officials might not know some of the anecdotal histories that surround the structures, Woerdehoff said. School officials want to hear those local stories from community members and to collect photos and documents as well.

“We wanted to get out of the Loras campus and bring this project to the Dubuque community because, obviously, Loras College is important to the Dubuque community as a whole,” said Duane Hagerty, president and CEO of Heritage Works, a Dubuque historical preservation nonprofit assisting with the Loras application.

Being placed on the National Register of Historic Places would be an important honorary distinction that Loras could use in its marketing, Hagerty said. It also could make available some grants and tax credits for qualifying buildings.

The distinction also would help show the historical significance of Loras, Iowa’s oldest college, Woerdehoff said. Having the designation could also boost tourism, she said.

“It’s a signal to folks that there’s some extra meaning,” she said. “There’s some things they might want to check out.”

The distinction would not impact Loras’ ability to make changes on campus, such as building, renovating and removing buildings, Woerdehoff said.

College officials plan to submit a preliminary application to the State Historical Society of Iowa by early April. The final application would go to the National Park Service in January 2019, Woerdehoff said.

If the designation is approved, Loras would be one of two Iowa colleges to have its entire campus on the register, according to a press release.

Allie Hinga, Telegraph Herald. Oct. 30, 2017

Location

Dubuque, IA

 

Category

Historic Properties Redevelopment, Outreach and Promotion

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ARCHITREK

ARCHITREK

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ARCHITREK

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Heritage Works, in partnership with the Dubuque Museum of Art, presents a series of walking tours and presentations of Dubuque’s architecture.

Lunch & Learn are 60-minute lunchtime presentations at the Dubuque Museum of Art. These presentaitons look at different topics related to Dubuque’s architectural history.

Walk and Talk are 45-60 minute lunchtime tours in downtown Dubuque including the Historic Federal Building, the Roshek building, US Bank and the Grand Opera House. Tours focus on form and function with interior/exterior interpretation.

Ale and Architecture tours consist of 90-120 minute walking tours of bars in the historic neighborhoods. Patrons will make 2-3 stops in bars along the route and can purchase their own drinks at each stop. Tours are given by Jason Neises, Vice Chair of the Dubuque County Preservation Committee. (Previous tours include: Upper and Lower Main, Cathedral District, & Millwork District)

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Dubuque, IA

 

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Education and Training, Outreach and Promotion

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HERITAGE LECTURE SERIES: JOHN VINCI

HERITAGE LECTURE SERIES: JOHN VINCI

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HERITAGE LECTURE SERIES : JOHN VINCI

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The prairie-style shelters and landscapes of Dubuque’s Eagle Point Park are the masterwork of renowned architect, Alfred Caldwell. Mr. John Vinci, FAIA, an award-winning Chicago architect, was a student of Caldwell’s at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the late 1950s. Mr. Vinci’s presentation provided a rare first-hand insight into Caldwell’s life and work.

The free event on June 3, 2015 attracted over 150 attendees. Attendees were very eager to learn more about the historic and architectural significance Eagle Point Park, one of the community’s crown jewels.

Special thanks to the Dubuque Museum of Art for hosting the post-lecture reception.

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Dubuque, IA

 

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Outreach and Promotion

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