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Thank you!

February 20th, 2018

Thank you to everyone who made a soup, bread, or sweet treat for our Birthday Soup Smorgasbord. Everything was very delicious! Thank you to the Fairfield Hy-Vee and Libertyville Savings Bank for sponsoring our event.

Grant Wood’s Birthday Soup Smorgasbord

February 2nd, 2018

Join the Acup of soup 2merican Gothic House Center as we celebrate Grant Wood’s 127th birthday. This year’s birthday party will be at the KD Center in Eldon, Iowa, from 11am-1pm. There will be a variety of delicious home-cooked soups and bread and don’t forget about dessert. Free will donations are welcome and proceeds support programming at the American Gothic House Center, like the Easter Egg Roll.

The Holidays This Year

December 13th, 2017

Hello everyone, the Center will be closed December 24th and 25th and December 31 and January 1st. I hope everyone has a fun and safe Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year.

Thank you!

December 5th, 2017

20171202_144104We would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers that helped out for our Gingerbread House Decorating event. Thank you North Ottumwa Hy-Vee, South Ottumwa Hy-Vee, and the Ottumwa Walmart for supporting this event.

Gingerbread House Decorating

November 8th, 2017

Saturday December 2nd, from 2 pm. to 5 pm.

Children of all ages are invited to come and create a Gingerbread House. Graham crackers, candy decorations, and frosting will be provided to create these magnificent homes. Like last year, this event will be held inside the American Gothic House. This event is free and fun for all.

American Gothic Halloween

September 24th, 2017

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Come with your costumes and have a safe, fun, and educational Halloween here at the American Gothic House Center. There will be fun games, like Boo Bowling, Grab the Spider, and Slime Study. Plus there will be some neat craft activities like Fairies in a bottle, reveal the web, and create your own black cat. This event is Free and costumes are encouraged, we hope to see you here.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for images of the crafts. As more of the event is planned, I will add information here.

Music on the Porch

August 16th, 2017

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August 26th from 11 am to 5 pm

Play music on the Porch Day is an international day of music. Wheatfield will play from 3-5pm. MMLD (More Music Less Drama), Tom and Lily, will play from 1-3pm. The Chickadees, Allison and Stephanie will be playing from 11-1pm. Gothic Town Grillers food truck will be here for the day. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy the day, relax, eat some food, and listen to music. For more information about music on the porch visit #playmusicontheporchday

10 Year Anniversary

July 27th, 2017

The American Gothic House Center has been open for 10 years!
Saturday August 12, from 1:00-3:00 pm

the grant cranepieIn celebration the Center will have a display of the building of the Center up inside the American Gothic House. There will be free pie and refreshments, Beth Howard will also be here with some of her famous pies. There will also be live music and a caricature artist here for your enjoyment.

The State Historical Society of Iowa will be hosting a workshop, Lilies of the Alley miniatures. Grant wood created found-object sculptures in the shape of potted flowers with whatever he found int he alley behind his home in Cedar Rapids. Participants will have the chance to create their own Lilies of the Alley miniatures in the American Gothic House. This will be a come and go program where people can participate any time between 1:00-3:00 pm, supplies may be limited, so arrive early to ensure you have a chance to create your own lily. This workshop is sponsored by the Iowa Arts Council.

Tuesday July 4th

June 29th, 2017

The Center will be closed on Tuesday July 4th, so our lovely staff and volunteers can celebrate their freedom, and this great country. We would also like to thank the men and women of the armed forced that allow us to keep our freedom.

Exhibit inside the American Gothic House – City of Eldon Commemorates 70th anniversary of the Flood of ’47

June 24th, 2017

eldon flood 2eldon flood 1Saturday July 8th from 10 am-4 pm, Sunday July 9th from 1 pm – 4 pm, and Saturday July 15th from 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday July 16th from 1 pm – 4 pm.

This amazing exhibit, curated by Patti Durflinger, expresses the shock and devastation of the flood of ’47. Come and see what downtown Eldon looked like, hear testimonials from individuals that lived through the flood.