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Learning extends past the classroom at AGHC

August 16th, 2013

Museum internships provide students hands-on, in-depth educational experiences which cannot be found in the classroom.  Over the past year the American Gothic House Center has been developing an internship program to provide these opportunities to help fulfill our educational mission.  The Center was privileged to have an intern as part of our team the past few months.  Amanda Baker, a student at Central College in Pella, Iowa, spent her summer immersed in the Center’s collections of artifacts, newspaper clippings, and photographs.  Read the rest of this entry »

AGHC featured on ABC5 in Des Moines

August 3rd, 2013

The American Gothic House Center was recently featured on ABC5 News as part of their “One Tank Trip” series.  Thank you to ABC5 for selecting the Center as a highlight for their series!  You can view the video below. Read the rest of this entry »

AGHC says thanks to military families

July 11th, 2013

bluestarThe Fourth of July is a time to reflect and appreciate the great efforts of men and women who have fought, and continue to fight, for our freedom. One small way museums such as the American Gothic House Center are saying thanks and giving back to these individuals and their families is by participating in the Blue Star Museums program. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Parallels are Hard to Ignore

June 27th, 2013

The story of Grant Wood finding the house in American Gothic, as well as the two models, his sister Nan Wood Graham and his dentist Dr. Byron McKeeby, is well known. Especially Nan Wood Graham, as she remained an active promoter of her brother for decades. But how much is known about an equally famous portrait and a woman named Monika Pon-su-san? Read the rest of this entry »

Center Gears up for New Exhibit

June 27th, 2013

The drums are rolling and the tension is building in preparation for the unveiling of a new exhibit at the American Gothic House Center—“Parodies of a Portrait: An American Icon’s Place in Pop Culture.”

The exhibit will premier from 6 to 7 pm on Friday, May 24, and, of course, will remain on display indefinitely. It proves to be a compelling—and fun—look into contemporary America using American Gothic as the backdrop. Read the rest of this entry »