This event is the perfect opportunity for families to get out of the house over the long Memorial Day weekend. Kids can burn off some energy making crafts and running around the beautiful yards of Plum Grove; adults can savor the relaxing atmosphere and participate in activities that are designed with them in mind (visit this page periodically to stay updated about the activities and special guests that will be featured at this event).
This annual event will feature delicious German food researched and provided by the Iowa City Historic Foodies. East Frisia, a cultural region that spans northwestern Germany, has a particular style of drinking tea that is recognized by UNESCO as part of Germany’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. The musicale will commence after the meal and will include lively music performed by a range of musicians, both instrumental and vocal. This year celebrates anniversaries of Iowa City staples: the Preucil School of Music and the University of Iowa’s Division of Performing Arts. German composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday is also being celebrated with the East Frisian theme and the classical selection of music being performed at the musicale.
The University of Iowa’s Division of Performing Arts was founded in 2000 and is turning 20 years old this year. The Division consists of the School of Music and the departments of Theatre Arts and Dance. The Division is well-known for encouraging creative minds and contributing new compositions to the music world.
Preucil School of Music was founded in 1975 and turns 45 this year. Preucil is a non-profit learning organization that follows the The Suzuki Method of teaching. The Suzuki Method was created by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki as a way to teach children—or anyone who wants to begin learning a musical “language”—and puts importance on principles such as repetition, learning with other children, and encouragement.
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer who unarguably impacted the face of western music. Beethoven was born in 1770 and the world of music celebrates his 250th birthday this year. His most famous compositions include his nine symphonies, the most famous of which are the Fifth and Ninth Symphonies. He started losing his hearing in his late twenties and was completely deaf by the time he was 46 years old. He wrote several of his most beloved works after he became deaf, including his Ninth Symphony.
… For two years I have avoided almost all social gatherings because it is impossible for me to say to people “I am deaf.” If I belonged to any other profession it would be easier, but in my profession it is a frightful state…
All members of our community are welcome to bring a picnic meal and head to Plum Grove to bask in the beautiful scenery and pleasant company June 30th, July 28, August 28. Members of the Iowa City Historic Foodies will be present with tasty treats.
This event is free and open to the public.
Looking for something fun to do with the family this Memorial Day weekend? Get out of the house and get to the Season Opening Celebration at Plum Grove! Family-friendly activities will engage children and adults of any age.
This event will be riddled with clues to the past! Follow the clues around beautiful Plum Grove to learn fun (and sometimes crazy) facts about the Lucases, their home, and their life together.
RIDDLE COMPETITION! Submit your favorite riddles on the form provided by JCHS. Submit the riddles by 5 p.m. The JCHS’s favorites will be published on our Facebook page and our next newsletter!
The Master Gardeners will be giving tours of the 1840-era gardens that produce beautiful blooms every year. Visit Plum Grove and tour Friendly Lucas’ Flower Garden, Wildflower Garden, and Kitchen Garden.
This year’s annual tea party is a Czech Tea! Come to this annual event to eat traditional Czech food, drink hearty amounts of tea, and learn about Czechs in Iowa from our guest speaker Marybeth Slonneger.
Sandra Hudson will share her personal journey of growing up in a Czech community where English was the second language…and explain why that changed dramatically around the time she was in 6th grade.
Vocalist Wayne Neuzil, who has sung in 34 operatic roles and has gained recognition for singing the national anthem for major league baseball clubs, including the New York Yankees and the Cubs, will sing two songs that have been translated into Czech.
$25 for members | $30 for non-members
Please RSVP at (319) 351-5738 or email email@example.com with the following information: how many attending, membership status of all attendees, any known food allergies.
Pack a picnic and enjoy the charms of Plum Grove! Visitors are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to enjoy on Plum Grove’s beautiful back lawn.
Summer picnics at Plum Grove that include:
- Garden tours
- Plum Grove tours
- Historical lawn games
The Season Opening of Plum Grove will feature the talents of many Johnson County locals: a spinner from the Amana Colonies, weavers from the Craft Guild of Iowa City, a local Civl War historian, and a scholar of the Littleton Brothers. Come to Plum Grove to make crafts, use a table loom, and learn about Iowa City’s local history before, during, and after the Civil War.
Join JCHS for our annual tea party! This year’s tea is celebrating the 2nd largest demographic in Johnson County and the thousands of Chinese and Chinese Americans who have chosen JC as their home. This event will feature a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, a local erhu musician, and traditional dim sum made by the Historic Foodies of Iowa City.
$25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call (319) 351-5738 for more information or to make a reservation.
Pack a picnic and enjoy the charms of Plum Grove!
Learn about Iowa history while touring Plum Grove Historic Home. Play some pioneer lawn games and savor a snack provided by the Historic Foodies of Iowa City.
Date: July 30th
Time: 1:30-4:30 PM
Location: 1030 Carroll St. Iowa City, Iowa
This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Call 319-351-5738
Join us in celebrating this year’s season opening of Plum Grove Historic Home! Visitors will explore the home of Iowa’s first Territorial Governor, view Plum Grove’s vegetable and flower gardens, and enjoy treats provided by the Historic Foodies of Iowa City.
“PLAY BALL!” the early Iowa way: Participants at this year’s Plum Grove Season Opening will also have an opportunity to partake in a 19th-century style game of American cricket. Historian Tom Melville will conduct short, informal cricket games from 1:00 to 4:30. The games will be run on a continuous walkup basis during that time and are open to all. No experience required! Come and discover what “play ball” meant to the people of Iowa!
This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Call 319-351-5738.