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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release July 1, 2011

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

State Historical Building offers “Immigrant Stew” July 29

Eulenspiegel performances feature Historical Museum day camp students

(DES MOINES) – The Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company will present “Immigrant Stew at the Chat ‘n’ Chew” this month at the State Historical Building in Des Moines.

“Immigrant Stew” will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 29, 2011, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The 1 p.m. show is sold out. Tickets are $6 per person, free for children three-years-old and younger. Admission for adult chaperones of large day camp and day care groups is free. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by contacting Maureen Korte at maureen.korte@iowa.gov or 515-281-4132.

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company of West Liberty is a non-profit, tax-exempt puppet company organized to promote the art of puppetry by producing and presenting high-quality performances and workshops. The company is committed to educating the public about the arts, serving as a center for the exchange of ideas, and enhancing the quality of community life.

In “Immigrant Stew,” Eulenspiegel’s Monica Leo portrays Cathy Schmidt-McGillicutty as the proprietress of the local café – the Chat ‘n’ Chew. She’s upset because her daughter wants to marry a member of a Mexican immigrant family. She confronts her prejudice as flashbacks play out scenes from her own family history.

During the week leading up to the performances, the State Historical Museum will offer a three-day puppet camp July 27-29, 2011, for children in grades 3-12. Children will learn to create puppets and rehearse for their roles in “Immigrant Stew.” The three-day camp culminates with the public performances.

In conjunction with “Immigrant Stew,” RJ Hernandez will visit the Historical Building at noon, 2 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. July 29, 2011, to entertain audiences with original rhythms and ballads originating from Mexico.

Hernandez is one of the original members and leaders of Las Guitarras de Mexico, one of Iowa’s most popular guitar quartets.

As a member of the group, Hernandez represented Iowa in the Global Sounds, Heartland Beats Midwest tour in 2000/2001, at the 2001 Festival of Iowa Folklife, the Iowa Arts Council’s touring program Cultural Express, the 2007 Midwest Folk Fest in Columbus Junction, and a variety of other programs.

A graduate of the University of Iowa, Hernandez has performed with Ray Charles and Pancho Sanchez, and at the National Cultural Arts Festival and the International World Food Prize Festival. He continues to perform at local and regional festivals, corporate events and schools.


The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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