History for Lunch lecture series continues next week in Iowa City
Historian Peter Hoehnle discusses Amana-style arts and crafts

For immediate release May 9, 2008


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

(DES MOINES) –The State Historical Society of Iowa’s popular “History for Lunch” lecture series in Iowa City continues next week with Historian Peter Hoehnle, who will discuss Amana-style arts and crafts.

Hoehnle will present “Amana Style: Arts and Crafts of a Utopian Community” Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at the State Historical Society’s Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City. The lecture is free and the public is invited to bring a brown bag lunch. Call 319-335-3911 for more information.

A published expert on the Amanas, Hoehnle has lived in the Amana Colonies all his life. His discussion will cover the cultural meaning behind the arts-and-crafts style for which the Amanas are known, while focusing on Grant Wood’s 1932 speech in Amana about the need to appreciate and preserve local craft work. Hoehnle will also tie in Wood’s connection to Carl Flick.

Hoehnle is formerly an adjunct instructor at Iowa State University, Cornell College and Grinnell College. He received his Ph.D. Iowa State University. Currently, he serves as project manager for the Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development in Amana.


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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