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Loras College receives $1,000 grant from Dubuque Old House Enthusiasts

DUBUQUE, Iowa— The Loras College Center for Dubuque History, on the college’s campus, has received a $1,000 grant from the Dubuque Old House Enthusiasts to create a traveling exhibit some 25 glass lantern slides that provide a snapshot of life in Dubuque 100 years ago from the pre-World War I era to early 1930s.

“One of the goals of the Center for Dubuque History is to preserve the bits and pieces of Dubuque’s rich history and heritage,” Jim Collins, president of Loras College, said. “Because of this generous gift, we can share these amazing pieces with the community.”

The exhibit entitled “Dubuque Through the Lens of Herman Loemker,” will feature photos of parades, churches, schools, buildings, steamboats, river scenes, rural scenes, train scenes and streetcars taken between 1915-1917 when the Rev. Herman Loemker lived in Dubuque.

Loemker, a German-born pastor, served in Methodist Episcopal churches in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and South Dakota from the 1880s until his death in 1937. He was a passionate amateur photographer who produced hundreds of glass lantern slides of scenes in the communities where he served. The Center for Dubuque History has a collection of 270 of Loemker’s lantern slides shot when Loemker lived in Dubuque, and later, when he served at churches in Colesburg, Sherrill and Dubuque, Iowa. He also served in surrounding communities such as Platteville, Wisconsin and Freeport, Illinois.

Take accommodate the exhibit, the images will be enlarged and mounted on panels, along with information about individual shots, about Loemker, and about the project in general. The panels will cover approximately 40 feet of wall space and hang for two months.

“Hopefully, the community will appreciate the history of Dubuque and the stories that old photographs can reveal,” said Mike Gibson, director of the Center for Dubuque History.

The lantern slide has its origins in 17th century which came to be known as “magic lanterns.” The earliest slides for magic lanterns consisted of hand-painted images on glass.

The free exhibit will start in Dubuque’s historical Roshek Building from through Aug. 31.
The lobby is open Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, contact michael.gibson@loras.edu or call 563.588.7163.

About Loras College
Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. According to the 2016 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, Loras College was named the 13th Best Regional College: Midwest. Visit www.loras.edu for more information.

About Dubuque Old House Enthusiasts
A nonprofit organization promoting historic preservation, conservation, education and awareness. The Old House Enthusiasts organization promotes older homes and historic buildings within the Dubuque area. Each year, the group sponsors the Annual DubuqueFest Old House Tour, to allow community members and visitors the opportunity appreciate a sample of Dubuque’s historic treasures. The tour serves as a fundraiser for area historic places and educational materials. Visit www.dbqohe.org for more information.