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Connecting with the Washington Neighborhood exhibit in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE, Iowa --- On Saturday, Feb. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Loras College senior honors class will open the exhibit, "Connecting with the Washington Neighborhood: An Exhibit of Service and Study," at the Mississippi River Museum. The exhibit will be open to the public from Sunday, Feb. 29, through Saturday, March 28.

The exhibit is the result of a semester-long course in which 20 Loras honors students, taught by John Waldmeir, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies, researched the history of and served at various sites throughout the Washington neighborhood in Dubuque. Sites included Crescent Community Health Center, the Multicultural Family Center, Project Concern and Prescott Elementary School, among others.

The exhibit will highlight the history of the neighborhood and contrast it with recent changes to the community, including the biggest change to come to the neighborhood in many years-the Bee Branch open waterway for storm water management. The waterway project will change the face of large portions of the neighborhood in ways that are still being planned and, in some cases, debated. The proposed open waterway will eliminate several blocks of neighborhood homes and other buildings.

The exhibit will put these recent changes into a wider historical context. Through interviews, pictures and stories from local publications, the exhibit will examine how the neighborhood began under the management of city politician Lambert Kniest and will trace main events in the area through three different periods: the 1920s and 30s, the 40s and 50s, and 60s and 70s.

"The purpose of our exhibit is to celebrate the history of the Washington neighborhood, while concurrently acknowledging the changes the Bee Branch Project will bring," said Leah Corkery ('09) (Marion, Iowa), senior honors student at Loras. "The time we spent in the community allowed us to meet some wonderful people and enlivened the history we read in our research."

In addition to individual service in the area, the class completed service projects as a group in the Washington neighborhood, including weatherizing homes as winter weather approached. Governor Chet Culver recently recognized the Loras senior honors class for their participation in the Iowa Weatherization Challenge. 

The Loras College Honors Program is designed to offer an integrated sequence of courses to high-achieving students of any major who wish to pursue a broadly-based, comprehensive liberal arts education. The program offers students a chance to enjoy academic challenge emphasizing an analytical, synoptic and creative approach to the various academic disciplines that comprise the liberal arts. Students in the Honors Program reflect on the use of imagination for problem solving, the relevance of ideas to society and ways to engage in the world.

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