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					                                               WE’RE ON THE WEB!                                                                       Spring 2010
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                                                                                                          Council Bluffs,
                                                                                                                                    Friends of the Dodge House

                                                                                                                                    The Historic General Dodge House, 605 Third Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

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621 Third Street                                                                                                                                                                          F r o m          t h e         D i r e c t o r
Council Bluffs, IA 51503                                                                                                               •       April 13, 14,
                                                                                                                                                                   Excitement abounds in 2010!         collaborating on projects.          work on this project.
Phone: 712-322-2406                                                                                                                            15th—History        There are many interesting          These handheld units will en-
Fax: 712-322-3504                                                                                                                              at High Noon                                                                                Last, but certainly not least,
                                                                                                                                                                   projects coming up over the         able our museums to handle
E-mail: generaldodgehouse@windstream.net                                                                                                                                                                                                   we would like to thank the
                                                                                                                                       •       May 8—              next several months. Some           tours more efficiently and ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Iowa West Foundation for help-
                                                                                                                                                                   will be much more evident to        curately. A similar system
                                                                                                                                               Heirloom                                                                                    ing to fund all of the above
                                                                                                                                                                   you than others. Probably the       exists at the International Quilt
                                                                                                                                               Plant Sale                                                                                  projects. We would also like to
       Preserving our past with an                                                                                                                                 most noticeable will be work        Study Center on the campus at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           thank the State Historical Soci-
        investment in the future                                                                                                       •       June 27—            on the exteriors of the Dodge       the University of Nebraska
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ety of Iowa, Historic Site Pres-
                                                                                                                                               Garden Walk         House, Carriage House and           Lincoln. These will be a great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ervation Grant Program and
                                                                                                                                                                   Beresheim House. They will all      asset to all our museums.
                                                                                                                                       •       July 17 & 18—                                                                               the State Historical Society of
                                                                                                                                                                   receive new paint or paint
                                                                                                                                                                                                       We have completed our Edu-          Iowa, Historical Resource De-
                                                                                                                                               Railroad Days       repairs. The Dodge House will
                                                                                                                                                                                                       cational Traveling Trunks for       velopment Program for helping
                                                                                                                                                                   also see major repairs in its
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the newly created Green Hills       to fund the Paint, Wood, and
                                                                                                                                                                   brickwork and limestone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Education agency. Three             Masonry Project and the Mu-
                           D o n a t i o n s              a n d         T h a n k          Y o u s                                                                 Just as worthwhile, but maybe       trunks comprised of informa-        seum Audio Tours Project.
    Nina Stoops—Several United States &       autobiography                             Carol Horner-—Hosted an “Appreciative                                      less evident will be the crea-      tion on Dodge’s connection to
    Iowa flags and projector screen                                                     Inquiry” for the General’s Ladies in Fall                                  tion of the Museum Audio            the Railroad, the Civil War and
                                              John McKinley — Monetary donation
                                                                                        of 2009                                        I N S I D E TH I S          Tours for the Dodge House,          Victorian Lifestyles will all be      Hope to see our members
    Wally & Mary Ann Johnson — Monetary
                                              Rhonda Diller & Sarah Heitman —                                                               I S S U E :            Railswest Railroad Museum           available for teacher requests
    donation, food for Stilts & light bulbs                                             Iowa Western Quartet — Live music                                                                                                                            this Spring!
                                              Christmas decorations for the four                                                                                   and the Union Pacific Railroad      by the end of March. We
                                                                                        during holiday season on Family Nights
    Rose Dalton — Monetary contribution       urns and railings at the Dodge House                                                    Donations & Thank yous   2   Museum. This is another ex-         thank Patricia LaBountry, our
                                                                                        Mark & Sharon Tedesco—newsletter                                           ample of our three museums          Outreach Coordinator, for her
    LeRoy & Dolly Lovely — Professional       Cathy Born — Gift shop ordering, stock-
                                                                                        mail preparation.                                  Did You Know?...    2
    cleaning treatment on antique chair       ing and displays
                                                                                        HGM Associates — Thanks to Kim
    Del Witherwax — Santa Claus portrayal     Debra Livingston-Gray — Food for Stilts
                                                                                        Bogatz for our kitchen design plans                Upcoming Events     2
    for Family Night
                                              BloomWorks — Handmade bows for            and to HGM Associates for monetary
    Donnis Ahrens — Mrs. Claus portrayal      Dodge House exterior                      donation towards the kitchen project
    for Family Night                                                                                                                    The General’s Store    3                       V o l u n t e e r                  L u n c h e o n
                                              Danette Hein-Snider & Ridgeway            We would like to extend a special
                                                                                                                                                                   The Historic General Dodge          will be on April 19th from
    Ardyth Graps — Vintage clothing           Snider — Visitor’s Guide photo shoot &    thank you to all of the General’s La-
                                                                                                                                           General’s Ladies    3   House wishes to thank all of        11:30 am to 1pm. A delicious
                                              Day with the Dodge’s                      dies, Board Members, docents and
    Kim & Anne McKeown — Food for Stilts                                                                                                                           its volunteers for donating         array of food will be available
                                              Linda Knell — Special assistance with     volunteers who offered their time dur-
    Mike & Barb Nielsen — Front desk                                                                                                                               their time and talents to help      along with hot coffee and des-
                                                                                        ing the Christmas season by staffing                 Railroad Tie      3
                                              Day with the Dodge’s, including all the                                                                              make this House one of the          sert. Volunteers will receive
    poinsettia and volunteer staff during
                                              kitchen food set-up.                      the house, working the front desk and
    the Christmas Season                                                                                                                                           best visitor spots in the city of   their invitation by mail in early
                                                                                        gift shop and bringing treats for our           The Dodge Family       4
                                              Mary Jane Svoboda — Fern plants for                                                                                  Council Bluffs.                     April.
    Dick & Lucy Graeme — Monetary con-                                                  weekend and Family Night visitors.
                                              Dodge House solarium                                                                                                 This year’s volunteer luncheon              WE THANK YOU!
    tribution toward digitization of GMD
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                         T h e         D o d g e           H o u s e            F a m i l y
                                                                                                                                                                       T h e      G e n e r a l ’ s                  S t o r e
Dick Miller — Board President             Aileen Carlson — General’s Ladies            Ellen Damewood — Docent                                                                    Although it seems as though Spring
                                          President                                    Year Began: 1977                                                                           will never arrive, there are signs of
Year Began: 2004
                                                                                                                                                                                  warmer weather in the General’s
                                          Year Began: 2006                             Favorite Room or Artifact: My favorite
Favorite Room or Artifact: My favor-                                                                                                                                              Store. A few bunnies have “hopped”
ite room is the General’s den. I can      Favorite Room or Artifact: My favorite       room in the house is the dining room                                                       into the shop along with Victorian Bird-
picture him sitting with President        room in the Dodge House is the formal        because it contains many original                                                          houses and feeders, new cast iron
Grant chatting and reliving the           dining room, all of the china, crystal,      things. My favorite piece is the wood                                                      pieces, Blue Willow candle holders
events of the Civil War.                  glassware and serving pieces bring a         box on the second floor; it is a beauti-                                                   and a Blue and White miniature kitty
                                          touch of nostalgia.                          fully crafted piece                                                                        cat tea set. And don’t miss the Green
Best Memory: My best memory was
on my first volunteer assignment. I       Best Memory: My best memories have           Best Memories: My best memories                                                            Dot clearance sale.
saw the pictures from his funeral and     been of the teas in the ballroom. I love     are of the tours I give to people who                                                      See you in the shop!
                                                                                                                                              BUNNY TOPIARY
a few General’s personal belongings,      to do hospitality and see the look of        are from other countries. They are all                                                                                                          SQUIRREL FEEDER
                                                                                       very interested in the house despite                                                                                                                 $12.00
such as his wallet with the pictures of   pleasure on someone’s face when you
his three daughters.                      give them a plate of homemade goodies.       some language barriers.

                                                                                                                                          T h e        G e n e r a l ’ s                  L a d i e s            b y     A i l e e n           C a r l s o n
                                                   D i d          y o u       K n o w . . .                                           We, as General’s Ladies, are        City of Council Bluffs, we are     financial contributions to this     members knew of the need,
                          Did you know that General         were African Americans who          network, helped the Union             excited to start another year at    required to have a compliant       worthy project.                     they would be willing to send in
                          Dodge ran an espionage net-       would sneak into the South          officers make shrewd strate-          the Dodge House. Our new            kitchen in order to host any                                           designated funds for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Time is of the essence if we
                          work during the Civil War?        and smuggle back informa-           gic decisions regarding battle        Board is as follows: Aileen         food events in which we re-                                            kitchen project.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             are to raise all necessary
  “...that General                                          tion on where the Confeder-         tactics and helped secure a           Carlson, President; Debra           ceive remuneration. With de-
                          General Dodge worked with                                                                                                                                                          funds and have this project         Thank you for your listening
                                                            ate armies were located and         victory for the Union armies.         Livingston-Gray, Vice Presi-        sign work donated by HGM
  Dodge was the           over 100 secret agents who                                                                                                                                                         completed before the much           ear and any monetary dona-
                                                            what their weaknesses were.                                               dent; Kathryn Schlott, Secre-       Associates, the kitchen com-
                          were only identified by num-                                                                                                                                                       anticipated Fall Tea in Septem-     tions. If you would like to con-
  head of a secret                                                                                                                    tary; Diana Benzing, Treasurer.     mittee has decided on final
                          bers and would not reveal         Dodge’s spies helped him                                                                                                                         ber. There will be a need for       tribute, please send your dona-
                                                                                                                                                                          plans which have been ap-
   spy network?”          their names to anyone includ-     estimate the size of any                                                  2010 will be the year that the                                         extra dollars above and be-         tions to 605 Third Street, at-
                                                                                                                                                                          proved by the Board of Trus-
                          ing his superiors.                enemy force based on the                                                  ballroom kitchen will be re-                                           yond what we have on hand at        tention to the General’s Ladies
                                                                                                                                                                          tees. We thank all parties
                                                            space it occupied on the road.                                            modeled. Due to newly                                                  present. I am optimistic            Kitchen Project.
                          Among his spies, Dodge used                                                                                                                     involved for their vision and
                                                            That, coupled with informa-                                               adopted health laws by the                                             enough to believe that if our
                          men and women, many who
                                                            tion brought back by his spy

                                       U p c o m i n g              E v e n t s                                                               T h e          R a i l r o a d              T i e       b y     P a t r i c i a         L a B o u n t y

History at High Noon—             Heirloom Plant Sale—             18th Annual Garden Walk—           Railroad Days—July 17th &       The successful completion of        eral Dodge’s Autobiography.         Bluffs. On the 13th Linda           ences. Finally on April 15th,
April 13, 14 & 15th - 12pm        May 8th — 8am to 12pm            June 27th, 10am to 4pm.            18th, 9am to 5pm                another holiday season brings       This exhibit will be on display     Knell will discuss Annie Witten-    William Feis, Professor of His-
                                                                                                                                      us to our new theme - the Civil     until February, 2011. In honor      meyer; awarded the Congres-         tory at Buena Vista University
Location: The Center, 714 S.      Location: Front porch of the     Location: Historic General         Location: Lauritzen Gardens,
                                                                                                                                      War. A series of exhibits in the    of this year’s Civil War theme      sional Medal of Honor for her       in Storm Lake and author of
Main St.                          Historic General Dodge           Dodge House and several            Durham Museum, Union
                                                                                                                                      basement cases will explore         and the General’s April 12th        work among the Union                “Grant’s Secret Service”, will
                                  House.                           other local gardens                Pacific Railroad Museum,
Admission: $5.00 for lecture                                                                                                          Dodge’s Civil War experience        birthday, “History at High          wounded. April 14th, William        lecture about Dodge’s involve-
                                                                                                      Historic General Dodge
and sandwich                      Several varieties of heirloom    Enjoy local fauna as you visit                                     largely through letters written     Noon” returns. This year the        Montgomery, a Military History      ment in the spy trade. Admis-
                                                                                                      House, Railswest Museum.
                                  plants and seeds will be         several private gardens, in-                                       by him to family at home. This      popular “lunch and learn” lec-      graduate student at UNL, will       sion is just $5. All lectures
Lectures will focus on Civil
                                  available for purchase.          cluding a continental break-       Admission is just $10 per       exhibit, entitled “Letters Home”    ture series will be April 13, 14    speak about medicine during         begin at 12:00 pm so please
War discussions from three
                                                                   fast at the Dodge House.           family for all five museums!    will allow visitors to read these   & 15th at the Center, located       the Civil War and how that          arrive early.
different speakers.
                                                                                                                                      letters reproduced from Gen-        at 714 S. Main St. in Council       relates to Dodge’s own experi-