Muscatine Magazine, Winter 2022

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ISSN 2475-7128 Winter 2022

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Editor’s Corner

2021 Highlights In this issue Vision Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 MCC Sculpture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Brad Bark. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Muscatine in Focus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Programming. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 City Charter, First Woman Mayor. . . . 12 Community Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Muscatine Art Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 GMCCI Highlights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

On the Cover Terry Thompson of Muscatine took this picture after an ice storm in January of 2021. “Everything was so beautiful. I decided to drive around taking some photos. I wanted a different view of Muscatine so I drove across the bridge.” After nearly getting his truck stuck on the levee road, he walked down to the river and captured this shot. He posted this picture and a few others on Facebook where they have received over 1,200 shares, 6,000 reactions and over a thousand comments.

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While Covid-19 did not really allow us to return to the “normal” everyone was hoping for in 2021, there were still plenty of new and exciting things happening in Muscatine. I am also pleased to announce the completion of our newest publication, the Live Muscatine Community Welcome Guide, which will help introduce prospective and new residents to all that Muscatine has to offer!

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Dr. Beth Repp

Taking Care of Your Eyes and You By Jim Elias William Shakespeare once wrote, “The eyes are the window to your soul”. Matthew wrote, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” In 2022, state-of-the-art technology gives the team at Muscatine’s Vision Center, P.C., the ability to quickly and most effectively assess and diagnose the health of one’s eyes. All of the doctors and staff believe healthy eyes are essential for life. They work to help

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each patient see the world clearly and comfortably, not just for today, but for the rest of his or her life. “People need a little time to talk about life,” says Dr. Patrick Walsh. “We get to know our patients … what makes them tick and what’s important to them. We enjoy helping individuals and hope our patients feel better about themselves when they leave.” The goal at Vision Center, P.C. is to change the way people think about their eyes. That starts with a warm friendly greeting from the bright-eyed staff at

the front door. Welcoming eyes meet you as you move around the practice. And when your eye exam begins, the doctors and technicians talk you through each step so you understand how the latest technology available will help you and your eyes be the healthiest they can be.

Clearing up concerns and fears Two common eye conditions often the source of fear and concern are cataracts and dry eye. Vision Center, P.C. uses specialists, technology, and courses of action to help patients get the care they need for heathy eyes.


For cataract patients, Dr. Beth Repp is the only cataract surgeon that practices in Muscatine. Vision Center, P.C. makes it convenient for patients to not have to go out of town to see a surgeon. She is also the only surgeon in Muscatine providing eye medication injections for Macular Degeneration and Diabetic eye changes. Dr. Repp is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, holds professional membership in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and has had numerous articles published in professional journals. She is available for appointments at Vision Center, P.C. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Dry Eye is another condition with a cloudy perception. Dr. Walsh explains it is long-term condition that causes both discomfort and fluctuation in vision. “There is not one main cause for dry eye,” says Dr. Walsh. “It can be frustrating for patients because there are so many factors

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By Jessica Hubbard Art has long been an expression of human creativity, a medium to connect communities and spur imagination. When Naomi DeWinter, president of the Muscatine Community College (MCC), learned of a grant being offered through the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, she jumped at the chance to apply. “The goal in applying for the grant was to help make the campus a place to enjoy, a space where you could ‘run’ into a piece of art,” says DeWinter. Not only would an art installation breathe life into the campus, it would also offer the opportunity for collaboration between an artist, faculty, and students. A blending of individuals coming together to share ideas and a vision of what they could accomplish together as a team.

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Upon receiving the grant in 2019, the wheels of creation began to turn. Locating an artist to lead the project was key in getting things up and running. Identified by Melanie Alexander, Director of the Muscatine Art Center, artist John VandeWalle was invited to participate in the creative process. A Midwest native, born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois, VandeWalle, an abstract artist and selftaught welder, was excited to be recruited for the project. “This was the first time

I’d been asked to work on a collaboration of a public sculpture of this size. It was cool to get all these people together.” MCC Ag students began researching similar art projects. Pulling the college welding department into the mix was next on the agenda. With plans to display the sculpture on campus in early 2020, MCC students along with VandeWalle began gathering supplies for the beginning stages of the sculpture. From repurposing old farm equipment to utilizing a state of the art plasma cutter, ideas for the art piece began to take shape. Unfortunately, the pandemic had other plans for the project. With in-person classes on hiatus and businesses and organizations closing their doors for an undetermined amount of time, it was


A blending of individuals coming together to share ideas and a vision of what they could accomplish together as a team. uncertain what the impact on the creation of the sculpture would be. However, VandeWalle said there was a silver lining under it all, “Ideas flowed even when everything else had come to a standstill. We had more time to think and plan. The idea of the project grew.” Despite a 16 month lull, VandeWalle, students, and faculty stayed in contact, sharing their thoughts of what they imagined the finished project to look like. The end goal was to create a piece of art that highlighted the history of agriculture in Iowa. MCC Farm Management and Agribusiness Management instructor, Julia Dieckman recalls the process, “It was a great experience watching our agriculture students work together to come up with ideas for what the sculpture could become. They shared their vision with

the welding department and sculptor who helped bring that vision to life.” In addition to the Ag and welding students, short-term MCC course participants and students from the Muscatine High School were also involved in the project collaboration. As the process continued, ideas flowed, and connections made were key to completion. Christopher Kramer, MCC’s Welding/Manufacturing instructor felt each individual involved learned something new and played an integral role in the work. “I have always enjoyed welding but I have never done a sculpture like the one we did with John. I learned so much from John, he has a very creative mind. It was a blast watching him work with the students and watch this sculpture come together bit by bit.

The students really enjoyed learning from John and helping John with this as well. It’s one thing to weld but it’s another thing to create and build, all three things came together on this sculpture.” Almost 2 years after the initial concept came into existence, the sculpture is now on display outside at the Muscatine Community College campus. Located on the quad, the space is open to the public and can be viewed in every season. Next on tap will be a contest to officially name the sculpture. Dieckman adds, “We are very fortunate to have a beautiful piece of art created by our students that represents Iowa agriculture on our campus.” To learn more about the sculpture, please contact Naomi DeWinter, president of Muscatine Community College at ndewinter@eicc.edu. n

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SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Brad Bark Muscatine Mayor Brad Bark, a husband, dad, doctor, chiropractor, landlord, building renovator, and business owner is adding a new title into the mix: Mayor. Sworn in as Muscatine Mayor on December 16, 2021, Brad is Muscatine’s 77th Mayor. Originally from Wisconsin, Brad and his wife Candice moved to Muscatine and immediately plugged into the community. His positive can-do attitude and fresh perspective makes him Someone You Should Know! Tell us a little bit about you! I am originally from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. After high school I went to St. Cloud State, Minnesota to become a woodshop teacher and football coach. I soon realized that I wanted to be in the health field and transferred to University of Wisconsin-Platteville to take biology courses with an emphasis in chiropractic. While attending college in Platteville I met my wife, Candice. Knowing that I was going into the chiropractic field she was able to find a job after she graduated in Muscatine Iowa at Stanley Consultants. Candice is an environmental engineer. After I graduated, we got married and I moved to the local Steamboat Apartments off 61 and Mulberry. I attended college at Palmer College of 8 Muscatine Magazine • Winter 2022

Chiropractic and graduated in 2011 as a Doctor of Chiropractic. I opened Bark Chiropractic and Rehab Clinic May 2nd, 2011. We also own a couple buildings downtown that we renovated to help the downtown come back to life. We have three children named Cora (9), David (6) and Reuben (3). We attend church locally and have been plugged into the community since we moved into town. What do you like most about Muscatine? I love the history of Muscatine and the Riverfront. Walking up and down the riverfront is extremely relaxing and such a beautiful site. I also like the innovative industries that helped put Muscatine on the map.

Describe your journey from chiropractor to mayor! In early 2021 I injured my neck resulting in surgery late June. I realized that there was probably a chance that I was not able to do chiropractic for some time until I was fully healed, so taking some time off I was able to join the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. I was able to have some time to clear my mind on what the next step was. At the beginning of August, I started to receive messages from individuals asking if I would ever consider running for mayor of Muscatine. At this point I never thought about it as my mind was way too busy. Then I thought to myself, I love making a difference and working with people. I then reached out to a couple and asked for guidance on running a campaign. In mid-August I announced that I was running for mayor and had great feedback from the public. What made you want to run for office? I ran for office to make a difference. My main objective is to focus on housing, economic development and collaboration throughout all of Muscatine.


What surprised you most about running for office? I was extremely surprised about all of the support as I was running for the mayoral office. I never expect anything and truly believe that you have to work for it. I’ve met so many wonderful people that I’ve never met before and have built many friendships already. Tell us about your campaign slogan was “Be Your Best”. “Be Your Best!” Means no matter what life throws at you or how do you start your day, we need to always remember to put our best foot forward and be our best and stay positive. There will always be a “storm” in our life that WILL pass. Knowing that a storm will happen you

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John Lilley

1841

Thomas Darlington

1842

David Clark

1843

John A. Parvin

1844

Stephen L. Foss

1845

Charles Evans

1846

Stephen L. Foss

1847

J.M. Barlow

1848

Thomas M. Isett

1849 Elias Overman 1850

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William D. Ament

1851 Zephania Washburn

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Aulay Macauley

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Thomas M. Isett

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John G. Stein

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John A. Parvin

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J.H. Wallace

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can make the best of it and keep on pushing forward. How would you best describe your role as Mayor? The role of the Mayor of Muscatine is to facilitate the meetings and to be an ambassador for Muscatine. I have been able to be a part of many boards since I started office and I have been learning much. I plan on listening more as I am learning the processes of being the Mayor. What do you hope to accomplish during your first term? Great question, I hope to accomplish several things during my first term. The first of which is to be an ambassador

for Muscatine. I hope to increase the awareness of working together as a TEAM is how we will continue to meet goals. I also want to create a sense of great communication with the City of Muscatine, having all of the different facets of Muscatine sharing great things happening in our city. Is there anything else you think people would want to know about you or your role in the community? I feel blessed to have the opportunity to serve as your Mayor of Muscatine. I also continue to pray for the safety of our city and that Muscatine will continue to be prosperous. Great things happen when we work together and communicate. n

PRESIDENTS & MAYORS

OF BLOOMINGTON/MUSCATINE

1932-35

Herman B. Lord

1936-37

Carl Gunzenhauser

1938-41

Samuel G. Bronner

1942-45

R.E. Dunker

1946-49

H. Elmo Ferguson

1950-53

Bert P. Olsen

1954-55

H. Elmo Ferguson

1956-61

Walter Conway

1962-65

Robert Bosch

1966-73

Edward S. Burns

1974-75

Ronald Hanson

1976-81

Evelyn Schauland

1982-84

Donald R. Platt

1985

Clair E. York

1986-87

Richard H. Waltman

1864

S.D.Viele

1892

R.T. Wallace

1865-66

Benjamin Hershey

1893

John M. Gobble

1867

George Meason

1894

Edward B. Fulliam

1868

E. Klein

1895

A.S. Lawrence

1869

William B. Keeler

1896-99

Edward B. Fulliam

1870-71

S.G. Stein

1900-01

Barney Schmidt

1872-73

J.P. Ament

1902-05

Robert S. McNutt

1874

Richard Musser

1906-07

Jacob Asthalter

1875

Henry Molis

1908

Barney Schmidt

1876

J.P. Ament

1877-78

Richard Musser

1909 Barney Schmidt William Grossklaus

1879-81

George W. Dillaway

1910-11

W.S. Hill

1988-89

Don LeMar

1882

T.R. Fitzgerald

1912-13

Conrad Koehler

1990-93

John Keig Jeanette Phillips Dick O’Brien

1883-85

R.T. Wallace

1914-15

Harry Kern

1993-95

1886-88

John M. Gobble

1916-23

Robert S. McNutt

1996-2011

1924-25

J.B. Miller

2011-2015 DeWayne Hopkins

George Meason

1889 John M. Gobble Gustave Schmidt

1926-27

B.C. Benham

2016-2021

Henry Funck

1890-91

1928-31

Herbert G. Thompson

2022-Present Brad Bark

Gustave Schmidt

Diana Broderson

From 1839, when the town of Bloomington was incorporated, until 1850, when the city received its charter, the chief official was called President. Joseph Williams was the first president of the town. His term of office was for one year, as was apparently that of all the succeeding presidents up to 1850.

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This is the year the name of Bloomington was changed to Muscatine. Zephania Washburn became the first mayor of Muscatine in 1851, when the town first became a full fledged city as the result of being granted a charter by the state legislature. He was succeeded in the same year of Aulay Macauley.

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Muscatine in Focus:

Communication, Positivity, and Inspiration Muscatine In Focus is a new show hosted by Mayor Brad Bark and produced by Muscatine Community College. It features community leaders, city officials, representatives from local organizations, and citizens just like you! Each show consists of 2-4 segments. The Our City segment represents a wide variety of individuals and/or businesses that want to share how what they do to contribute to make Muscatine great. Be Your Best

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represents how an individual and/or business goes above and beyond to make Muscatine a better place. Council Connection represents individuals from the City Council talking about what is happening in their part of the city they represent, including projects and events happening in their designated area. City Talk represents different departments within the City that deals with operations of city function. n

New Episodes on Thursdays! Watch a new episode every Thursday around 5:30 pm on Muscatine access channel 9 on MPW cable and YouTube. It is also shared on the Muscatine in Focus Facebook page.

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PROGRAMMING FOR ALL AGES! MUSCATINE ART CENTER Coordinator Katy for a Kids Open Studio! Kids and their families can drop in anytime between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 and try their hands at the different crafts and art projects. Try one, try them all! No experience is necessary, and registrations are not required for this free drop in workshop. Projects appropriate for ages 4 and up.

Saturday Kids Workshops In these workshops designed for kids ages 7-14, kids can celebrate another culture, paint like a famous artist, and more! Celebrate Grant Wood’s birthday February 19 by drawing chickens, and celebrate Juan Gris’ birthday March 12 by painting in his Cubist style. Workshops are free, registrations required the Wednesday before class. Visit musctineartcenter.org for more information and to sign up.

Mini Masters Introduce your little ones ages 2 - 7 to the world of art with free art classes. Each class consists of a story and two art projects, and a different theme is offered each month. Classes meet Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. Registrations required. Adult Studio A variety of Adult Studio classes are presented each month. Explore watercolor and more with Vada Baker in Red Barn Studio, and get crafty in the Thursday Night

Kids Open Studio Do you have an artistic child who needs a creative outlet? If so, join Program

Makerspace with our Program Coordinator Katy. Visit muscatineartcenter.org for a full class schedule. Registrations required. Family Fun at Home! Stop by the Muscatine Art Center during open hours and grab a “Take & Make” kit. Each bag contains a project you can complete at home with just a few additional supplies. These bags are free to pick up while supplies last. Pick up a “Spring Break” bag between March 11 and 18.

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Baby Lapsit Circle time and social time for the very youngest, ages birth to three plus parent or caregiver. Meet for songs, fingerplays, and stories, then adjourn to the children’s department for play and social time. Sparkplugs Aimed at 4 through 8-year-old’s, but everyone in the family is welcome to attend and participate. We start each program with a big, healthy snack.

Adult Book Club - Virtual Join your fellow book lovers for a book discussion of our monthly read. New titles are chosen every month ranging from local authors and best- sellers all from different genres. Preschool Storytime Stories, songs, fun, and something special in Betty’s basket, for ages 2-6. Mother/Daughter Book Club Enjoy a book together at home, then join friends for club activities at the library.

Skeleton Key Calling all brave and adventurous tweens, ages 7 through 12! Skeleton Key Adventure Club brings you handson science exploration. All those who participate in the adventure receive a skeleton key to wear on a lanyard each time they attend. Julie’s Kitchen Table Homeschoolers! Enjoy a literature and activity program with Julie. Tai Chi - Virtual Practiced as a graceful form of exercise involving a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Muscatine Magazine • Winter 2022 11


The City Charter & the First Woman Mayor The Muscatine Art Center’s permanent collection includes several artifacts related to the politics and voting history of Muscatine County. Among those items is the original, handwritten Charter of the City of Muscatine. The Charter addresses all factions of city government as well as the name change from ‘Bloomington’ to ‘Muscatine’. Written with pen and ink on handmade rag paper, the document was signed on February 5, 1851, by Iowa Speaker of the House of Representatives, George Temple and President of the Iowa Senate, Enos Lowe.

Photo from the December 19, 1975 edition of The Muscatine Journal shows newly elected city officials. Front row, left to right, Larry Kemp, alderman-at-large; new mayor Evelyn Shauland; A.M. “Buster” Thorton, alderman-at-large; Wayne A. Garrett, 1st ward alderman. Back row, left to right, Gayle Sayles, park commissioner; Richard Waltman, 2nd ward alderman; John Duncan, 5th ward alderman; Patrick Hopewell, 4th ward alderman. Photo by Joe Knaapen.

Noted sections of the Charter, covering the role of ‘Mayor’, are partially noted below in the transcription: Sec. 8. The Officers of the City shall be a Mayor, two aldermen from each ward, a Marshall, Recorder, Treasurer, Asfefsor [sic] and wharf Master for the choice of whom an election shall be holden annually on the first Monday of March, AD. and each of whom will hold his office for the term of one year (except in the case of the alderman as hereafter provided) and untill [sic] their fuccefsor [sic] are elected and qualified. Sec. 10. It is the duty of the Mayor to see that the laws and ordinances of the City are executed and their violation punished to superintend and direct the Official Conduct of the Subordinate Officers… Far left: Inaugural Dress worn in 1976, by Evelyn L Schauland - first woman mayor of Muscatine. 3-piece red knit ensemble with white fur collar decorated with pearl bead trim. Gift of Evelyn L. Schauland Right: The original handwritten charter of the City of Muscatine. Bottom: Hand ballot boxes were used by placing small, black or white marble size balls into a side hole on the box, to cast a person’s vote. The final vote was tallied by counting the balls. Majority won. The term ‘black-balled’ came from black balls representing the ‘nay’ vote. 12 Muscatine Magazine • Winter 2022


to perform such duties and exercise such powers as pertain to the Office of Mayor of a City… Sec. 16. The legislative authority of the City is vested in a City Council consisting of the Mayor and a board of aldermen composed of two from each ward of the City. Sec. 20. Ordinances pafsed [sic] by the City Council shall be signed by the Mayor and attested by the Recorder… A native of Muscatine, Evelyn Schauland became the first woman to sit on the Muscatine city council in 1965 when she was elected alderman-at-large. According to the Muscatine Journal, she held the post for three years. Ten years later, she was elected Muscatine’s first woman mayor, after running against alderman William Angell. Mayor Schauland was instrumental in getting the US Highway 61 Bypass built around Muscatine. In 1976, “Schauland, who spent $311 of her own money on the campaign, said she was returning unopened all the contributions she received during the past few months.” The economical campaign was used to emphasize her commitment to economy in city government. During the campaign, Schauland said she would be a “full-time mayor,” but that did not mean she would “take over the city administrator’s duties.” “That job requires a trained professional,” she continued. “But under no circumstances, will he give orders to the council. I want the council members to think for themselves.”

In another Journal article she stated “a mayor has to take a stand. You can’t please everybody but you must take a stand and try to do what is right for the people of the community.” “I feel that one of the biggest contributions the mayor can make toward good city government is to spend enough time in each department to know that the people who are being paid for doing a job

for the city are actually doing the job.” Schauland said “I will work for the continued progress of Muscatine and the betterment of each one of its citizens through honest and efficient effort…Anyone who thinks that city problems are solved by great flashes of intuition is naïve to say the least. They are solved by people working together, hard, on a day to day basis.” n

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A Village Establishes a Home The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine recognizes the limited supply of workforce housing in our community and the impact this has on our families and economic vitality. We have a need for housing across all wealth classes in Muscatine County. Housing is vital for economic success. Among the statistics we have 12,000 people that drive into our county to work each day because they can’t find appropriate housing. One day last spring we had 28 homes for sale across the 9,000+ households in the Muscatine community. In addition, our children on free lunches change schools three to four times more often within our school district in a given year than other children due to high housing costs. We simply have a supply-side failure. In 2020, our Board of Directors identified an opportunity to purchase and deliver a Homes for Iowa home to the city of Muscatine through the Iowa Prison Industries Project in Newton. The decision reflected a two-fold win by adding a unit of affordable housing to the county, while increasing the likelihood of success for prisoners who worked on the homes. Recidivism of offenders that participate in prison-built home building is an astounding 30% less than any other trade training and better prepares participants for re-entry with the opportunity of living-wage skills in a high demand field. Senator Mark Lofgren was one of the primary drivers in establishing the Homes for Iowa initiative. According to Jack Whitver of the Iowa Senate, “Working on unique solutions to 14 Muscatine Magazine • Winter 2022

The bottom left photo shows the 704 Spring Street house that was beyond repair and slated for demolition, July of 2021. The other images showcase the exterior and interior of the new home that was delivered and set on the site, September 2021. increase opportunity for Iowans to have access to affordable housing, is a cornerstone of Mark’s legislative achievements.” The Homes for Iowa philosophy is, “to address Iowa’s housing shortage, train offenders in skilled trades and reduce recidivism”. Prisoners at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Newton, Iowa, are learning construction trade training for a vocation upon release. The training is overseen by Master level tradesman in their individual craft. The homes are constructed onsite at the Penitentiary and performed to meet the highest standards in the state to

ensure building code compliance in all jurisdictions. Charla Schafer, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, and Jodi Royal-Goodwin, Community Development Director of the City of Muscatine, went on site in 2020 to tour the facility and several homes under development before bringing the opportunity to the Community Foundation Board of Directors for consideration. The home is a high-quality stick-built 1,200 square foot, three-bedroom, two bath ranch style home. The home is built as a single unit and is shipped via transit to the identified lot.

The Community Foundation works with individuals, businesses and organizations to help meet their charitable goals by forming, managing and administering funds. These funds directly impact area residents by addressing important needs and/or enhancing the quality of life in Muscatine County.


As developer of this project, the Community Foundation has worked with the local Council of Government to apply for a home. Denise Bulat, Executive Director of the Bi-State Regional Commission noted, “Bi-State Regional Commission is very pleased to partner with the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine and the City of Muscatine on this important Homes for Iowa project. The project provides affordable housing to a deserving family while improving a neighborhood and provides training in the skilled trades to inmates who build these homes, reducing recidivism and growing our workforce.” The Community Foundation partnered with the City of Muscatine to receive a parcel of land at 704 Spring Street to serve as the home’s lot. Jodi Royal-Goodwin added, “Using the Homes for Iowa program allows the community to add a quality housing unit in an efficient manner. There is efficiency in getting a home constructed and ready for to be lived in as well as providing an energy efficient home to the occupant. Both forms contribute to making the home more affordable to workers living in our community. “

line to perform all necessary permitting, clearing, and developing of the lot. The new home was delivered late September. It made its route as one unit across the state and with local fanfare as it traversed through Muscatine, with a police escort accompanying. Muscatine Power and Water and Century Link stayed one step ahead, raising and lowering lines as it passed. The home was met by a crowd of neighbors and onlookers as it arrived at Spring Street. Hackett Construction finished the project by ensuring all necessary electrical and plumbing connections completed, sidewalks and patio poured, and appliances and floor coverings added to finish the project.

Schafer noted, “the Community Foundation is grateful that the City of Muscatine has partnered with us. Our goal remains to create an affordable, high-quality opportunity for first-time home ownership. It is truly is a beautiful home, inside and out.” According to a September 2021 article in the Des Moines Register, “The Homes for Iowa program started in 2019 and is modeled after a similar program in South Dakota. In just this past year, Homes for Iowa built 24 homes. Squires said the program is hoping to build 36 to 40 in 2022.” Governor Reynolds recently committed $10 million to further advance the program to aid in creating home stock and stabilizing prisoner re-entry.

Our goal remains to create an affordable, high-quality opportunity for first-time home ownership.

The house at the Spring Street address which was beyond repair, was demolished and the overgrown trees and yard brush cleared, improving the neighborhood safety and aesthetics. Hackett Construction worked within a tight time-

In addition, another beneficiary of the home is the County, City, and local school district who will receive revolving income through property taxes.

This project adds a unit of quality, affordable housing for families in our community, supports the Prison Industries training model, and assists in increasing the conversation around the need for more housing in our community.

Schafer added, “The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is committed to bring a unit to West Liberty and Wilton, if both communities have an interest. Due to the growing popularity of the program, it appears that 2022 builds are already oversubscribed, so it will be necessary to look to 2023.”

The home is for sale and will be sold to a first-time homeowner household, making less than $100,000 who plans to stay in the home for at least 5 years.

To support local housing efforts or to learn more, please call the Community Foundation at 563-264-3863 or visit muscatinecommunityfoundation.org. n

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The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine, Iowa. Details about programs and exhibitions are posted on muscatineartcenter.org. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free of charge.

Muscatine Art Center 2022 Exhibition Schedule March 10 – May 15, 2022

Middle School and High School Art Exhibition Recent work by middle and high school students showcases their creativity and skill. In partnership with Muscatine Sister Cities and Global Education at the Stanley Center, a portion of the exhibition is dedicated to the Sister Cities International’s 2022 theme of “Sustainable Water for All.” Five local students will be awarded cash prizes during the reception on March 31st from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. May 26 – August 21, 2022

Where Children Sleep Photographer James Mollison presents the stories of diverse children around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms. Mollison addresses the complex situations and social issues affecting children by documenting the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances.

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Captivated by Japan: Laura Musser McColm and Her Era As a teenager, Laura Musser McColm attended the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Then, as a newlywed, she explored the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. Japan’s significant presence at both of these World’s Fairs, as well as other expositions, contributed greatly to America’s fascination with Japanese-inspired design. For Laura, this enthusiasm continued for decades as reflected in her clothing, home furnishings, and Japanese Garden. September 3 – October 23, 2022

“What Follows is True: Crescent Hotel” by Sean Fitzgibbons Sean Fitzgibbons presents original artwork from his nonfiction graphic novel that explores Norman Baker from his beginnings in Muscatine through the strange and tragic years of The Baker Hospital at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, to his prison sentence and then his final years living on board a yacht. Captivated by Japan

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Elephant & Piggie in We Are Art Mo Willems’s best-selling, awardwinning early reader series features best friends Elephant Gerald and Piggie, who are ready to hit the road in this special touring exhibition organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Since their debut in 2007, Elephant and Piggie have entertained millions of children and adults with their hilarious escapades that impart valuable lessons on manners, empathy, emotions, and – most importantly – friendship. n Muscatine Magazine • Winter 2022 17


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GMCCI 2021 MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

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Visit Muscatine on the Road! Visit Muscatine has wrapped a 45' semitrailer featuring sights and attractions from Muscatine! This partnership with Travel Iowa and Ruan will last for two years and over 700,000 miles making stops across all 99 counties in Iowa. Also be on the lookout for Visit Muscatine’s Digital Billboard. The billboard will be located on John Deere Road & 60th facing east (reaching traffic heading east to I-74) from May-June 2022.

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