Thursday, June 7, 2012

American Gothic House Center Turns Five!

This weekend marks the 42nd year of American Gothic Days…AND the American Gothic House Center’s 5th anniversary!  It is wonderful to look back and see all that has been accomplished over the last five years. 

Since opening, the Center has hosted over 52,000 visitors from all 50 states and 52 countries.  Over 4,000 students and other groups have toured the Center and Center staff and volunteers have given over 75 programs both at the Center and at other schools and institutions.  Also important to note—volunteers have donated more than 6,000 hours of their time since opening--which doesn’t include the countless hours given to make their dream a reality!

Thank you to everyone who has helped the Center to become a success over the last five years and we hope for many more years to come!

And while celebrating our milestone we will also be celebrating Iowa Museum Week!  Governor Terry Branstad has proclaimed June 11-17, 2012 as Iowa Museum Week.  

--Museums rank among the top three family vacation destinations
--Visitors to historic sites & cultural attractions stay 53% longer and spend 36% more money than other kinds of tourists.
--Cultural & heritage activities account for more than 23% of all domestic trips recorded by the tour & travel industry
--When making a decision to relocate, businesses factor in access to cultural resources that includes a dynamic museum community according to research by the National Governors Association.

For more information detailing the importance of Iowa Museums see this flier put out by the Iowa Museum Association

Upcoming events:
June 8-10:  American Gothic Days
Art Contest
5K Run/Walk
Bike Ride

Holly Berg
American Gothic House Center


  1. Are there other American Gothic Centers ? And having this Center is it just for those that pose like the picture of old man & woman with one of them holding the rake?

  2. The visitor center is located next to the house used in the painting American Gothic, so it is the only visitor center of its kind. We provide visitors an educational experience to learn the history of the house, the painting, and its artist Grant Wood. We also have costumes and pitchforks visitors can use to have their picture taken in front of the house to make their own American Gothic portrait.