Juba: The Hidden Meanings of Music

African American Museum of Iowa 55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids , IA

Join us for the first session of our Children’s Summer Series! Juba is a style of music that involves clapping, snapping, stomping, and making complex rhythms with your own body as a percussion instrument. By discovering its origins and understanding the lyrics of Juba songs, kids can learn African American history in a unique way. […]

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History Adventures: Driven By Hope

African American Museum of Iowa 55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids , IA

Join us for the second session of our Summer History Adventure Series! Based on our current temporary exhibit, Driven By Hope, kids will learn about African American migration to Iowa in 1911. Through the experiences of African Americans in Waterloo, kids will leave with a deeper understanding of the issues migrants faced. After a stroll […]

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History Adventures – Olympic Heroes

African American Museum of Iowa 55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids , IA

The Summer Olympics have come a year early at AAMI! For this History Adventure, kids will learn about Olympic heroes like Thomas Hill, Wilma Rudolph, and Jesse Owens, and participate in several Olympic-style events outside. In the case of inclement weather, an indoor program about Iowa’s most successful black engineer, Archie Alexander, will take place. […]

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History Adventures – SuperSoaked

African American Museum of Iowa 55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids , IA

Be sure to bring a swimsuit, towels, and all your favorite water guns for the final session of this Summer’s History Adventures! Kids will learn about Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the SuperSoaker, before heading outside for water warfare! Suggested for children ages 3-13. In case of rain, alternative activities will take place inside. Please make […]

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History Adventures: The Story of African American Jazz

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Do you feel the rhythm? Do you hear the melody? Get ready for a toe-tapping good time with our Jazz History Adventure. Come with us as we learn more about African American Jazz musicians and possibly introduce you to some new favorites! For our activity we will be making 3 different homemade instruments, so you […]

History Adventures: Lights, Camera, Action!

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Lights, Camera, Action! Join us as we look at the history of African Americans' journey to the big stage. From small theatres to Broadway, we will see where this adventure takes us! We will be creating spoon actors and actresses for you to put on your own play!

History Adventures: Black Girls in Science

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In partnership with Collins Aerospace, the AAMI brings you a special Black Girls in Science History Adventure where we will explore female historical figures in STEM and the emerging great STEM scholars of today. We will also get to meet two local STEM students from the University of Iowa. They will share about themselves and […]