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Some great sites to visit if you want to know more about museums, art collections, Muscatine and more!

Muscatine Convention & Visitors Bureau

To learn more about Muscatine, its businesses, transportation, parks, dining, lodging and more visit this site.

American Association of Museums (AAM)

Founded in 1906, the American Association of Museums (AAM) is dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum community. Through advocacy, professional education, information exchange, accreditation, and guidance on current professional standards of performance, AAM assists museum staff, boards, and volunteers across the country to better serve the public.

Iowa Museum Association (IMA)

A website designed to help you experience the cultural heritage of Iowa by showcasing the wide variety of Iowa Museum Association museums within the state.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent federal agency that fosters leadership, innovation and a lifetime of learning.  IMLS supports all types of museums from art and history to science and zoos, and all types of libraries and archives, from public and academic to research and school.  IMLS expands the educational benefit of these institutions by encouraging partnerships. 

Musser Public Library 

Mon. - Thurs.   
10am - 9pm
Fri.  10am - 5pm
Sat. 10am - 5pm
Sun. 1pm - 5pm

tel. 563.263.3065
fax. 563.264.1033

304 Iowa Avenue
Muscatine, IA 52761


Muscatine Symphony Orchestra

"The mission of the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Association is to enrich the cultural life of the Greater Muscatine Community by presenting and maintaining symphonic music of the highest quality and by providing comprehensive music education opportunities to the Muscatine area."  


Iowa Division of Tourism

Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or a fun-filled family vacation in the land between the Mississippi River and the Missouri River, nearly everything you need to know about Iowa attractions, destinations and special events is just a mouse click away.  Visit this site to find out more about Iowa museums and many other attractions and accommodations throughout the state.


Allan Houser - Native American Artist

The Muscatine Art Center owns two important works by this Native American artist.  If you would like to know more about his work visit this site.

SoHo Galleries - Australia

SOHO galleries wish to encourage all aspects of creativity in the art world through promotion, exhibition, and placement. Opportunities abound in what is now an ever-shrinking planet, through improved transport services, tourism, and more particularly communication mediums involving visual imagery transfers...

Visit this site, a free cultural information resource designed for art enthusiasts, families, students, teachers, curators, historians, librarians, and anyone else who enjoys exploring cultural, historical, scientific and natural site attractions from around the world.  This website simplifies the search for the best and most useful museum-related content on the Web.  From the site, you can quickly and easily locate museums by city, state, country, name and topic: find exhibit dates, virtual collections, educational and industry resources and more.

Let us watch well our beginnings, and results will manage themselves.
Alexander Clark,  The Colored Orator of the West
Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Biographical Section, 1879, page 597
ALEXANDER CLARK, retired (more popularly known as the colored orator of the West); is a native of Washington Co, Penn., and was born Feb. 25, 1826; he received but a limited education in the common schools of his native village; but he was a bright, intelligent lad and seemed to learn by intuition. At the age of 13, he removed to Cincinatti, Ohio, where he learned the barbering business with his uncle, who also sent him to school for about a year, where he made considerable proficiency in grammar, arithmetic, geography and natural philosophy. In May, 1842, he came to Iowa, and located in Muscatine, which has since been his home; he conducted a barber shop until about 1868, when his health compelled him to seek a more active business; having by industry and economy accumulated some capital, he invested in real estate; bought some timber land; obtained contracts for the furnishing of wood to steamboats; did some speculating which proved to be successful, and the result is the accumulation of a competence on which he lives in ease and retirement. In 1851, he became a member of the Masonic Order by joining Prince Hall Lodge, No. 1, of St. Louis; in 1868, he was Arched, Knighted and elected Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge; H. McGee Alexander, then Grand Master, died April 20, 1868, and Mr. Clark became Grand Master in his stead, and fulfilled his unexpired term; the jurisdiction then extended over Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi; he organized all the subordinate Lodges in the last three States and assisted in organizing their Grand Lodges; at the next annual meeting of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, he was elected Grand Treasurer, and appointed a delegate to the Most Worshipful National Grand Compact of Masons (colored) for the United States, held at Wilmington, Del., Oct. 9, 1869; in June, 1869, he was again elected Grand Master, and held that office for three years; in 1872, he was elected Grand Secretary, and in 1873, was appointed Chairman of the Commitee on Foreign Correspondence; in 1874, he was again elected to the position of Grand Master, and annually re-elected to the same position, his jurisdiction extending over the States of Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado, embracing 87 Lodges and 2,700 members; he is said to be one of the most accomplished ritualists, and among the most able and successful executive officers that the Order, in any branch of it, has ever possessed. In 1863, he enlisted in the 1st I. (colored) V.I., and was appointed Sergeant-Major, but was refused on account of physical disability. In 1869, he was appointed by the Colored State Convention of Iowa a delegate to the Colored National Convention, which met at Washington, D.C.; he was also a member of the Committee from the same Convention to wait upon President Grant and Vice President Colfax to tender them the congratulations of the colored people of the United States upon their election; in 1869, he was a member and Vice President of the Iowa Republican State Convention; in the following year, he was also a delegate to the State Convention and a member of the Committee on Resolutions; he has stumped the State of Iowa as well as most of the Southern States at every election held since the rebellion, and is recognized as a very eloquent and powerful speaker; in 1872, he was appointed by the Republican State Convention of Iowa a delegate at large to the National Republican Convention at Philadelphia, and, in 1873, was appointed by President Grant Counsel to Aux Cayes, Hayti, but refused the position owing to the meagerness of the salary; in 1876, he was appointed by a colored convention of Iowa delegate to the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia, for the purpose of preparing useful statistics for the colored race; and later the same year, he was appointed alternate delegate by the Iowa State Republican Convention to the National Republican Convention held in Cincinnati. Mr. Clark became a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1850; continues in fellowship, and is Superintendent of the Sabbath school of that Church in Muscatine; he is also Trustee, Steward ,and the largest contributor to the support of the Church. On the 9th of October, 1848, at Iowa City, he married Miss Catherine Griffin; they have had five children, two of whom, John and Ellen, died in infancy; the survivors, Rebecca J., Susan V., and Alexander G., all inherit their father's intellectual endowments; all graduates of the High School of Muscatine; Alexander is studying law; Rebecca is the wife of G.W. Appleton, of Muscatine; Susan is the wife of Rev. Richard Holley, a minister at the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Welcome to the African American Museum of Iowa

We are proud to offer a glimpse into the history and lives African Americans in Iowa. The Museum building was affected by the devastating flood of 2008, but we have rebuilt and are open to the public. Our new permanent exhibit is not yet complete, but our changing exhibit gallery is open to the public six days a week. School tours and group tours are welcome. Our spacious Aldeen Davis Celebration Hall and the brand new Learning Lab are available for rent. Become a part of our dream to preserve Iowa's black history for generations to come.

 Author of more than 30 books and more than 2,000 stories and essays, Ellis Parker Butler is most famous for his short story "Pigs is Pigs" in which a bureaucratic stationmaster insists on levying the livestock rate for a shipment of two pet guinea pigs that soon start proliferating geometrically.

Working from his home in
Flushing (Queens) New York, Ellis Parker Butler was -- by every measure and by many times -- the most published author of the pulp fiction era.  His career spanned more than forty years and his stories, poems and articles were published in more than 225 magazines. His work appeared along side that of his contemporaries including Mark Twain, Sax Rohmer, James B. Hendryx, Berton Braley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Don Marquis, Will Rogers and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Despite the enormous volume of his work Ellis Parker Butler was, for most of his life, only a part-time author. He worked full-time as a banker and was very active in his local community. A founding member of both the Dutch Treat Club and the Author's League of America, Butler was an always-present force in the New York City literary scene.

Marc Sijan

Marc Sijan's Superrealistic sculptures are "homages to humanity's fascination with its own forms -- a fascination which has compelled artists throughout the millennia to mirror life in virtually every medium." Sijan's figures are incredibly lifelike, sensuous and graceful. In fact, they are so lifelike, they seem always on the verge of movement, a mere instant away from action. The pores in the skin, the tiny hairs, and veins; even the bald spots, the blemishes, the individual shapes of the faces that make human beings so similar, yet so unique: These are the essence of what makes Marc Sijan's work so arresting.

Sijan, a Milwaukee-based artist, carries on the tradition of a very old form, but his approach is very modern. His realism recalls the work of the Greek sculptors in its bold expression of human energy and poise. But Sijan is not necessarily celebrating the ideal form. His figures are more gritty, more natural -- a tribute to real people. Sijan's work is similar to that of fellow artists Duane Hansen and John DeAndrea, who use lifelike human figures to express elements of the human condition and human relationships. But whereas his colleagues tend to express a kind of static existence, Sijan tries to capture a life force in full swing.

"I am seeking to freeze motion rather than suggest life," he notes. "The sculpture appears passive, but there is so much going on inside."



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