American Dreamer Performances

Tom Milligan will portray Iowa native Henry A. Wallace during his performance of “American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace”. The one-act play is based on the award-winning book of the same name by Senator John C. Culver and John Hyde.

After the 45 minute performance, audience members can talk with Milligan and view Henry A. Wallace artifacts on display, including a copy of the famous portrait by Grant Wood used on the cover of “American Dreamer”. A dessert buffet will be served. Admission is $20 per person. Because seating is limited, reservations are suggested by calling 515.243.7063. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, please call 515.243.7063 in advance.

To mark Wallace’s 131st birthday, Milligan will perform the play again during a dinner theater at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center near Orient on Monday, October 7. More details will be announced including ticket prices and the menu.

Performer Tom Milligan has spent 45 years as a working theater artist in Iowa. As an actor, director, scenic designer and producer, his work has been seen throughout the Midwest, especially at the Des Moines Playhouse, Ingersoll Dinner Theater, The Drake Opera Theater, Hoyt Sherman Place, The Drama Workshop and other venues in the Des Moines area. In 2005 he moved to the Amana Colonies, working on multiple productions at the Old Creamery Theater and the Iowa Theater Artists Company, plus many self-produced productions.

Spring Quilt Show

Dozens of handmade, historic, contemporary, and art quilts will be hanging from the barn rafters all week long, April 27 to May 4! Admission is $5/person. Dessert with coffee or tea is available for an additional $5/person.
A Special Opening Day Event on Saturday, April 27 includes brunch at 10:30 am followed by a special program. Lois Houghtaling of Greenfield, quilter and retired high school family & consumer sciences teacher, will present “Mourning Quilts”. $20/person admission includes brunch, program, show admission and first dibs on the Remnant Sale with fabrics, patterns & notions. Contact Lisa for Opening Day Event reservations or call 641.337.5019.