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    COMMUNAL KITCHEN AND COOPER SHOP – Middle Amana

    by mtncorg Written Oct 4, 2004

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    The Communal Kitchen Museum in Middle Amana

    A guided tour explains how the dining halls functioned. Unlike in the communal hall of Bishop Hill, Illinois where all 1000 people sat down to dine at the same time, here in Amana, there were several smaller dining halls in each village – about the size of a large family house. This house in Middle Amana is the last intact communal kitchen remaining. The neighboring Cooper Shop shows the tools and techniques involving with barrelmaking.

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    CHURCH MUSEUM – Homestead

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    Amana Church Museum in Homestead

    The former church in Homestead is the site of the Church Museum. Here you can learn more about the beliefs of those that made up the Amana Colonies. This was the reason the colonies existed. You can also see the present state of the True Inspiration Church.

    There used to be a church in each village. Now only a couple halls are used regularly – Main Amana and Middle Amana. Men and women enter from separate sides and sit separated. Walls are light blue – Amana blue; ceilings are heavenly white. There are simple hard benches and no inner chapel hall adornments. Concentration is to be front and center on the speaker with young people in the front and the older people sitting behind in the back benches of ‘wisdom’. A house is attached to each chapel which was for families that were responsible for the upkeep of the church and grounds.

    The Church Museum is an important stop in understanding the spirit that imbued and imbues the Amanas – with both strength and longevity.

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    AMANA HERITAGE MUSEUM – Main Amana

    by mtncorg Written Oct 4, 2004

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    Amana Heritage Museum in Main Amana

    In this museum you really start to gain an understanding of what the Amana Colonies were. The museum is located in an old Colony home and is full of exhibits demonstrating history and social life within the communities. On the hour, a short media presentation is given within a Colony school classroom. The re is also a bookstore featuring more information of the Colony and some of the crafts. Cost is $8 but that ticket is good at the other Heritage museums, too - Church, Homestead Store, Communal Kitchen and Cooper Shop, Communal Agricultural. The museums are spread out through the other Amanas.

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    Appreciate Residential Architecture

    by atufft Written Jul 30, 2013
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    Buildings and homes are built in a communal effort, including hand hewn posts and beams, and locally quarried rock, and locally fired brick.

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    Browse the Art Gallery's

    by atufft Written Jul 30, 2013
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    Amana has several fine art galleries dedicated to local creative pottery, glass, woodwork, and fine art.

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