German House-Barn Project Progressing
Manning Monitor
June 2, 1988

Residents of Manning, Iowa are hoping to enhance the appreciation of German Culture of future Manning visitors by relocating an authentic German house-barn in Manning.

Several area residents have formed a committee, stemming from the Community Betterment Project, and have been investigating the possibility of dismantling an authentic German house-barn, transporting it to the United States, and reassembling it in Manning.

"We feel this would be a unique way of accentuating Manning's German heritage," said Ron Colling, president of the group. "There are numerous possible uses for the house-barn."

Some of the ideas discussed include a "bed and breakfast" facility located in the house section and a German heritage museum in the barn area. A curio shop and a mini-theatre are also suggested ideas.

A three-story building is being sought, preferrably from the Schleswig-Holstein area. "Much of Manning's German ancestry is connected with this area," said Colling.

Investigation into the venture continues. Colling stated, "We will bring a German house-barn to Manning hopefully within two years. It is a matter of coordinating all of the details."

Anyone interested in joining the group or having ideas or suggestions concerning the project are encouraged to contact a committee member. Members include Colling, Claus Bunz, LeRoy and Freda Dammann, Pete and Lois Croghan, Dick Crandall, Warren Puck and Larry Genzen.