German House-Barn Project Progressing
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.