The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 20, 2014

The Alverno to mark 100 years

Event planned for Tuesday

By Amy Kent
Herald Staff Writer

CLINTON — One Clinton landmark will celebrate a historic milestone Tuesday, and that is just the beginning of a year-long celebration.

The Alverno Health Care facility  will mark 100 years of service this year and to honor the center’s longstanding reputation in Clinton, a kickoff party from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday will begin the commemorative year.

According to Alverno marketing director Deb Bergmann, Tuesday’s kickoff event will feature four historical displays depicting the Alverno’s long history. Each display will feature old photographs and popular food items from that time and entertainer Joshua Dunfee and his orchestra will play music from the era, taking guests back in time to the 1920s.

In addition to the historical displays, some members of the Alverno staff will be dressed in traditional 1920s clothing to transform the center back to its authentic beginning.

The event was originally intended to be for only Alverno residents and staff, but once planning began, Bergmann and her team decided to open it up to the public because they thought it would be a fun opportunity for people to see how the facility has shifted and changed throughout the years.

Many of the items that will be on display on Tuesday have never been seen, and once the event has concluded, they will be returned to the Clinton Historical Society archives.

In addition to Tuesday’s event, staff at the Alverno also are planning monthly events throughout the year to continue the 100 anniversary celebration.

Those programs will not only honor the facility, but also will incorporate members of the community and local schools to praise the Alverno’s continued community service.

So whether it’s to see historic Alverno antiques or to enjoy the sounds of the ‘20s, people are invited and encouraged to travel back in time during the Alverno’s 100th anniversary kickoff celebration.