The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


January 22, 2014

Turning back the clock

CLINTON — The 1920s were in full swing Tuesday, as residents and staff celebrated the 100th anniversary kickoff party at the Alverno in Clinton.

Residents and community members had the opportunity to travel back in time during the party, as they explored the timeline of the Alverno's history with old photographs, antique medical equipment and some of their favorite treats from each era.

"The whole event has exceeded my expectations," Alverno Administrator Libby Goodman said. "Deb (Bergmann) and the committee has worked for months to organize all of this and it's better than I could have imagined."

Dressed in traditional clothing from the 1920s, '30s and '40s, staff at the Alverno assisted residents during the tour, which ended where the Alverno began, as Bergmann said, with a four-piece jazz band, depicting the era from 1914 to 1920.

As those residents traveled the halls of the assisted living center, they were transported back to their younger days because of the music they heard, and from the snacks that were served at each of the four historic displays.

They sampled many current favorites like Coca-Cola, which was introduced in the late 1800s, to Reece's Pieces which became popular in the early 1980s thanks to Steven Spielberg's "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial."

"To figure out what kind of snacks were popular in each era, we actually asked the residents what they enjoyed back then and what some of their favorites were," Bergmann said. "So, really they helped pick out all the snacks."

The displays also jogged some memories for some of the Alverno residents, one in particular being Sister Bertha Zeiser, who will celebrate her 102nd birthday in February.

For Bertha, the event was an entertaining look back into the history of the Alverno, but also a short trip down memory lane.

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