The centerpiece of the Manning Community Foundation is its beautiful Heritage Park- a location packed with attractions that will take visitors back in time and give them a glimpse of what ‘would have been’ had their ancestors not made the courageous voyage from Germany across the Atlantic and then some.
The Manning Community Foundation is an Iowa non-profit corporation established under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The organization was created almost three decades ago primarily to preserve the German-American culture in the community of Manning, Iowa. Manning was founded in 1881 by immigrants from the Schleswig-Holstein area of northwest Germany.
The activities of the Foundation are numerous and are always directed toward cultivating the social, cultural and economic contributions of the thousands of German settlers that migrated to this great country. Just as those early immigrants labored to claim their future, the Manning Community Foundation is working hard to claim and memorialize our past.
We invite you to browse the website and learn more about our unique offerings, specifically our 350 year old authentic German Hausbarn, brought over from Germany. We’ll tell you how it got here, what it was used for and what life was like in Germany in the 1600’s. Step back into the late 1800’s and take a look at the historical Trinity Church or the early 1900’s and see what living on a rural farmstead might have been like at the Leet/Hassler Farmstead. Take a tour of the Konferenz Centre, which boasts a large hall, tavern and restaurant dining room available for weddings, business meetings and other special events. We look forward to seeing you in person when you visit this hidden gem in Manning, Iowa.