Visions of the Past-Stained Glass Windows

DUBUQUE, IA – People received a unique Dubuque history lesson through stained glass windows this past weekend.Sacred Hearth Catholic Church

Heritage Works, a Dubuque company which aids in preservations of historical buildings, hosted their first-ever stained glass window tour on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The goal of the tour, according to company CEO Duane Hagerty, was to inform people about the history of stained glass, including the “art and aesthetics” behind different windows, whether they were more traditional or more abstract.

Information SessionAn informational meeting started the tour, with a brief overview of stained glass art and how it was created. The thirty participants in the event were then driven by a Dubuque Trolley to the five churches which were examined.Jesus with childrend

The tour group saw many different aspects of windows, ranging from the traditional art of Steeple Square (formerly St. Mary’s Catholic Church) and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, to the Tiffany windows of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, to the more abstract windows at St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Church of the Nativity.

Abstract windows

A luncheon followed the event, with Panera Bread take-out provided to those who participated on the tour.


For more information about stained glass and the tour, or to contact Heritage Works, go to the Heritage Works website at Or, you can contact them through their e-mail address at, or their phone number: 1-563-564-4080.

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Levi Bernhard is currently a senior student at Loras College. He originally hails from St. Benedict, a small town near Algona, Iowa. Levi is a reporter and crew member for LCTV News, and helps contribute stories to productions. A couple years ago, he worked as an intern at Kossuth Regional Health Center, recording and editing videos. This past January, he went on a travel January Term course to Greece, where he helped create a couple of short documentaries about the country. He enjoys being in media studies because he likes the concepts of telling stories to wide audiences, and working with a variety of technology. He is also in media studies because he has a dream of becoming a filmmaker.

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