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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release December 23, 2008

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Free, indoor activities at State Historical Building next week

(DES MOINES) – Moms, dads and grandparents looking for free and fun things to do with the kids this holiday season are encouraged to visit the State Historical Building for craft making, museum exhibit tours and more.

Families will enjoy making beads, puppets and bird feeders Monday, Dec. 29, and Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 at the State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. More information is available at www.iowahistory.org.

“We know that families and friends enjoy sharing the holidays together,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson said. “We also know that a lot of parents and grandparents are looking for fun things to keep their children busy, too. So we have put together some of our favorite activities and we’re inviting families to come visit, have some fun, tour exhibits and enjoy a snack at Café Baratta’s.”

Families may also enjoy visiting the State Historical Library to do genealogical research, or simply to look up events that occurred on important dates from their past, such as birthdays and weddings.

The State Historical Museum will be open regular hours during the holidays, but will be closed Christmas Day.

The State Historical Library is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, but will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Café Baratta’s is open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sundays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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