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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release January 16, 2009

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

Newspaper research workshop Jan. 31, Feb. 7

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Library is offering a workshop on how to navigate Access Newspaper Archives, an online database of historical newspapers.

 The workshop will be offered four times: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, and Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at the State Historical Library, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines.

 Admission is $5 per person with pre-registration or $8 at the door. Contact State Historical Librarian Susan Jellinger at 515-281-6897 or susan.jellinger@iowa.gov for more information.

 Through demonstrations, participants will learn how to search, view, save and print full-page digital images of newspapers pages. Although not as extensive as the Historical Library’s microfilm collection of Iowa papers, the Access Newspaper Archives contains more than 300 Iowa newspapers plus tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages from around the world dating back to the 1700s.

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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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