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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release February 12, 2009

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

State Historical Society offers book discussion, history for lunch

Des Moines and Iowa City events scheduled for Feb. 18

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa will present two different lunch-time events next week in Des Moines and Iowa City.

The State Historical Library’s book group will discuss “Colored Sugar Water” by Venise Berry. “Book Discovery Discussion” will be at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines.

“Colored Sugar Water” explores the mystery of voodoo as it mingles with the search for spirituality and faith in the lives of two young women, each facing the challenge of understanding what a meaningful relationship might be in this entertaining novel. Berry has also authored the Blackboard bestsellers “All of Me” and “So Good.”

Pre-registration is recommended, but not required, by visiting www.iowahistory.org. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. More information is available at 515-281-6897 or by e-mail to susan.jellinger@iowa.com.

In Iowa City, SHSI’s  popular “History for Lunch” lecture series continues next week with historian Peter Hoehnle, who will discuss “Kolonisten und Indianer: The Relationship Between the Meskwaki Tribe and the Amana Society, 1855-2009.”

Hoehnle’s presentation will be at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, at SHSI’s Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue (Iowa and Gilbert streets) in Iowa City. The lecture is free and the public is invited to bring a brown bag lunch. Call 319-335-3911 for more information.

Hoehnle, who holds a Ph.D. in History from Iowa State University, has been an adjunct instructor at ISU, Cornell College and Grinnell College. Currently, he serves as project manager for the Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development in Amana.

The IVRCD received a two-year federal grant to identify and report on cultural and historical resources in the Iowa River Valley between the Amana Colonies and Montour, with the goal of developing a corridor management plan and upgrading the scenic byway to national significance.

Part of that study involves investigating the historical relationships between the Amana Society and the Meskwaki tribe, a topic that has never been researched.

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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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