For immediate release March 2, 2009
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
Family-friendly event features music, dance, art, workshops and food
(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Museum will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month with an Irish festival featuring family-friendly music, singing, dancing, workshops and more.
The Historical Museum’s “St. Patrick’s Day Festival: Irish Fest” will be 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The event is free and open to the public. Irish Fest is sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa and the Irish Clan of Des Moines. Contact Maureen Korte at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-281-4132 for more information.
In addition to entertainment and activities, the museum will present a 37-star U.S. national flag – the Irish Harp flag – for viewing 1-4 p.m. Civil War re-enactors will be present and museum staff will be available to answer questions about the flag.
The festival will include the following activities:
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.