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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release September 9, 2009

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

State Historical Library’s discussion group meets Sept. 16

First topic is history of Iowa’s country schools

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Library’s 2009-2010 Historical Discovery Discussions series begins Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, with a look at the history of Iowa’s country schools.

The country school is an American icon. Once ubiquitous across Iowa’s landscape, one- and two-room country schools are quickly disappearing. Although a few are still used in Amish communities for educational purposes, most historic country schools in Iowa have been turned into museums.

Carl Nollen, author of several books featuring photographs and memories of Marion County country schools, will participate in the discussion. Monographs about Iowa’s country schools will be available for viewing and for sale.

Historical Discovery Discussions is 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch. Admission is free and the program is open to the public. Contact Susan Jellinger at 515-281-6897 or Susan.Jellinger@iowa.gov for more information.

The 2009-2010 series includes the following dates and topics:

Oct. 21: Iowa Haunts
Nov. 18: Iowa Veterans, Old & New
Dec. 16: Making Census of Iowa
Jan. 20: Wrestling Iowans (at the Iowa Hall of Pride)
Feb.17: Lincoln Links
Mar. 17: Immigrants and Iowans
Apr. 21: Pieces of Home, History & Art
May 19: Reading of Iowa

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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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