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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release September 11, 2009

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

WHTC explores African-American history in Iowa

African American Historical Museum of Iowa’s lecture series visits Council Bluffs Sunday

(COUNCIL BLUFFS) – The Western Historic Trails Center explores African-American history in Iowa Sunday as part of a lecture series presented by the African American Historical Museum of Iowa.

With support from Iowa West Foundation, Hal Chase of Des Moines Area Community College will present “Buffalo Soldiers of Southwestern Iowa” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at the Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 712-366-4900 for more information.

The presentation, part of the African American Historical Museum of Iowa’s six-part “Experiencing Black Iowa” lecture series, is designed to engage southwestern Iowa in the heritage of African-American history in Iowa. The series covers several topics such as agriculture, athletics and military.

Chase teaches U.S., African-American and Iowa history at DMACC, and coordinated and contributed a chapter to “Outside In: African-American History in Iowa, 1838-2000.”

The remaining “Experiencing Black Iowa” lecture series dates and topics are below:

Oct. 11: George Washington Carver
Nov. 8: Tuskegee Airman
Dec. 13: Kwanzaa  

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