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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release September 30, 2009

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

WHTC explores African American history in Iowa

African American Museum of Iowa’s lecture series continues Oct. 11

(COUNCIL BLUFFS) – The Western Historic Trails Center will explore African American history in Iowa next month as part of a lecture series presented by the African American Museum of Iowa.

Hemie Collier will discuss the life of George Washington Carver at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at WHTC, 3434 Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 712-366-4900 for more information.

The lecture is part of the African American Museum of Iowa’s “Experiencing Black Iowa” lecture series, which is designed to engage southwestern Iowa in the heritage of African American history in Iowa. Supported by the Iowa West Foundation, the series covers several topics such as agriculture, athletics and military.

Collier is the Central/Western Iowa Coordinator at the African American Museum of Iowa. He is a 2007 graduate of Luther College with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History and Africana Studies.

The remaining “Experiencing Black Iowa” lecture series schedule at WHTC is below:

 Nov. 8: Tuskegee Airman
Dec. 13: Kwanzaa 

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