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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release October 9, 2009

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

State Historical Library’s discussion group meets Oct. 21

Topic: Spooky stories about “Haunted Iowa”

(DES MOINES) – Spooky stories about “Haunted Iowa” will be the topic when the State Historical Library’s 2009-2010 Historical Discovery Discussions continues Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009.

Pat Meiners, president of the newly formed Des Moines Historical Society, and David Ross, owner of Magical History Tours, will share stories, while participants are invited to share their own spooky tales of “Haunted Iowa.” In addition, items from the State Historical Library and Special Collections will be on display, including some related to the Villisca Ax Murders.

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 Historical Discovery Discussions schedule follows:

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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