For immediate release November 5, 2009
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa today announced new hours beginning next month for the State Historical Library & Archives Reading Rooms in Des Moines and Iowa City.
The Reading Rooms will be open to the public 12:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday, Monday and official state holidays. The new hours go into effect Dec. 8, 2009.
The Reading Rooms – located at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines, and at the Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City – will continue to be open to the public 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sunday, Monday and official state holidays, through Dec. 7, 2009.
The change in hours stems from a 10 percent across-the-board reduction in state appropriations for Fiscal Year 2010.
“While this is a difficult decision, this adjustment will help us meet our 10 percent budget reduction and still be able to serve the public,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson said. “It does mean, however, that genealogists, historians and other researchers will have fewer hours to access materials and interact one-on-one with staff at the Library and Archives.”
The State Historical Library offers a wide variety of materials to the public, including:
The State Archives, which represents a public trust and is an advocate for openness and accountability in state government, works to ensure the essential records created by state government are maintained and available to the public. The State Archives contains records that document all facets of the state’s history, including:
Other military records in the State Archives collections include the following:
More information about the State Historical Society of Iowa is available at www.iowahistory.org or by calling 515-281-5111.
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.