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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release November 10, 2009

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

State Historical Library’s discussion group meets Nov. 18

Topic: Iowa veterans from Black Hawk War to Iraq, Afghanistan

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Library’s “Historical Discovery Discussions” continues this month with a presentation about Iowa veterans from the Black Hawk War to today’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

State Historical Museum Curator William Johnson and Don Whannel of West Des Moines will share their expertise and experiences 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at the State Historical Library, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Admission is free and participants can bring their own lunch. Contact Susan Jellinger at 515-281-6897 or Susan.Jellinger@iowa.gov for more information.

Johnson is a Vietnam War-era veteran and an expert on historical firearms and weapons. He will discuss military affairs from a historical perspective while Whannel will share his experiences with the Iowa National Guard and United States Air Force.

Historical photographs, diaries and letters from Iowa veterans will be on display during the program.


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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