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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

History for Lunch: Nineteenth Century Iowa in 3-D

Ernie Rairdin and Paul Juhl to give stereo photography presentation

(IOWA CITY) – The State Historical Society of Iowa’s popular History for Lunch lecture series continues this month with a 3-D slide show about Iowa in the late 1800s.

Ernie Rairdin and Paul Juhl will present “Nineteenth Century Iowa in 3-D” at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at SHSI’s Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City. The presentation is free and the public is encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Audience members can wear special 3-D glasses during the presentation. Call 319-335-3911 for more information.

Rairdin is a retired professional photographer and engineer. In 1987, he renewed his interest in 3-D photography and has served in leadership roles with the National Stereoscopic Association, the Stereoscopic Society of America and the Stereo Division of the Photographic Society of America.

His stereo photo images and articles have appeared in “Stereo World” and “International Stereoscopic Union Journal” as well as exhibits from Australia, Great Britain and the United States. He is most recognized for his stereo images of current national political personalities who visit Iowa at caucus time and stereo views of Iowa.

Juhl has been an Iowa City resident since 1985 and has enjoyed a life-long interest in Iowa history. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Iowa in 1966 and a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel Services from the University of Northern Iowa in 1972. He has worked in public and private education, and has specific interest in the visual history of Iowa.

Juhl is recognized as the foremost collector of stereographs depicting Iowa in the late 19th century, and he has written articles for several magazines including the “Palimpsest,” “Iowa Heritage Illustrated” and “Stereo World.”

He also co-authored the book “Iowa Stereographs: Three Dimensional Visions of the Past” (University of Iowa Press, 1997) with SHSI’s Mary Bennett.

Rairdin and Juhl previously offered the 3-D slide show in February 2007 for SHSI’s 150th anniversary.


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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