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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release December 10, 2009

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

State Historical Library’s discussion group meets Wednesday

Topic: The 2010 Census and its importance to genealogists and researchers

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Library’s “Historical Discovery Discussions” lecture series continues this month with a presentation about the importance and use of Iowa census information.

Wendi Muir of the U.S. Census Bureau will present “Making Census of Iowa” 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, 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.

Muir will share information about the upcoming 2010 Census and answer questions about how it may be useful for genealogists and researchers. Audience members may review examples of census-related materials from the State Historical Library and get information sheets about census records available through the Library and State Archives.

Muir is a Senior Partnership Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau and has been promoting the 2010 Census since May 2008. She has also managed a foreign exchange program in Iowa for Youth for Understanding USA, and she received a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 2005 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French from Drake University in 2000.

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