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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release January 20, 2010

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

State Historical Museum welcomes ACT’s 50th anniversary exhibit

(DES MOINES) – A new exhibit at the State Historical Museum showcases the 50-year history of ACT, Inc., the Iowa City-based not-for-profit organization specializing in education and workforce development.

“ACT: Fifty Years 1959/2009” is on display through May 2010 at the State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. Admission is free and open to the public. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

The exhibit traces the history of ACT, Inc. – originally known as American College Testing Program – to a meeting of co-founders E.F. Lindquist, a University of Iowa professor and national expert in educational measurement; Ted McCarrel, UI Director of Admissions and Registrar; and 16 state representatives who met in Iowa’s Old Capitol on the University of Iowa campus on Aug. 21, 1959. That event founded the American College Testing Program, now known as ACT, Inc.

The display includes a timeline of major events in ACT history and artifacts from ACT’s past including test documents and components from early test scoring machines. Visitors can also view an audio-video display with recordings from early leaders describing how the organization evolved.

More information about ACT, Inc. is available at www.act.org.


Founded in 1959, ACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. ACT provides a broad array of assessments, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people – nationally and internationally – in middle and high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies. Find out more at www.act.org.

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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