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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release March 9, 2010

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

State Historical Library’s discussion group meets Wednesday

Topic: Immigrants in Iowa; naturalization papers, diaries, newspapers on display

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Library’s 2009-2010 Historical Discovery Discussions continues next week with a look at the history of immigrants in Iowa.

“Immigrants and Iowans” will be at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Admission is free and open to the public. Participants may bring a brown bag lunch or purchase lunch from Café Baratta’s. More information is available at 515-281-6897 or by emailing susan.jellinger@iowa.gov.

Participants will discuss how the Irish and other immigrant groups made their mark on Iowa. Examples of naturalization papers, immigrant diaries, and foreign language newspapers documenting the immigrant experience will be on display.


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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