For immediate release April 16, 2010
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa’s Centennial Building in Iowa City is closed to the public today because of a problem with a sanitary sewer.
“The problem started yesterday afternoon and we had hoped to be open today,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Cyndi Pederson said. “The decision was made this morning to close the building until the problem can be identified and resolved. Hopefully, we will know this afternoon when it can be reopened.”
The Centennial Building houses the State Historical Library and Special Collections Reading Room where historical newspapers, microfilm, manuscripts and other artifacts from Iowa’s past are available to the public. Although the building is closed today, the public may call SHSI staff at 515-319-3916 or 515-319-3936 with reference questions and information requests.
The Centennial Building’s regular hours are 12:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday, Monday and official state holidays.
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.