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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release July 7, 2010

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

State Historical Society open house in Iowa City July 18

Event offered in conjunction with Iowa City Book Festival

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa will hold an open house noon-4 p.m. Sunday, July 18, 2010, at the Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City.

The open house will be held in conjunction with the Iowa City Book Festival, and will feature three book talks and the opportunity to view an ongoing project to restore and preserve Iowa’s Civil War muster roll records. Interested visitors can also tour SHSI’s library and find out more about the services available at the Iowa City location.

Book talks will be presented at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. Following is a schedule of events:

1:30 p.m. – Claudia McGehee, freelance illustrator and author from Iowa City, will talk about her three books for children and how history and natural history intertwine with her art and writing. McGehee is perhaps best known around town for the Java House to-go coffee cups she designed but she hopes her legacy will be her children’s books.

2:30 p.m. – Zachary Jack will offer readings from his two recent books, “Letters to a Young Iowan: Good Sense From the Good Folks of Iowa for Young People Everywhere,” and “Iowa, The Definitive Collection: Classic and Contemporary Readings by Iowans About Iowa.” Jack will also talk about the creative process behind his books.

3:15 p.m. – Sen. Dennis Black will present his newly published book, “Profiles of Valor: Iowa’s Medal of Honor Recipients of the Civil War.” He compiled more than 90 photographs of Iowa’s recipients, medals and other Civil War-related scenes for the book, which includes detailed biographical information of the recipients as well as a history of events before, during and after the Civil War in Iowa.

The Iowa City Book Festival began in 2009 when the University of Iowa Libraries was in search of an event to commemorate the acquisition of the Libraries’ five millionth volume. The University of Iowa Press was also celebrating its 40th anniversary.

To recognize these events, the Libraries selected one of the Press’ recent publications – “The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa,” edited by David Hudson, Marvin Bergman and Loren Horton – as its five millionth volume.

The Libraries and Press launched a book festival to celebrate these activities in the newly-designated UNESCO City of Literature, with the intention of developing an annual event celebrating books, writing and reading.


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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