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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release October 7, 2010

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

State Historical Library & Archives “Tinker” with history

Historical Discovery Discussions program begins Oct. 16 with Tinker Supreme Court case

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Library & Archives kicks off its Historical Discovery Discussions program this month by exploring the Supreme Court case Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969).

“Tinkering with History: 1960’s Students, Schools and Protest” will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, in the State Historical Library & Archives Reading Room, State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The event is free and open to the public. Call 515-281-6200 for more information.

State Historical Society Librarian Susan Jellinger will facilitate the discussion with guests Mikel Johnson of the Des Moines Human Rights Commission; student protester, Frankie Hughes; and her mother, Renee Espeland, who is also a peace activist.

Jellinger will also present related materials from the State Historical Library, Archives and Special Collections and guests will be encouraged to recount their own experiences.

Historical Discovery Discussions will be held monthly (except for December) through April 2011. Visit www.iowahistory.org or contact Susan Jellinger at 515-281-6200 or Susan.Jellinger@iowa.gov.

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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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