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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release December 2, 2010

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

Historical Museum offers programs during holiday season

“Hey, Aesop,” “Duane and Floppy Film Festival” and “Cabin Fever”

(DES MOINES) – Moms, dads and grandparents looking for fun things to do with the kids this holiday season can visit the State Historical Museum for a variety of programs and activities.

Next week, Mr. I.M.A. Cool Fox, Babette Sheep and Madame Toucan take center stage during the theatrical production of “Hey, Aesop,” and kids of all ages will enjoy the second “Duane & Floppy Film Festival” and “Cabin Fever.”

“We know the holidays are busy, and friends and families enjoy sharing time together,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson said. “We also know that a lot of parents and grandparents are looking for fun things to do with their children and grandchildren over the holiday break. So we have put together some of our favorite activities and we’re inviting families to come visit, have some fun, tour exhibits and enjoy lunch or a snack at Café Baratta’s.”

The State Historical Museum holiday program schedule follows:

Monday, Dec. 27, 2010

  • “Hey, Aesop,” Produced by Allegro Children’s Theatre Productions
  • 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Monday
  • State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines.
  • Tickets are $5 per person; available at the door or by contacting Maureen Korte at maureen.korte@iowa.gov or 515-281-4132
  • “Hey, Aesop” is a fun, interactive play geared for children pre-kindergarten to 13 years old. Written by Cynthia Mercati, “Hey, Aesop” follows the adventures of Aesop, the moderator of a game show called “The Fable Game.” Three contestants – Mr. I.M.A. Cool Fox, Babette Sheep, and Madame Toucan (all animals in “Aesop’s Fables”) – vie to tell the best fable. In telling their fables, the contestants enact several updated versions of “Aesop’s Fables,” including the Tortoise and the Hare as NASCAR drivers, and the City Mouse who takes the Country Mouse to Las Vegas. The winner is the audience, who can go on to retell the fables they hear or make up fables of their own.

Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 28-30, 2010

  • The second “Duane & Floppy Film Festival”
  • 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines
  • Tickets are $8 per person, $5 for children 12 and younger and seniors 65 and older. Tickets will be available only at the door one hour prior to show time.
  • The film festival features television footage of Duane Ellett and his sidekick beagle puppet, Floppy, who performed together from 1957 to 1987 on “The Floppy Show” and other locally-produced television programs on WHO-TV in Des Moines. Supported by the Ellett family and WHO-TV, the film features a one-hour compilation of programs put together by the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. T-shirts will be available for purchase again this year in the Iowa Museum Store. In addition, the all-new DVD “Floppy & The Stars,” the second DVD in the “Duane & Floppy Collection,” will be on sale for the first time at this year’s festival. The new DVD features visits to “The Floppy Show” by celebrities such as Bill Cosby and Adam “Batman” West. The first volume in the DVD series, “Where’s Floppy?,” will also be on sale.

Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 28-30, 2010

  • Cabin Fever
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines
  • Free fun for children in the Heritage classrooms with crafts and games


The State Historical Society of Iowa 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. Please visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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