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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release January 3, 2011

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

State Historical Museum hosts traveling exhibit from ACLU

Exhibit marks civil liberties work from the last 90 years

(DES MOINES) – A traveling exhibit that marks the 90-year history of the American Civil Liberties Union visits the State Historical Museum next month for a three-week run.

The exhibit, “No Victory Ever Stays Won: 90 Years of Protecting Liberty,” highlights ACLU milestones over the last nine decades and illustrates the organization’s contributions to defending freedoms of Americans. The exhibit is on display now through Jan. 23, 2011, at the State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information. Admission is free.

“Iowa has a long and storied history regarding civil liberties issues and we are very pleased to co-host this traveling exhibit with the ACLU of Iowa,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson said. “I encourage Iowans to visit the museum and learn more about the history behind these issues not only as they pertain to Iowa, but to the entire country as well.”

The exhibit includes information about Iowa’s landmark 1969 U.S. Supreme Court student rights case, Tinker v. The Des Moines Independent Schools, and outlines ACLU’s work on a wide range of issues, including racial segregation, the right to vote, free speech and privacy on the Internet, human rights, reproductive freedoms and more.

“The growth of civil liberties in the past 90 years represents one of the most significant developments in American history,” said Ben Stone, executive director of the ACLU of Iowa. “Since the ACLU of Iowa recently celebrated its 75th year, we thought it especially appropriate to bring the ACLU’s national 90th exhibit to Iowa. The ACLU’s anniversary exhibit charts how the organization’s tireless work challenging unconstitutional laws and practices has made the Constitution a living document for everyone in the country.”

In addition to Iowa, the ACLU’s traveling exhibit will be on display in Nebraska, Indiana, Missouri, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Maine, New Jersey, Tennessee, Oklahoma, California, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington, D.C.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is the state affiliate of the national organization, dedicated to the broad defense of freedom and personal rights. Visit www.aclu-ia.org for more information.

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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