For immediate release January 28, 2011
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
Governor and Mrs. Branstad, Governor Ray expected to attend event
(DES MOINES) – With Governor Terry Branstad, First Lady Chris Branstad and former Governor Robert Ray expected to be in attendance, 100 children from around the world will become citizens of Iowa and the United States during a special ceremony Sunday in Des Moines.
A Children’s Citizenship Ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The ceremony is free and open to the public. The event will be presented by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. U.S. Magistrate Judge Celeste Bremer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa will preside.
“Iowa’s past is filled with the stories of immigrants who moved to our state to begin new lives and pursue the American dream,” Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie said. “In hosting the Children’s Citizenship Ceremony, we are looking forward to seeing the next chapter of Iowa’s history unfold.”
In conjunction with the Citizenship Ceremony, Bankers Trust and the State Historical Society of Iowa will sponsor a series of related activities 1-4 p.m., including:
For more information, contact Maureen Korte at 515-281-4132 or Maureen.Korte@iowa.gov.
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.