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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release February 4, 2011

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

State Historical Library explores U.S. Civil War records, diaries

History-based discussion group meets Feb. 19

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Library’s “Historical Discovery Discussions” will explore U.S. Civil War records, diaries and more during its next meeting this month.

The history-based discussion group will present “Civil War Riches: Personal and Military Records” at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 19, 2011, at the State Historical Library & Archives Reading Room in the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Susan Jellinger at susan.jellinger@iowa.gov or 515-281-6897 for more information.

Civil War-era items – including personal letters, photographs, newspapers, diaries and Adjutant General records – from the State Historical Society of Iowa’s permanent collection will be on display during the program.

The schedule for upcoming Historical Discovery Discussions programs follows:

March 19, 2011

“Voices from Iowa’s Past: Story, Memory & Songs”

April 16, 2011

“Making the Most of Your Visit: Pre-Visit Planning Tips for the State Historical Library”

Visit www.iowahistory.org for more information.

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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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