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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release March 8, 2011

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

State Historical Library in Iowa City offers new lecture series

Author Bob Bream presents “Telling Your Own Story” March 22

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Library in Iowa City kicks off a new lecture series this month with a presentation by author Bob Bream and a group discussion led by University of Iowa Professor Laura Rigal.

The first lecture, “Tell Your Own Story,” will be at noon, March 22, 2011, at the State Historical Library, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Contact Mary Bennett at 319-335-3911 for more information.

Bream will discuss his book, “105 North Governor: My Memories Growing Up in a Large Family,” which talks about his upbringing during the 1950s in and around the Iowa City neighborhood of Governor and Jefferson streets, and the Ralston Creek waterway.

Bream grew up in a large family, which often made matters difficult and funny at the same time. He will read excerpts from his book, including part of a chapter relating to Ralston Creek, and explain the writing and publishing process.

Born and raised in Iowa City, Bream attended Horace Mann Elementary School and Central Junior High School before graduating from Iowa City High School in 1964. He attended Iowa State University on a wrestling scholarship before enlisting in the Marine Corps and serving a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam.

Bream attended the University of Iowa, married and raised two children with his wife, Betty. He retired from MidAmerican Energy Company after 34 years of service. He has been a high school wrestling official for 42 years and was inducted into the Iowa High School Wrestling Officials Hall of Fame in 2006.

Following the presentation, Rigal, a UI associate professor of English and American Studies, will lead a discussion, “Ralston Creek Reminiscences,” during which audience members can share stories and memories involving Ralston Creek.

The library’s lecture series will continue in April with Sharon Lake, who will discuss her Ph.D. dissertation about Linda Eaton, the first woman firefighter in Iowa City. In May, Professor Linda Kerber and her history students will make presentations about various “Iowa History Mysteries” they have uncovered. More information about these lectures will be announced as it becomes available.


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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