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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release May 13, 2011

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

Underground Railroad presentation Sunday at Historical Building

(DES MOINES) – Research conducted recently about the Underground Railroad in Iowa will be discussed Sunday at the State Historical Building in Des Moines.

Douglas W. Jones, archaeologist of the State Historic Preservation Office, will present “Recent Research on the Underground Railroad in Central Iowa” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The program is for the Central Iowa Chapter of the Iowa Archeology Society, and the public is also invited to attend.

“This talk will focus primarily on Central Iowa and give a brief overview of the Iowa Freedom Trail Project along with discussions of archaeological projects we have conducted in support of it,” Jones said. “No registration is required, and it is free and open to the public.”

The Iowa Freedom Trail Project documents Underground Railroad activities throughout Iowa by identifying individuals and groups involved and the places where they occurred in Iowa before and during the Civil War.


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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