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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release May 26, 2011

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

Historical Discovery Discussions extended through August

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Library today announced it is extending its Historical Discovery Discussions program through the summer.

Historical Discovery Discussions programs are presented by the State Historical Library and focus on topics related to Iowa history. Each event enables Iowans to connect to the relevance and importance of Iowa history while highlighting resources available in the State Historical Library and Special Collections.

Programs are offered at 10:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at the State Historical Library & Archives Reading Room, located in the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The programs are free and open to the public. Contact Librarian Susan Jellinger at susan.jellinger@iowa.gov or 515-281-6897 for more information.

The summer Historical Discovery Discussion schedule follows:

June 18

“Close to Home: Using Local History and Genealogy Collections” presented by historian Walt Libby, author of “A Monumental Place: The Historic Civil War Soldier’s Monument, Four Cannons and Monumental Park of Madison County, Iowa.”

July 16

“Summer Shenanigans & Activities: Events of the Past” presented by Susan Jellinger. Summertime in Iowa is brimming with activities and events. Historical Society Librarian Susan Jellinger delves into the past to highlight some Iowa “Summer Shenanigans” that entertained and awed families, small groups and large group activities, too. Posters, photographs, and materials related to the Iowa Chautauqua movement will be on display at the State Historical Library.

Aug. 20

“Fair Weather” presented by State Climatologist Harry Hillaker and National Weather Service Meteorologist Craig Cogil. The Iowa State Fair is one of the largest open venues in the state of Iowa, drawing nearly one million people annually. Learn how variations in weather impact the visitor experience at the Iowa State Fair.


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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