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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release June 30, 2011

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

Shenanigans at the State Historical Library next month

Historical Discovery Discussion group meets July 16

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Library will be up to some “Shenanigans” next month when it presents its next Historical Discovery Discussions program.

“Summer Shenanigans & Activities: Events of the Past” will be offered at 10:30 a.m. July 16, 2011, at the State Historical Library & Archives Reading Room, located at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The program is free and open to the public. Contact Librarian Susan Jellinger at susan.jellinger@iowa.gov or 515-281-6897 for more information.

Summertime in Iowa is brimming with activities and events, and Jellinger’s presentation delves into the past to highlight some Iowa “Summer Shenanigans” that entertained and awed families, small groups and large activities, too.

In conjunction with this event, a display of posters, photographs and materials related to the Iowa Chautauqua movement will be in the Historical Library and Archives Reading Room.

Historical Discovery Discussions will continue Aug. 20, 2011, with “Fair Weather,” a presentation by State Climatologist Harry Hillaker and National Weather Service Meteorologist Craig Cogil. The program will focus on the impact of weather on the visitor experience at the Iowa State Fair.

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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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