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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release September 9, 2011

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

Plastic car, airplane models take over State Historical Museum

Children can make-and-take free models Sept. 17; reservations required

DES MOINES – Plastic cars and airplanes will take over the State Historical Museum next week when local model-making enthusiasts offer free “make-and-take” plastic model workshops for children and their families.

Hawkeye Modelers of Des Moines and Plastic Surgeons will present “The Art of Model Making” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 17, 2011, at the State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The workshops are free and open to the public.

As part of the program, Revell, Inc., will provide 120 plastic car and airplane model kits for children in grades 2-6 to assemble. Children and their parents can make a model at 11 a.m., noon or 1 p.m. and take it home at no charge. Reservations are required by contacting Museum Curator Jack Lufkin at jack.lufkin@iowa.gov or 515-281-8295

In addition, visitors can tour museum exhibits, visit the State Historical Library & Archives Reading Room, and enjoy lunch at Café Baratta’s, which is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday and Saturday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.
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