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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release November 9, 2011

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

DCA announces new director of State Historical Museum

Susan Kloewer joins Museum after seven years at Science Center of Iowa

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced Susan Kloewer has been named director of the State Historical Museum.

Kloewer joins the State Historical Museum after seven years with the Science Center of Iowa, where she served most recently as Director of Development. Kloewer began her new duties Nov. 4, 2011.

“We are delighted to have Susan join us as director of the State Historical Museum,” DCA Director Mary Tiffany Cownie said. “Her experience and knowledge will be assets to the Museum as we work to fulfill our dual mission of education and preservation of Iowa history.”

A Defiance, Iowa, native, Kloewer earned her Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University and her Master of Public Administration from Drake University. She also earned her Certified Fundraising Executive accreditation (CFRE International) in March 2011.

“This is an exciting opportunity to lead the State Historical Museum because there is so much potential to enhance and elevate this community and state resource,” Kloewer said. “The state of Iowa has an incredible collection to share with its constituents along with providing more opportunities for engagement through educational programming, traveling exhibitions, outreach and special offerings. I look forward to leading the efforts to move the museum forward and provide Iowans with unique experiences to learn about and celebrate our past, present and future.”

During her tenure at SCI, Kloewer was part of the team that opened the new facility in downtown Des Moines. She organized annual fundraising events, secured donor acquisitions and managed numerous other activities, including membership programs, community partnerships and sponsorship agreements.

She was also involved with the strategic planning, execution and evaluation of world-class traveling exhibitions, including “Body Worlds Vital,” “DaVinci – the Genius” and “RACE: Are we so different?”

Kloewer was recognized by the Des Moines Business Record’s “Forty Under 40” as one of 40 community leaders under the age of 40, and graduated from the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. She is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and currently serves as its vice president membership


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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