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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release December 5, 2011

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

DCA's Caucus Iowa Speaker Series continues Friday

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann visit State Historical Building

DES MOINES – As political campaigns build their momentum leading up to the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, the Department of Cultural Affairs will bring two well-known politicos to Des Moines for the Caucus Iowa Speakers Series.

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will speak Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust in Des Moines. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the event will be 8-9 a.m. Coffee and breakfast rolls will be provided. The event is sponsored by DCA, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. The event is free and open to the public. Call 515-281-5111 for more information.

Halperin is editor-at-large and senior political analyst for TIME magazine, and senior political analyst for MSNBC. He previously worked as political director for ABC News and authored “The Undecided Voter’s Guide to the Next President,” and co-authored “The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008.”

Heilemann is the National Affairs Editor for New York magazine and a political analyst for MSNBC. Previously, he has been a staff writer The New Yorker, Wired and The Economist, covering politics, business and their intersection for the past two decades.

Together, Halperin and Heilemann wrote “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, Palin and McCain, and the Race of a Lifetime” (Harper, 2010) in what became a runaway New York Times #1 bestseller chronicling the 2008 presidential campaign. They both appear regularly on MSNBC shows like “Morning Joe” and “Hardball.”

Don't Miss "Caucus Iowa" Exhibit
The State Historical Museum recently unveiled updated features in its “Caucus Iowa” exhibit. The exhibit outlines the Iowa caucuses’ rise to national prominence in the 1970s, explores “retail politics” in a typical coffee shop and recreates a gymnasium and living room as they would appear on caucus night.

The exhibit includes interactive kiosks where visitors can answer caucus history questions and be part of a special straw poll of current candidates. It also examines the impact the media has had on transforming the caucuses into an international event.


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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