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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release October 8, 2012

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

State Historical Museum presents Civil War programs Saturday

Nearly 20,000 have visited "Iowa and the Civil War" exhibition

DES MOINES –The State Historical Museum of Iowa invites Iowans of all ages to experience two programs offered Saturday in conjunction with its “Iowa and the Civil War: Nothing But Victory” exhibition.

The 10,000 square-foot exhibition recounts the first-hand experiences of Iowans at war and the communities that supported them, and showcases historic battle flags and the actual weaponry – cannons, guns and swords – used in some of the most important events and turning points of the Civil War. Nearly 20,000 visitors have experienced the exhibition since it opened last April.

As part of the exhibition experience, the State Historical Museum will present the following programs Saturday:

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012
"Hard Tack: A Staple of the Civil War Soldier"
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hardtack is a hard, flat cracker, and it was often eaten by soldiers during the Civil War. Learn about the inventive names and method of eating these crackers that soldiers developed and try your hand at making hard tack.

Speaker Series: "Women's Civil War Clothing"
2 p.m.
Discover 1860s dress from the undergarments up! Laura Poresky’s one-woman show will provide a unique examination of proper attire for a 1860s woman. The final touches, including hairstyle, jewelry and accessories, will also be demonstrated.

The State Historical Museum of Iowa is part of the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. The State Historical Museum is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.



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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