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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release April 30, 2012

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

State Historical Library expands hours in Des Moines, Iowa City

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced expanded hours of operation at the State Historical Library in Des Moines and Iowa City.

The State Historical Library in Des Moines is open to the public 12:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and the Iowa City location is open to the public 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Both locations will be closed Sunday-Monday and for official state holidays.

The State Historical Library locations are at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines, and the Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City.

“We are very pleased to expand the hours of operation at both of our State Historical Library locations to provide greater access to the public,” DCA Director Mary Cownie said. “This move gives the public more opportunities to spend time at each location, access services and conduct research about Iowa’s past.”

The State Historical Library offers a wide range of services and maintains in its collections numerous books and periodicals; photographs; newspapers; county government records; census materials, manuscripts, audio-visual and map collections; and birth, death and marriage records. These services and materials are used extensively by genealogists, researchers and others interested in Iowa’s rich history and cultural heritage.

More information about the State Historical Library’s services and collections is available at www.iowahistory.org or by calling 515-281-6200 (Des Moines) or 319- 335-3916 (Iowa City).


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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