For immediate release May 14, 2012
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
Iowa cavalry units, programs mark Armed Forces Day events May 19
DES MOINES – The State Historical Museum of Iowa’s newest exhibition about Iowa and the Civil War has drawn record attendance since opening last month.
“Iowa and the Civil War: Nothing But Victory” opened April 14, 2012, and to date nearly 10,000 people have experienced the exhibition, which features more than 300 authentic artifacts and documents that tell the stories of Iowa and those who served during America’s bloodiest conflict. 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.
“We are thrilled so many Iowans have experienced this exhibition in its opening weeks,” State Historical Museum Director Susan Kloewer said. “The initial attendance has been strong, and we look forward to welcoming more families, groups, adults and children to the exhibition and engaging them with related programming throughout the summer.”
The exhibition also explores a Civil War soldier’s life in camp, medical practices of the mid-19th century and much more, including the issues and events that led to hostilities between Northern and Southern states.
ARMED FORCES DAY PROGAMS – May 19, 2012
The State Historical Museum will commemorate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 19, 2012, with programs, and members of Iowa’s 3rd Iowa Cavalry, 7th Iowa Cavalry and Sons of Union Veterans will interact with visitors.
The Museum’s program schedule on Armed Forces Day follows:
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Members of the 3rd and 7th Iowa cavalries and their horses will be stationed under the portico of the State Historical Museum, where visitors can interact with them, ride a period-outfitted horse and learn about the role of the Cavalry in battle. Portico
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Members of the Sons of Union Veterans will be stationed inside the “Iowa and the Civil War” exhibition to interact with visitors and discuss the everyday lives of Iowa’s Civil War soldiers. Exhibit
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
State Historical Museum Battle Flag Conservator Sheila Hanke will give a presentation about popular music during the Civil War, focusing on African and Celtic musical traditions. She will discuss minstrel shows and popular instruments from the Civil War era, and visitors can make their own tambourines. Heritage Classrooms A and B.
History interpreter and former history teacher Edy Fudge will present “Music of the Civil War: Examination of Steven Foster Songs.” She will discuss lyrics and use of wordage followed by singing of songs. Auditorium
The State Historical Museum of Iowa is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 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.