For immediate release May 16, 2012
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
Civil War exhibit recognized for increasing awareness of Iowa history
DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced the Muscatine Art Center has received a community history award for an exhibit about Muscatine and the U.S. Civil War.
The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) Board of Trustees awarded the 2011 Loren Horton Community History Award to the Muscatine Art Center for the exhibit, “Muscatine and the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Commemoration.” The award recognizes the best project that increases the awareness of and participation in Iowa history at the local level. SHSI is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.
“Muscatine and the Civil War” details the role that Muscatine citizens played during the war, illustrated by objects from the Muscatine Art Center’s collection, including 117 letters written by Private Daniel J. Parvin to his wife and relatives. The exhibit and programs, including curriculum materials for the Muscatine Community School District, were endorsed by the Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. The exhibit opened in June 2011 and closes May 26, 2012.
The SHSI Board of Trustees also awarded a Certificate of Recognition for the book, “The Dubuque Shot Tower,” which was researched by American History and English students from Dubuque Central Alternative High School and edited by teacher, John Adelmann.
The Loren Horton Community History Award is named in honor of Loren Horton, who represented the State Historical Society of Iowa in several capacities from 1973 until his retirement in 1996.
As SHSI’s field services coordinator, and later, as senior historian, Horton’s work brought him in close contact with many local historical organizations. In keeping with that legacy, the award recognizes the best project that increases awareness and participation in Iowa history at the local level.