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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release July 9, 2012

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

Western Historic Trails Center open Wednesday through Sunday

Learn about the Lewis and Clark, Oregon, Mormon and California trails

DES MOINES – The Western Historic Trails Center in Council Bluffs will be open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and closed Monday, Tuesday and official state holidays effective today. The new hours of operation are being implemented in response to reduced staffing levels at WHTC.

Located in Council Bluffs, WHTC offers visitors an opportunity to follow the footsteps of early pioneers in Iowa to see what they saw on their adventures. Receive an orientation for trips north following the Lewis and Clark Trail, or for trips west following the routes of early travelers on the Oregon, Mormon and California trails.

Inside the Lied Historical Building, visitors can follow the Path of Names to enjoy educational exhibits, maps, films and sculpture.

The State Historical Society of Iowa – a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs – owns and operates the center, which was designed and built by the National Park Service and local partners. The historic site has five National Park cancellation stamps.

WHTC is at 3434 Richard Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs at the 24th Street exit south of I-80 (exit 1B). Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 712-366-4900 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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