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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release: October 11

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

DCA presents Madeline Roemig Bendorf book discussion Sunday

“Growing up in Amana” author visits SHSI’s Iowa City office

Des Moines, IA –The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs will present a book discussion by Madeline Roemig Bendorf Sunday at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Iowa City. SHSI is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

An Amana native, artist and author, Bendorf has painted scenes of her hometown for years. A founder of the Amana Heritage Society, she was the driving force behind the establishment of the Museum of Amana History in 1968 and served as its first executive director for 16 years.

In her book, “Growing Up in Amana,” Bendorf reveals the heart and soul of the famous Amana Colonies of Iowa in a most intimate way, as only a precocious insider could do. This engaging memoir offers a clear understanding of the workings and success of the communal ways that have made Amana strong and a perpetual attraction to the world beyond.

The discussion and book signing, offered in conjunction with the Iowa City Book Festival, will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at the State Historical Society of Iowa, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public. Please call 319-335-3911 for more information.

For additional information about the Iowa City Book Festival and a schedule of events, visit www.iowacitybookfestival.org.


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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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