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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release April 08, 2013

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

SHSI's "History for Lunch" lecture series Wednesday

Discussion focuses on preservation of Motor Mill on Turkey River in Clayton County

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa’s History for Lunch lecture series continues this week in Iowa City with a discussion about the preservation of Motor Mill on the Turkey River in Clayton County.

Larry Stone and Marlys Svendsen will present “An Iowa Treasure – Preservation of Motor Mill on the Turkey River” at noon on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City. The presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Call 319-335-3911 for more information.

Stone and Svendsen will discuss the six-story limestone Motor Mill, built after the Civil War, and the surrounding historic district tucked away along the Turkey River in Clayton County. The speakers will also explain how the 1899 iron Motor Bridge was destroyed by floods in 1991/2008 and reconstructed.

Stone has explored the state for 40 years as an outdoor writer/photographer for The Des Moines Register and as a freelance nature writer and photographer. He has written five books and his work appears in conservation magazines. He is a member of the Clayton County Conservation Board and he manages woodlands and prairies on his farm along the Turkey River near Elkader.

Svendsen has worked on Iowa City’s historic residential and downtown neighborhoods for 20 years and joined the staff of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in 2008. Her skills as a historian and architectural historian are now at work on the Motor Mill Historic District near Elkader.

The lecture also will be broadcast at a later date on Channel 4 and it can be seen on-line www.citychannel4.com/video/.



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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