For immediate release June 13, 2013
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
(DES MOINES) - Celebrate and experience the history of ice cream and other frozen treats at the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Centennial Building and Farmers Market this month in Iowa City.
The State Historical Society of Iowa will present “Iowa Ice Cream Memories” 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 22, 2013, at the Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City. The Open House program will feature ice cream-related materials from SHSI’s collections of Iowa artifacts and guests can share their memories about ice cream and frozen treats. Iowa City’s Heyn’s Ice Cream will provide free ice cream samples, and prize drawings featuring books and publications about Iowa history will take place throughout the morning. Participants must be present to win.
Items to be on display during the program include early 20th-century catalogs from the J.G. Cherry Company (later Cherry-Burrell) in Cedar Rapids, items from the Irving B. Weber Collection related to Iowa City’s Sidwell Dairy, and ice cream recipes from Iowa community cookbooks from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A display will also feature molds that were used to create whimsical displays of ice cream in the shape of fruits or vegetables, objects, and symbols.
In addition, SHSI will host a table 9 a.m.-noon the same day at the Iowa City Farmers Market, where people can add their memories to the “Iowa Ice Cream Memories” project and learn about the collections at the State Historical Society of Iowa Libraries. Children accompanied by a parent or guardian can contribute stories, too, or decorate a bookmark with a picture of their favorite ice cream treat.
For more information, contact the State Historical Society of Iowa in Iowa City at 319-335-3926. The State Historical Society Library Reading Room in Iowa City is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The archives, photograph, and manuscript collections are available Tuesday-Friday, 12:30-4:30 p.m.