Historical Society Offers Special Research Day for Veterans

For immediate release November 9, 2004



Sarah Oltrogge, (515) 281-4011, Sarah.Oltrogge@iowa.gov

Des Moines, Iowa—The State Historical Society of Iowa will offer a special “research day” for Veterans and those interested in researching Iowa Veteran records on Friday, Nov. 12. This is a special opportunity in conjunction with Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.

Veterans and researchers are invited to visit the Reading Room of the State Historical Building at 600 E. Locust, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Library, Special Collections and State Archives of Iowa staff will be available to assist patrons in their research of Veteran records. While the focus of this day will be to provide information regarding World War II veterans, research inquiries on veterans of other wars are also invited.

The State Historical Society Library located at 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City will also be open to veterans and researchers on Friday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The State Historical Society has the following materials to support Iowa veteran research: World War II casualty files, World War II Bonus Board records, graves registration records, newspapers and newspaper clipping files, photographs, special collections including material on the Rainbow Division, the Historical Society’s War Records Division materials and other printed materials.

Historical Society conservator Pete Sixbey will be available in the State Historical Building atrium from 10 a.m.-noon on Nov. 12 to advise veterans and veterans’ families on the care of memorabilia including medals, ribbons, uniforms, paper and photographic records.

The Museum Store and Grounds for Celebration at the Terrace Café will also be offering a 10% discount off items purchased by veterans that day.

Visitors will also want to see the State Historical Building’s In Memorium: The Grand Army of the Republic in Iowa exhibit which examines the development and role of the Grand Army of the Republic in shaping Iowa in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibit features banners, badges, military equipment, painting and prints from the museum’s collections. The exhibit also includes materials from the GAR Auxiliary and the Women’s Relief Corps. “Honor the Colors: Iowa’s Civil War Battle Flags” is also currently on display and features the original battle flags from the Society’s collection, original equipment, period prints and paintings and uniforms.

This event is free and open to the public. Please note the State Historical Museum will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11 for the state holiday. Regular museum hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4:30 p.m. The State Historical Library is closed on Mondays. Suggested donations to visit the Museum are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Call (515) 281-8875 or (515) 281-6863 for more information.


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