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