Beat the Heat with Some “Cool” Family Fun at the Historical Museum

For immediate release July 18, 2005



Contact: Jeff Morgan, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Museum is offering a number of “cool” events for moms, dads and grandparents looking for fun ideas to beat the heat with their children and grandchildren. Admission to the air-conditioned State Historical Building is free. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 4:30 p.m. Please call (515) 281-5111 or visit for more information about the museum’s exhibits and events. The State Historical Building is located in the heart of the Historic East Village at 600. E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa.

Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Iowa Museum Store for authentic Iowa gift ideas and Grounds for Celebration for iced beverages, snacks, lunch and dessert. The Iowa Museum Store is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 4:30 p.m. Grounds for Celebration is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

July’s Schedule of Events:

Hansel & Goosel
Tuesday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 20
Performances: 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Finger Puppetry Workshop: 11:15 a.m.
$5 per person
The Eulenspeigel Puppet Theatre and the Iowa Historical Museum present “Hansel & Goosel,” written by prize-winning Chicago playwright Rebecca Gilman. Using the Grimms Brothers’ Hansel & Gretel as a starting point, the story takes place in a Midwestern barnyard and woods. Hansel & Goosel, two half-grown goslings, run away from home where they are trapped by the evil fox. They eventually escape – much like Hansel & Gretel – to the waiting arms of their parents. This production features 15 puppets of varying styles and sizes, including rod marionettes, rod puppets, and a large “marionette aporte” fox. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. Please call 515-281-4132.

Friday Fest
Friday, July 22
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free admission
Children can make their own farm animals or birds in our craft area, or build a farmyard out of Legos. A special program called “Feathered Friends” sponsored by the Polk County Conservation Board will be presented 10:30-11 a.m. in the State Historical Building atrium.

Jazz in July
Friday, July 22
Stu Calhoon featuring the vocals of Morgan Halgren
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free admission
Jazz in July returns to the State Historical Building July 22 with Stu Calhoon featuring vocals of Morgan Halgren. Grounds for Celebration will have iced tea, coffee, snacks available in the atrium and soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts available in the building’s third-floor Terrace Café.

Quilt Treasures: A Tour
Saturday, July 30
10 a.m., Noon & 2 p.m.
Limited to 20 people per tour – Reservations are strongly encouraged
$30 per person • Groups welcome
Call (515) 281-1757
Due to strong public demand, the State Historical Museum is expanding its History Hunter "Vault Tours" to include a special viewing of Iowa's best historic quilts. Chief Curator Michael Smith will lead the exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of some of Iowa's finest treasures. The tour begins with an introduction to quilting history in the museum's new Rural Remembrances: Iowa's Quilt Legacy and continues in the subterranean, climate-controlled preservation center where tour participants will see some of the finest examples of this great American art form. Collection, conservation and preservation techniques will be discussed during this unprecedented opportunity to see quilts that have never been available for public viewing. Additional quilting activities will be available for the entire family.

Toddler Tuesdays
Tuesdays (through August 30)
10:30 to 11 a.m.
Stories, simple songs, learning and language activities for 2-5 year olds with an adult. Call 515-242-5193 for information.


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