History Hunter tours scheduled for Dec. 16

For immediate release December 8, 2006


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

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Museum is offering History Hunter tours of its permanent collections and Battle Flag Laboratory December 16. The Historical Museum is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information

History Hunters Museum Vault Tour
10:30 a.m.
December 16, 2006
State Historical Museum
$12 Adults, $8 children ages 7-12 at www.iowatix.com. Due to the sensitive nature of artifacts in the museum’s permanent collection, the tour is limited to adults and children 7 and older.

Become a History Hunter during this hour-long, behind-the-scenes walking tour that explores the museum's vault, an underground climate controlled preservation center that is home to more than 100,000 artifacts. Among the many unusual and interesting items you will see are a log cabin, square grand pianos and even a can of Spam. Also, old cars, an early Iowa State Patrol motorcycle, antique furniture and more! Tours are limited to groups of 20. Special private group tours can be arranged by calling (515) 281-3809. Proceeds from ticket sales are used for the care and preservation of the collection.

History Hunters Tour – Battle Flag Lab
1:30 p.m.
December 16, 2006
State Historical Building
$20 per person at www.iowatix.com. Due to the highly sensitive nature of the work involved, tours are limited to 10 participants age 12 and older.

See Iowa s Civil War Battle Flags Up Close! The hour-long tour reveals the process of stabilization and conservation of flags more than 100 years old, many of which hung in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. Battle Flag Lab staff offer an entertaining and educational presentation on how the flags are meticulously assessed, stabilized, and preserved for storage and future display. Visit www.iowaflags.org for more information on this fascinating piece of Iowa history. Battle Flag tours are held the third Saturday of each month. A portion of the proceeds go to the Iowa Battle Flag Preservation Fund.


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