Ice Age Saturday comes to the Historical Museum

For immediate release April 5, 2006



Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – Hundreds of central Iowa families attended a special showing of the hit animated feature “Ice Age 2: The Meltdown” at the Merle Hay Mall Cinema last Saturday, and they’ll have the opportunity on the next two Saturdays to learn more about real Ice Age history during special programming at the State Historical Museum.

The museum’s 16,000-year-old Hebior mammoth will be the centerpiece of “Ice Age Saturday” when visitors can take part in a wide range of hands-on activities at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and April 15, including the “Mammoth Dance” with professional dancer Janice Baker, the “Mammoth March” and flint knapping with avocational archaeologist Tom Harvey.

The “Mammoth March” is a custom-choreographed dance mimicking the movements of mammoths during the Ice Age, while Harvey’s flint knapping demonstration showcases how Paleo-Indian hunters made tools 12,000 years ago during the Ice Age.

In addition, museum staff will offer visitors a hands-on opportunity to learn “petroglyphing,” a style of writing used during the Ice Age, and children will be able to write about the Ice Age style and leave their “mark” or signature on an “Ice Age” wall. Professional storyteller Maureen Korte will tell stories about Ice Age families and how they lived, using aritifact replicas from a Paleo-Indian trunk to enhance the story and show items used during the Ice Age.

Tickets for Ice Age Saturday are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door. The State Historical Museum is at 600 E. Locust Street in the heart of Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Café Baratta’s, located in the State Historical Building, is open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from Ice Age Saturday benefit the State Historical Society of Iowa. Please contact Maureen Korte at 515-281-4132 or for more information.

The State Historical Museum is operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state.


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