Leininger Participates in Annual Welcome Center
Training and Tour

For immediate release May 10, 2006


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

COUNCIL BLUFFS – Saundra Leininger, a museum guide at the Western Historic Trails Center, was among 30 employees and volunteers from Iowa’s welcome centers who participated last month in the Iowa Tourism Office’s annual Welcome Center Training and Familiarization Tour.

The event gave travel counselors the opportunity to experience many of the state’s attractions first-hand, which helps them relay better information about Iowa’s travel opportunities to visitors seeking assistance at welcome centers. The Iowa Tourism Office is a division of the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

Owned and operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, the Western Historic Trails Center in Council Bluffs is an Iowa Welcome Center and a historic site that interprets the Lewis and Clark, California, Oregon, and Mormon Pioneer trails. WHTC covers 480 acres of river bottom adjacent to the Missouri River and Interstates 80 and 29, including the Lied Historical Building and Harvey’s Recreation Complex.

Leininger has been a WHTC museum guide since 2004.

“Saundra and the rest of our staff are delighted to welcome thousands of travelers and other visitors to our center each year,” WHTC Manager KC Hummel said.

The State Historical Society of Iowa is 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. More information about SHSI is available at www.iowahistory.org.

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