Halloween events at the Historical Building

For immediate release October 8, 2007

 

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

(DES MOINES) – Following is a list of Halloween events scheduled for Oct. 25-26, 28 at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

“Haunted Iowa”
Thursday, Oct. 25
7 p.m.
$7, appropriate for ages 8 and older.
Chad Lewis, author of The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations, takes the audience on a ghostly journey of some of the most haunted places in the state. Lewis will present his stories with photos, case histories, eyewitness accounts, ghost lore and directions on finding the locations for your own ghost story. Hear about the “Banshee of Brady Street” in Davenport and the “Millville Poltergeist.” Are they real or imagination? Following the presentation, guests may take flashlight tours of the Historical Museum. Concessions will be available. Appropriate for ages 8 and older.

“Ghosting Concert”
Friday, Oct 26
7 p.m.
$7, appropriate for ages 8 and older.
Listen to professional storytellers as they weave spooky tales from different cultures. Neil Salowitz will tell ghost stories from the Jewish culture; Dr. Jackie Thompson will tell scary tales from Africa and Cyndi Chen will tell Chinese-themed tales. Joining them is Steve Marriot from Davenport, a master at reciting epic poems such as “The Tell Tale Heart,” “The Legend of Sam McGee” and “The Pit and the Pendulum.”  We will also have docents in the museum telling haunted tales from right here in Iowa. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

“Museum Monster Mash”
Sunday, Oct. 28
1-5 p.m.
Free
Sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and using featured VSA artists, Museum Monster Mash is a fun-filled afternoon of fall activities, workshops, spooky stories, and treat bags and a free book to take home. Appropriate for all ages.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.

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