Historical Museum seeks photos of presidential candidates
Images to be considered for "Caucus Iowa" project

For immediate release May 14, 2007


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

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Museum today said it is seeking photos of presidential candidates for possible inclusion in “Caucus Iowa,” a $1 million, 9,500 square-foot project scheduled to open in October.

“Caucus Iowa” will be an information headquarters, media center and issues forum project that offers a first-hand look at Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses – how they work, why they work, how they affect candidates and their campaigns, and how they differ from every other step to the White House. The project will be a caucus training headquarters for world-wide media and provide an issues forum where campaign organizations, presidential candidates and the public can host events, deliver speeches and hold other activities.

“In keeping with the spirit of the caucuses, we are asking the public to participate in creating the content of this exhibit,” said Cyndi Pederson, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. “Ideally, we’re seeking photographs of Iowans with presidential candidates at gatherings from caucus campaigning across the state since 1972 to today.”

Digital photos can be submitted to “Caucus Iowa” Project Manager Mark Holub at mark.holub@iowa.gov. Iowans may also mail non-returnable copies of print photographs to Holub at the State Historical Museum 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.

“We’ll review the photos that are submitted and notify the owners if theirs are chosen for the exhibit,” Holub said.

Iowa’s traditional first-in-the-nation caucuses focus the eyes of the nation and world on the state every four years, with intensive media scrutiny showcasing all aspects of Iowa life, promoting the state, its people and resources in a manner that is unrivaled by any other single event.

“Caucus Iowa” will define and explain the caucus method from a historical sense and create specific environments to experience this unique political process firsthand. It will be a rare opportunity to demystify citizen-democracy at work and celebrate it as a viable and necessary step in our presidential process.

With its emphasis on technology and electronics, the project will tell the story of the Iowa caucuses – their rise to national significance in the 1970s, coffee shop campaigning, living room politics and the impact severe winter weather, special interest groups and the media have on them. The project will also track the whereabouts of 2008 presidential candidates as they campaign throughout the state.

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.

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and 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. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.



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