Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov,
MOINES) – Educator and Author Michael Blair
will discuss Iowa’s geology and how it has changed
during the last 4.5 billion years at 1 p.m. April
21 at the State Historical Building.
“A Focus on Iowa Geology”
is free and open to the public in conjunction with
the State Historical Museum’s exhibit, “Hatching
the Past: The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt,” open
through May 6, 2007. Admission to “Hatching
the Past” is $5, free for children 12 and younger
thanks to the support of Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue
Shield. Tickets are available at www.iowatix.com
or at the museum gift shop. The State Historical Museum
is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic
East Village. For more information, visit www.iowahistory.org
or call 515-281-5111.
Blair has given presentations and lectures for more
than 30 years across the United States and around
the world. During “A Focus on Iowa Geology,”
he will cover a variety of questions, including:
- Did you know that Des Moines sits on top of an
old mountain or that the area was a tropical beach
300 million years ago?
- Does your house sit on top of an old coal mine or
in a river valley that flowed through the east side
of Des Moines?
- Do you know how the last glacier has influenced
where you live?
The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division
of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and serves
as a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and
as an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past.
Its dual mission of preservation and education involves
identifying, recording, collecting, preserving, managing
and providing access to Iowa’s historical resources.
As an advocate of understanding Iowa’s past,
SHSI educates 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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