Iowa's geological history focus of lecture April 21
For immediate release April 13, 2007


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

(DES 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 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 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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