Iowa Battle Flag kiosk on display at Capitol

For immediate release January 17, 2007

 

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

(DES MOINES) – An educational kiosk about Iowa’s involvement in the Civil War and the Iowa Battle Flag project goes on display today in the State Capitol Rotunda.

The kiosk, which can be used interactively with classroom lesson plans and presentations, will be in the Rotunda for one week before becoming available to schools, libraries, businesses and other groups later this month. The kiosk can be reserved by contacting Sheila Hanke at 515-281-8304 or at sheila.hanke@iowa.gov.

“The kiosk offers a brief overview of Iowa in the Civil War, statistics, and the history of Iowa’s battle flags at the State Capitol and their subsequent removal for stabilization and conservation,” said Hanke, who is a conservator and collections manager for the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Iowa Battle Flag Project. “We’re very pleased to make this project available to teachers, educators and others who are interested in sharing Iowa’s rich history.”

Iowa’s historic battle flag collection includes 317 flags borne by Iowa regiments and batteries during the Civil War, Spanish America War and World War I, the vast majority of which were last seen by the public in the 1890s. Since then, sunlight, smoke, and heavy gauze used to support each flag has caused damage, some of it severe. State Historical Society conservators may work up to 240 hours on a flag, with an average cost of $4,800 for materials to stabilize a single flag.

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. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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