Historical Building will close Tuesday to host presidential debate

For immediate release November 30, 2007


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

(DES MOINES) – Due to high security levels required for the National Public Radio and Iowa Public Radio live national Democratic presidential debate, the State Historical Building will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007.

The State Historical Building houses the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its two divisions, the Iowa Arts Council and the State Historical Society of Iowa. The State Historical Building also houses the State Historical Museum, State Historical Library and Special Collections, State Archives and Records Program, State Historic Preservation Office, Iowa Preservation Center, the Museum Store and Café Baratta’s.

The public may contact the DCA, IAC and SHSI administrative offices Tuesday by telephone at 515-281-5111. The building will reopen to the public 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007.

The NPR/IPR national Democratic presidential debate will be broadcast live and streamed live at www.npr.org 1-3 p.m. Tuesday from the State Historical Museum’s “Caucus Iowa” exhibit. NPR’s Steve Inskeep, Michele Norris and Robert Siegel will be the moderators.

The two-hour event will offer the first radio-only debate of the presidential race and will repeat the format introduced in 2004 by NPR and NPR member stations of Iowa. All major Democratic candidates are confirmed to attend.

In addition, NPR will broadcast “Talk of the Nation” 1-3 p.m. live Monday from the State Historical Museum’s “Caucus Iowa” exhibit. The Historical Building will be open to the public 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday.

The Caucus Iowa exhibit explores the history of the Iowa caucuses, demystifies the process for caucus-goers, and presents a more comprehensive and realistic image of Iowa to national and international media and other audiences. The exhibit opened Oct. 4 and will remain on display until January 2009.

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. The 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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