Historical Society's book group meets Wednesday

For immediate release September 24, 2007


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


The State Historical Society of Iowa’s book group, “Book Discovery Discussions,” will meet 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the State Historical Building to talk about Splendid Solutions: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio by Jeffrey Kluger.

An “All Iowa Reads” selection, Splendid Solutions details Jonas Salk’s drive to find a polio vaccine and make it available to the public. The group will discuss a number of questions, including:

  • What did you learn about scientific work that surprised, delighted or dismayed you?
  • How do you relate the research done on polio to current debates on stem cell research or the ethical treatment of animals?
  • How did the author represent Albert Sabin and the “live vaccine” side of the debate?
  • How did the author’s conversational style and use of dialog affect you?
  • Do you have memories or have you heard stories about the polio scare?

The State Historical Building is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required, by visiting www.iowahistory.org. More information is available at 515-281-6897 or by email at susan.jellinger@iowa.com.

Following is the rest of the 2007-2008 Book Discovery schedule:

November 28, 2007
A Rural Community short story by Ruth Suckow
Suckow’s short story of an orphan who returns to his small, rural town.

January 23, 2008
In No Time At All by Carl Hamilton
Hamilton recalls the familiar trappings of country life between two world wars with a tinge of regret, commemorating their passing.

March 26, 2008
A Son of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland
An autobiographical memoir, Garland recounts events of his Midwest upbringing, including his time in Iowa.

May 28, 2008
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Call of the Wild is a featured title of the National Endowment for the Arts’ “The Big Read” program. London’s Iowa connection is two-fold: he marched across Iowa with Kelly’s Army and honeymooned in Newton.

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.


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