State Historical Society celebrates sesquicentennial in Sioux City

For immediate release October 29, 2007


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

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa will observe and celebrate its sesquicentennial during "Twilight Talk" at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6, 2007 at the Sioux City Public Museum, 2901 Jackson Street in Sioux City. The event is free and open to the public. SHSI launched its year-long statewide sesquicentennial celebration in February at the Old Capitol Building, where the Iowa Legislature created the State Historical Society as the organization to preserve and protect the history of Iowa. This event is one of several similar celebrations throughout the state this year.

Originally established in 1857, SHSI has served the state for 150 years. Throughout that time, its programs and activities have centered on preserving and interpreting the state's history.

Included in the Society's activities are the collection and preservation of books, newspapers and other research materials documenting Iowa's development; presentation of the state's history through exhibitions at the State Historical Museum and at eight historic sites throughout the state; assisting citizens with the preservation of local historical resources through the State Historic Preservation Office; through several grant programs; and by the publication of history journals.

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



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