Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov,
MOINES) –Ric Swanson and Wayne Kobberdahl of
Jazz Arts Midwest will give a presentation on “The
History of Jazz in Southwest Iowa” at 2 p.m.,
Feb. 18 at the Western Historic Trails Center, 3434
Richard Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs.
The event, sponsored by WHTC, is part
of the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County
lecture series and includes a wine tasting at 1 p.m.
Jazz has been called the purest expression of American
democracy. The rich and influential history of jazz
offers important lessons as it parallels the history
of diversity in the United States. Jazz Arts Midwest
has filled an important role in promoting this history
and the future of jazz as America’s only true
original art form for area residents.
As an organization, Jazz Arts Midwest looks to the
future, with a goal of offering all of Southwest Iowa
and the surrounding areas opportunities to learn how
jazz has influenced and enhanced the state and its
cultural base. The group offers projects to students
– including performing opportunities, utilizing
partners and venues based in education sites.
The wine tasting will feature Breezy Hill Vineyard
& Winery and Danish Country Wines and Vines products
that are for sale at the WHTC gift shop. The wine
tasting is being held to promote Western Iowa’s
historic wine community.
The presentation and wine tasting are part of a year-long
series of events marking WHTC’s 10th anniversary
and the sesquicentennial of the State Historical Society
of Iowa. WHTC is one of eight historic sites in Iowa
operated by SHSI. Call 712-366-4900 for more information
about anniversary and sesquicentennial events at WHTC.
The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division
of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and 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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