Wine and history of jazz in Southwest Iowa
WHTC celebrates 10th anniversary; SHSI sesquicentennial

For immediate release February 9, 2007


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

(DES 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 or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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