"History for Lunch" lecture series continues Wednesday in Iowa City
Dr. Jan Olive Nash to discuss history of Iowa City airport

For immediate release March 7, 2008


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

(DES MOINES) – The popular “History for Lunch” lecture series at the State Historical Library in Iowa City continues Wednesday with Dr. Jan Olive Nash, who will discuss the history of the Iowa City Municipal Airport.

The presentation, “Iowa City Municipal Airport: Opening the West to Aviation, 1918-2007,” will be Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday in the Centennial Building’s Special Collections Reading Room, 402 Iowa Avenue, in Iowa City. The event is free and the public is invited to bring a brown bag lunch. A free booklet of the same title will be available to participants.

The first transcontinental airmail route traveled through Iowa City starting in 1920, and a United Airlines hangar built in 1930 is about to be torn down for runway expansion. The State Historical Society of Iowa is acquiring the papers and records of the Iowa City airport as a result of Nash’s work on the topic.

Nash received her undergraduate, masters and law degrees from the University of Iowa. She is a founder and principal of Tallgrass Historians L.C. in Iowa City, Iowa, a cultural resource management firm that studies the architecture and archaeology of the upper Midwest.

Working with the office of Historic Preservation, Nash and Tallgrass Historians have helped to document and preserve historic properties throughout the state through their investigations.

Her interests include the history of architecture, designed landscapes and the environment as well as the preservation of small towns and the historic Main Street districts of Iowa and the Midwest.

Nash completed her Ph.D. in history at Loyola University-Chicago in December 2006. Her dissertation was titled, Hinterland or Heartland: the Survival of Small-town Lake Mills, Iowa, 1850-1950.


 The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is 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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