“History for Lunch” features author Barry Landau Oct. 23
Presidential historian’s White House work began with Johnson administration

For immediate release October 2, 2008


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

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society’s popular “History for Lunch” lecture series continues this month with Barry H. Landau, author of “The President’s Table: 200 Years of Dining and Diplomacy.”

Landau, one of the foremost collectors of presidential memorabilia and artifacts, will speak at Noon on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at SHSI’s Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue (Iowa and Gilbert streets) in Iowa City. The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Call 319-335-3911 for more information.

Landau’s collection started after visiting the Eisenhower White House when he was 10 years old, and he has planned historic events with every administration since President Lyndon B. Johnson occupied the Oval Office.

He has been a frequent network commentator on matters relating to the presidency and White House protocol on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN and MSNBC, and has served on numerous presidential commissions.

“The President’s Table” is a lavishly illustrated book that provides an insightful and entertaining look at America’s dining habits as the nation grew through social and economic change. “The President’s Table” will fascinate anyone with an interest in American history and presidential politics.

Landau is president of Barry Landau Productions, a multi-media company, and resides in New York City. He has appeared across the country to promote his book, including an appearance on “MARTHA: The Martha Stewart Show.”


 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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