Iowa Historical Foundation gala set for Oct. 24
"Presidential historian Barry H. Landau special guest and speaker

For immediate release October 10, 2008


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

(DES MOINES) – The Iowa Historical Foundation will present “A Gala Evening at the President’s Table” to support the State Historical Society of Iowa’s educational programs and exhibits.

The gala will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust St., in Des Moines. Tickets are $125 and invitations may be requested by calling Iowa Historical Foundation Executive Director Barb Filer at 515-281-8823 by Oct. 17, 2008.

Governors Terry Branstad, Robert Ray and Tom Vilsack and their wives will co-host the event; Michael and Erin Kiernan will be the emcees.

Barry H. Landau, author of “The President’s Table: 200 Years of Dining and Diplomacy,” will be the special guest and speaker. Guests will receive a copy of the book personally inscribed by the author.

Landau is a presidential historian and one of the foremost collectors of presidential memorabilia and artifacts. He has planned historical events in service to eight presidents, dating back to President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The evening will feature a tasting menu of presidential favorites from cocktails to dinner. Guests can also vote in a presidential straw poll and enjoy State Historical Museum exhibits, including “The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and Memories,” open through March 1, 2009.

“The Working White House” is an artifact-based traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, developed with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the White House Historical Association.

Contact Barb Filer at 515-281-8823 or for more information.


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  or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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