Iowa Historical Foundation gala set for Oct. 24
"A Gala Evening at the President's Table" supports State Historical Society

For immediate release September 30, 2008


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

(DES MOINES) – Iowa Historical Foundation next month will present “A Gala Evening at the President’s Table,” a benefit 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, 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.

Barry H. Landau, author of “The President’s Table: 200 Years of Dining and Diplomacy,” will be the special guest and speaker for the evening.

Landau is a presidential historian and one of the foremost collectors of presidential memorabilia and artifacts. He has planned historic events in service to eight presidents, dating back to President Lyndon Johnson. All guests will receive the book and may have their copies signed by the author during the event.

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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