Iowa Historical Foundation names executive director

For immediate release March 20, 2008


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

(DES MOINES) – The Iowa Historical Foundation today announced it has named Barb Filer as executive director.

A Sioux City, Iowa, native, Filer comes to IHF after spending five years in special projects, fund development and consulting, including her work with the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Trust program, the State Historical Museum’s “Caucus Iowa” exhibit and a National Arts Forum Series hosted by the Iowa Arts Council and sponsored by MetLife Foundation in 2007.

She has also been manager of the Pella Opera House (2002-2003), shareholder administrator for the chairman, chairman emeritus and CEO of Pella Corporation (1999-2002), and administrator for the Terrace Hill Commission (1988-1998), where she reorganized and restructured the Terrace Hill Foundation.

“We are very excited to have Barb on board to lead the Iowa Historical Foundation in support of the State Historical Society of Iowa,” IHF Board Chairman John Liepa said. “Barb’s experience and knowledge of Iowa will be tremendous assets to the organization.”

Filer’s first priority is to work with foundation board members to develop new strategies for fund development.

“I have lived in nearly every major city in Iowa, and that gives me a strong understanding and appreciation of our state’s rich history,” she said.

Filer and her husband, Tom, live in Johnston and have three adult children, Michael, Cody and Emily.


IHF is a private, nonprofit organization that supports the State Historical Society of Iowa.

 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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