Historical Society's book club explores In No Time at All
Carl Hamilton's tome recalls pre-World War II life in Iowa

For immediate release January 9, 2008


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

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa’s book group, “Book Discovery Discussions,” will meet 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 23, 2008 at the State Historical Building to discuss Carl Hamilton’s In No Time at All.

In his book, Hamilton recalls life in Iowa and the Midwest prior to World War II when the major industry was farming and leisure time was prized and largely a social affair. He uses vignettes and illustrations to create a humorous and honest piece of nostalgia that recalls the familiar trappings of country life between two world wars and, with a tinge of regret, commemorates their sudden passing.

A native of Glidden, Hamilton chaired Iowa State University’s Department of Technical Journalism in the 1960s and also served as a key ISU administrator. He might best be known as the namesake of Hamilton Hall, the journalism building on the ISU campus, which was named for him in 1984.

Participants may bring lunch or purchase a meal to go from Café Baratta’s. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required, by visiting www.iowahistory.org. The State Historical Building is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. More information is available at 515-281-6897 or by email at susan.jellinger@iowa.com

Following is the rest of the 2007-2008 “Book Discovery Discussions” schedule:

March 26, 2008
A Son of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland
An autobiographical memoir, Garland recounts events of his Midwest upbringing, including his time in Iowa.

May 28, 2008
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Call of the Wild is a featured title of the National Endowment for the Arts’ “The Big Read” program. London’s Iowa connection is two-fold: he marched across Iowa with Kelly’s Army and honeymooned in Newton.

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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