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Tax Credit Workshop June 13 in Le Mars

The State Historic Preservation Office, in partnership with the Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission, the Le Mars Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Le Mars Main Street will hold a Historic Preservation Workshop in June.

 

The workshop, "State Historic Tax Credit Program," will be Thursday, June 13, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Primebank, 37 1st Ave., NW, Le Mars. Registration is $10 and must be received by June 5. Contact Kathy Gourley, Kathy.Gourley@iowa.gov or (515) 281-3989.

 

Iowa provides a state income tax credit for the sensitive rehabilitation of historic buildings. It ensures character-defining features and spaces of buildings are retained and helps revitalize surrounding neighborhoods. Historic properties of all shapes and sizes can benefit from this program. Workshop participants will learn how to complete a state historic tax credit application. 

 

 

       
Buy "Profiles of Valor" at State Historical Libraries in Des Moines, Iowa City

A book about Iowa's 57 Civil War Medal of Honor recipients is available for purchase at the State Historical Library in Des Moines and Iowa City.

 

Authored by Sen. Dennis Black of Lynnville, "Profiles of Valor: Iowa's Medal of Honor Recipients of the Civil War" documents the 57 Iowa Civil War soldiers who received the Medal of Honor. The book is available at the State Historical Library, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines, and at the Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City. Softbound is $29.95 and hardcover is $44.95. Shipping is available for an additional fee. Read more...

 

 


       

 

Farm Crisis Documentary to Premiere at State Historical Museum

"The Farm Crisis," a new documentary produced by Iowa Public Television, will premiere at the State Historical Museum in June.

 

The film will be shown Thursday, June 27, 2013, with a reception at 6 p.m. prior to the screening at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Produced by Iowa Public Television, "The Farm Crisis" examines the causes of the farm crisis of the 1980s, explores the difficulties farm families and rural communities faced, and considers the social and economic impacts of this bleak period in our recent past. The crisis caused a major recession in Iowa, leaving families in poverty not seen since the Depression.  The combination of low crop prices and low farm incomes led to bankruptcy, family break-ups and an increased rate of farmer suicides.

 

The event is sponsored by Iowa Public Television, the Iowa History Center at Simpson College and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is made possible in part through the support of the James W. Hubbell, Jr., and Helen H. Hubbell Foundation. 

 

 

       

70 Students Earn Trip to NHD Finals

Thirty-two junior division participants and 38 senior division participants will hit the road in June on their way to the National History Day Finals at the University of Maryland.

 

The group of 70 Iowa students will compete for scholarships and cash prizes against nearly 2,500 students from the United States, Guam, America Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Europe, and Shanghai, China.

 

National History Day is an academic-enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The year-long academic adventure fosters students' enthusiasm for learning and encourages them to use primary, secondary, community and statewide resources on a subject of their choice related to an annual theme. The theme for 2013 is "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.

 

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Statewide Events in June Commemorate Civil War Sesquicentennial

The following upcoming events have been endorsed by the Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee:

 

"Icaria, Adams County and the Civil War"

June 1, French Icarian Village, Corning

Whether they were soldiers on the battlefield, supported the troops from the home front, or defended their state's southern border, Iowans played an important role in the Civil War. The Icaria and Adams County men and their families shared in that sacrifice. This family oriented event will include a military encampment, recruiting scenarios, musket and cannon demonstrations, and a skirmish, storytelling, children's games, a ladies tea, a presentation from President Abraham Lincoln, heritage craft demonstrations, and exhibits. Read more...

 


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"Larry the Cable Guy" Visits Gothic House 

The History Channel's "Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy" made a stop earlier this month at the American Gothic House in Eldon.

 

The episode premiered May 15 ("Larry vs. the Killer Bees" season 3, episode 1), and it's also to view available online at www.history.com.

 

In the episode, Larry is greeted by the current resident of the American Gothic House and celebrity pie maker Beth Howard, who is gearing up for another summer selling pies to hungry tourists at her Pitchfork Pie Stand and teaching pie-making classes. Read more about Beth at www.theworldneedsmorepie.com

 

 

 

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Montauk Questers Honor Longtime Member 

A break in the rain last week gave the Montauk Chapter of Questers, International, a chance to get out in the dirt at Montauk in Clermont. But this time, it was for more than just planting flowers.

 

The Questers gathered at Montauk May 21 to plant flowers and a rose in the rose garden as a memorial for longtime member Peggy Strong. Strong, of Elgin, died Aug. 31, 2012, at the age of 80. She was active in many community groups in addition to the Questers.

 

The Montauk Questers are regularly involved with events and fundraising at Montauk. Most recently, they secured a grant and led fundraising efforts to help restore the 1915 Mason and Hamlin grand piano.

 

Top photo, from left to right: Beverly Schrandt, Diane Reisweber, Richard Palucci, Charlene Palucci, Pat Bowden, Marva Eck, Mary Strong, Delores Everett, Sara Lopez, Lois Dummermuth, Marilyn Curnow, and Sand Deering.

 
Bottom photo: Pat Bowden and Beverly Schrandt. 

 

 

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Read The Goldfinch Online

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, all issues of the State Historical Society's discontinued children's magazine, The Goldfinch, are now digitized and available online at http://ir.uiowa.edu/goldfinch/. SHSI published the magazine from 1975-2000 for ages 8-13.

 

Each issue focused on a theme (ranging from immigrants to diaries to Iowa's Kid Heroes), and included articles, games, photos and fiction.

 

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New NPS Report Highlights Two Iowa Projects

The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program has generated over $66 billion in private investment in the rehabilitation of historic buildings since 1977. Fiscal Year 2012 marked the 35th anniversary of the first certified rehabilitation project under this highly successful program. A new report from the National Park Service features statistics, case studies and other information on the program over the last 35 years, including two Iowa projects.

 

The Roshek Building in Dubuque is named an outstanding example of the economic impact of historic tax credits. Over $45 million was invested in rehabilitation of the 260,000 square-foot building, which now leases to restaurants and retail stores, as well as an IBM office with 1,000 new employees.

 

The Midwestern flood recovery since 2008 is also highlighted in the report, specifically the Bohemian Commercial Historic District in downtown Cedar Rapids. Two projects there - C.S.P.S. Hall ($7 million renovation completed in 2011) and Hose Station No. 4 (now a residence and workspace for visiting artists) - are cited as examples of successful use of historic tax credits.

 

Read the full report "Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings" 

 


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Iowa Inventor Hall of Fame: Arthur A. Collins 

While a select few may have realized his potential at the time, the young Arthur Collins (1909-1987) appeared to be no different from the other boys who grew up in his hometown of Cedar Rapids.

 

But at the early age of 14, Collins obtained his amateur radio license from the Federal Radio Commission (now the FCC). Though his first attempts at making receivers were rudimentary, Collins' equipment proved to be so well made that the 16-year-old was able to establish a communications link with Navy commander Richard E. Berd during his exploration of Greenland in 1925 - a feat that the U.S. Navy struggled to accomplish. Read more... 

 


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Preservation Wins! Clinton's St. Irenaeus Church Windows Undergo Restoration

Once in danger of demolition, the 1871 St. Irenaeus Church in Clinton was too precious for the Clinton County Historical Society to see hauled off to a landfill. In 2009, the battle to save the building was on. In 2010, the CCHS took over rehabilitation and repair efforts of the church and had it listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now, CCHS is rehabilitating the towering stained-glass windows that serve as the eyes to the soul of this church. Read more...

 

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Photo Note

Polk County Conservation Officer Lloyd Huff showing a wildflower (daisy fleebane) to a group of children at Lake Ahquabi State Park. Iowa. June 1960. Photographer: John Houlette. Special Collections, State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines

 

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In This Issue
Tax Credit Workshop June 13 in Le Mars
Buy "Profiles of Valor" at State Historical Libraries in Des Moines, Iowa City
Farm Crisis Documentary to Premiere at State Historical Museum
70 Students Earn Trip to NHD Finals
Statewide Events in June Commemorate Civil War Sesquicentennial
"Larry the Cable Guy" Visits Gothic House
Montauk Questers Honor Longtime Member
Read The Goldfinch Online
New NPS Report Highlights Two Iowa Projects
Iowa Inventor Hall of Fame: Arthur A. Collins
Preservation Wins! Clinton's St. Irenaeus Church Windows Undergo Restoration
Photo Note

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MuseumState Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust, Des Moines

 

  

Tunes on the Terrace sponsored by Café Baratta's and the Iowa Arts Council

Every Friday through June 28

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Café Baratta's:

May 31: The High Crest

June 7: David Zollo

June 14: Chad Elliott

June 21: The High Crest

June 28: Paige Harpin

  

June 27: Premiere of the Documentary Film "The Farm Crisis," reception at 6 p.m.; film at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. See related story. 

 

  

WHTCState Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City 

 

June 22: "Iowa Ice Cream Memories" with Kristina Huff. Offer your memories and view vintage ice cream items and molds while enjoying free Heyn's Ice Cream. Call (319) 335-3911 for more information. 

 

   

MontaukEventsMontauk Historic Site, Clermont 

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Profiles of Valor: Iowa's Medal of Honor Recipients of the Civil War

 

$29.95/softcover

$49.95/hardbound 

 

Available for purchase in the Reading Room of the State Historical Library, 600 E. Locust; and the Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Ave., Iowa City. 

 

Written by Iowa Senator Dennis Black, "Profiles of Valor" is a must have for any Civil War enthusiast collection. With 480 pages illustrated with more than photographs of Iowa's recipients, medals and other Civil War related scenes, "Profiles of Valor" includes detailed biographical information of the recipients as well as a history of events before, during and after the Civil War in Iowa. 

 

Call (515) 281-6200 (Des Moines) or (319) 335-3916 (Iowa City) to order or for more information. Shipping is available for an additional fee.

 

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