State Historical Society of Iowa

State Historical Society of Iowa The State Historical Society of Iowa has been a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy since 1857.
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Today we honor our U.S. military men and women who gave their lives while serving our country. Originally known as Decor...
05/25/2020

Today we honor our U.S. military men and women who gave their lives while serving our country. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day dates back to the 1860s and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Here are "8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day" from our friends at history.com. https://bit.ly/2TM48GP

Below is a photo of the funeral service for Capt. Harrison Cummins McHenry at the Iowa State Capitol on Nov. 6, 1921. McHenry was with Company B. of the 168th Iowa Infantry and was killed in action March 5, 1918. He was the first Iowa officer killed in World War I.

See more photos from the State Historical Society of Iowa collection: https://bit.ly/2LOaUY9. (Reproductions and permissions: https://bit.ly/3b8P24x)

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Today we celebrate the birth of Arabella "Belle" Babb Mansfield, who became the country's first woman lawyer in 1869. Sh...
05/23/2020

Today we celebrate the birth of Arabella "Belle" Babb Mansfield, who became the country's first woman lawyer in 1869. She did not attend law school but studied for two years in her brother’s law office in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. She was also a champion for women’s suffrage, chairing the first Iowa Suffrage Association state convention in 1870. Mansfield was born on this date in 1846. (Photo: State Historical Society of Iowa.)

Learn more about 15 female firsts in Iowa: https://bit.ly/2XuByuC

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If you look closely, you’ll see a woman in the center of this photograph. She’s addressing the huge crowd - but who is s...
05/23/2020

If you look closely, you’ll see a woman in the center of this photograph. She’s addressing the huge crowd - but who is she? … It’s Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She’s speaking directly to the crowd after a parade that was held during the convention of the Iowa Equal Suffrage Association on October 29, 1908 in Boone, Iowa.

To celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the State Historical Society of Iowa is pleased to share some of the photographs and documents from our Iowa Women's Suffrage collection: https://bit.ly/3bZobHT

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With support from a Historical Resource Development Program grant, the Newton Historic Preservation Commission was able ...
05/23/2020

With support from a Historical Resource Development Program grant, the Newton Historic Preservation Commission was able to preserve the Jasper County Courthouse clockwork and return the bell to working order. The project upgraded electrical functions and fixed broken glass, painting and weatherproofing to prevent damage. See how you can apply for an Historical Resource Development Program grant by June 1: https://bit.ly/2zoKRnr

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When the Dubuque County Historical Society needed to catalog, inventory and rehouse more than 4,600 objects in its colle...
05/21/2020

When the Dubuque County Historical Society needed to catalog, inventory and rehouse more than 4,600 objects in its collection, it turned to a Historical Resource Development Program grant for support. The project ensured better preservation and access to the collection, AND allowed several artifacts to be featured in exhibits at the Mathias Ham Historic Site and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

If you need help with a historic preservation project, be sure to apply for an HRDP grant by June 1: https://bit.ly/2zoKRnr

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Artifacts are not just on display at museums, they are all around you! A photograph, a cassette tape, a toy - all of the...
05/21/2020

Artifacts are not just on display at museums, they are all around you! A photograph, a cassette tape, a toy - all of these objects tell a story. Complete this Goldie’s home scavenger hunt with your young historians to find objects, photos and digital resources to learn more about the history that surrounds you.

And make sure to share your finds with the State Historical Museum of Iowa! Send a photo of your completed worksheet and an at-home artifact to [email protected], and we’ll highlight your finds! More Goldie at Home activities: iowaculture.gov/goldie-at-home

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Iowa history is full of stories of people from all over the world who have come here for a fresh start. The state's firs...
05/21/2020

Iowa history is full of stories of people from all over the world who have come here for a fresh start. The state's first Syrian and Lebanese immigrants arrived in 1895, settled in Cedar Rapids and built what is now the oldest continuously operating mosque in the country. As the Muslim month of Ramadan wraps up this weekend, Goldie invites you to learn more about Iowa's Islamic history by creating a Good Deed Tree, which incorporates Ramadan's lessons of discipline, kindness and generosity. https://iowaculture.gov/goldie-at-home

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During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the National Youth Administration agency to help un...
05/20/2020

During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the National Youth Administration agency to help unemployed young adults ages 16-25 find jobs. Here are some photos from the State Historical Society of Iowa collection that show the program in action in Iowa ca1940.

See more NYA in Iowa photos: https://bit.ly/3e2DfG8

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How did a group of preservationists restore a Dubuque church's stained-glass windows while turning it into a community c...
05/20/2020

How did a group of preservationists restore a Dubuque church's stained-glass windows while turning it into a community center called Steeple Square? See how they did it when historic preservationist Adam Schwendinger shares his story during the Preserve Iowa Summit online June 4-6.

Register and see the Schedule at a Glance: https://bit.ly/3bzXj0Q

Adam's story: https://bit.ly/3g6KgaB

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Last year, the Carroll Co IA Genealogy Society received a Historical Resource Development Program grant to microfilm and...
05/19/2020

Last year, the Carroll Co IA Genealogy Society received a Historical Resource Development Program grant to microfilm and digitize back issues of The Glidden Graphic and put them online. Today, anyone can access those papers from the comfort of their home to do genealogical and historical research or read back issues dating from 1898 to 2016. Check it out: https://bit.ly/2zcbLz2

If you need help with a historic preservation project, be sure to apply for an HRDP grant by June 1: https://bit.ly/2zoKRnr

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05/18/2020
Women of Woodland Cemetary

What do a suffragist, an osteopath and a children’s welfare advocate have in common? They are among the famous and not-so-famous female occupants of Des Moines' oldest cemetery, Woodland. Watch this State Historical Society of Iowa video from April that explores the graves and rich stories of Iowa women and organizations that had an impact on the state, including the likes of Annie Savery, Dr. Ella Still and Cora Bussey Hillis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JltSFYNze80

Learn more about "Stories in Stone" at https://bit.ly/2ZewnRR and the "Women of Woodland" at https://bit.ly/36a9oIX.

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Do you know Iowa has more than 2,000 nominations listed on the National Register of Historic Places - NPS, totaling more...
05/16/2020

Do you know Iowa has more than 2,000 nominations listed on the National Register of Historic Places - NPS, totaling more than 15,000 individual buildings, structures, sites and objects? You can use the National Park Service database to see the full list: https://bit.ly/2WYCYNr.

You can also check out the Iowa Culture app to discover extant sites listed on the National Register: https://iowaculture.gov/app. Have a great day!!

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The Seth Thomas Clock Company tower clock in Mount Vernon is a national treasure. With hand-painted scroll work and high...
05/16/2020

The Seth Thomas Clock Company tower clock in Mount Vernon is a national treasure. With hand-painted scroll work and high quality timekeeping features, it has run nearly uninterrupted in the historic King Chapel since 1882. Cornell College used two Historical Resource Development Program grants to preserve the clock and to repair the tower. Check out the photos for a before-and-after look at the project.

If you need help with a historic preservation project, be sure to apply for an HRDP grant by June 1: https://bit.ly/2zoKRnr

More info: https://bit.ly/3cCAL0S

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From Antonin Dvorak’s visit to Spillville in 1893 to Slipknot’s recent concert in Des Moines, Iowa's musical history is ...
05/15/2020

From Antonin Dvorak’s visit to Spillville in 1893 to Slipknot’s recent concert in Des Moines, Iowa's musical history is an eclectic mix of sites and sounds. Learn how the state's musical past can be a catalyst for historic preservation when Historian Elizabeth Gales and Architectural Historian Stephanie Rouse present "Music History as a Preservation Catalyst" during the 2020 Preserve Iowa Summit online June 4-6.

Learn more from our blog: https://bit.ly/360YzsG
Register and see the Summit Schedule at a Glance: https://bit.ly/3bzXj0Q

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Here's some great news: We have accepted the Sara McClain Sherman Papers into our permanent collection.Sherman (1885-197...
05/15/2020

Here's some great news: We have accepted the Sara McClain Sherman Papers into our permanent collection.

Sherman (1885-1979) was married to Grant Wood, and the donation of 147 items enhances our understanding of women in Iowa and the Midwest dating back more than 160 years.

Here's a sampling of items included in the donation:

- A 125-page autobiographical manuscript of her life.

- Pictures of Sara from ca1903 when she played Allan-a-Dale in Reginald DeKoven's light opera, "Robin Hood." Clark Gable's first wife, Josephine Dillon, is also in the photo.

- Pictures of the family home and children of Carter Manny, Jr., who studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright and worked on Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and the FBI building in Washington, D.C. Sara gave his mother voice lessons.

- A notebook written by her father, Henry David Sherman, the first Dairy Commissioner for Iowa. The notebook contains recollections of his life and family with genealogy information dating back to 1492.

- The Certificate of Marriage for Grant Wood and Sara Sherman, dated March 2, 1935.

Stay tuned for updates and photos of newly donated items. Meanwhile, check out these photos of Sara from the Joan Liffring-Zug Collection at the State Historical Society of Iowa.

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Last year, the Amana Heritage Society needed to inventory its collection and upgrade its storage. With support from an H...
05/15/2020

Last year, the Amana Heritage Society needed to inventory its collection and upgrade its storage. With support from an Historical Resource Development Program grant, the society photographed artifacts, created a computer database, and purchased museum-quality shelves, boxes and tissue paper. The result is a better organized collection that makes it easier to create exhibits and share artifacts with the public. If you need help with a historic preservation project, be sure to apply for an HRDP grant by June 1: https://bit.ly/2zoKRnr

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It's baseball season and the boys of summer are usually hitting their stride by now. But you can step up to the plate wi...
05/14/2020

It's baseball season and the boys of summer are usually hitting their stride by now. But you can step up to the plate with a few baseball photographs from the State Historical Society of Iowa collections: https://bit.ly/2X0clrH

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Even though Iowa’s famous tulip festivals were canceled this year, this week’s #GoldieAtHome activity is all about the h...
05/14/2020

Even though Iowa’s famous tulip festivals were canceled this year, this week’s #GoldieAtHome activity is all about the history of Dutch immigrants in Iowa, complete with instructions to build your own miniature windmill. iowaculture.gov/goldie-at-home

Bonus: Download a few Dutch-themed coloring sheets that Cameron Van Kooten Laughead designed for the Pella Historical Museum and Tulip Time. https://bit.ly/3cFIYl7

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It's been awhile since we've stood in line to see a theatrical performance or a movie, yes? Here are a few photos of how...
05/13/2020

It's been awhile since we've stood in line to see a theatrical performance or a movie, yes? Here are a few photos of how Iowans did it at the KRNT Radio Theater in Des Moines in the 1940s and 1950s. Click on each photo for more information. Enjoy!

Get more info about the theater: https://www.iowarocknroll.com/krnt

More photos: https://bit.ly/2WZgIDo
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Here's some great news: Marv Bergman, retired editor of the Annals of Iowa, has been awarded the 2020 Frederick Jackson ...
05/13/2020

Here's some great news: Marv Bergman, retired editor of the Annals of Iowa, has been awarded the 2020 Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Midwestern History Association. The award is given to senior scholars and/or public historians for who have shown a long-standing commitment to promoting the history of the Midwest.

"You richly deserve this award for your long and splendid work with the Annals of Iowa that has raised the standard for state history journals and broadened public appreciation of Iowa history throughout the region. Congratulations." – Theodore J. Karamanski, Frederick Jackson Turner Award Committee and Director of the Public History Program at Loyola University Chicago.

Congratulations, Marv!!

More info: https://bit.ly/2y3Qxmw

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Need some help with a historic preservation project? The Historical Resource Development Program may be your answer. Che...
05/12/2020

Need some help with a historic preservation project? The Historical Resource Development Program may be your answer. Check out this photo of the Taylor County Round Barn (Lenox Round Barn). It was moved to this site near Bedford, Iowa, about 20 years ago and was preserved, but the cupola shifted with age and exposure. The Taylor County Historical Society received an HRDP grant to stabilize and re-roof it, saving it for future generations to enjoy.

The next HRPD application deadline is June 1. See how you can apply: https://bit.ly/2zoKRnr

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As some Iowans left the country to fight in World War II, the state also became a refuge to others attempting to escape ...
05/11/2020

As some Iowans left the country to fight in World War II, the state also became a refuge to others attempting to escape the Nazis and their genocidal regime overseas. Ernest and Steffy Bressler, an Austrian couple, came to America in 1940. Ernest had spent eight months in a forced labor camp in Germany and both had lived under Nazi occupation for two years. They were able to flee Europe and relocate to Des Moines, Iowa, where they became United States’ citizens.

This document is Ernest’s certificate of naturalization from May 7, 1945, courtesy of the Iowa Jewish Historical Society and featured in the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Primary Source Sets. For more primary sources: https://bit.ly/3cp6Qt1

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While museums and other history organizations have been closed due to the Covid-19 virus, our staff, board members and o...
05/09/2020
Making History Come To Life

While museums and other history organizations have been closed due to the Covid-19 virus, our staff, board members and other history leaders have been busy making history come to life.

Check out this segment of Iowa Public Radio's "Talk of Iowa," which features Leo Landis. Tova Brandt and Tom Morain visiting with Charity Nebbe about Living History Farms in Urbandale and the value of living history, historical reenactments and how people can bring history into the home.

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While schools are closed, we're creating a series of "Talk of Iowa" episodes that will be fun and educational for learners of all ages. Every Tuesday, we

Do you need help with a documentary collection, historic preservation or museum project? If so, check out the Historical...
05/09/2020

Do you need help with a documentary collection, historic preservation or museum project? If so, check out the Historical Resource Development Program. The Correctionville Public Library tapped into the program last year and received $4,000 for a project that will digitize its microfilm newspaper collection and make it available on its website.

The next HRPD application deadline is June 1. See how you can apply: https://bit.ly/2zoKRnr

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The State Historical Society of Iowa has been a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy since 1857. With a dual mission of preservation and education, it maintains a museum, two research centers, preservation office, and eight historic sites. The society preserves and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources through a variety of statewide programs, exhibitions and projects while serving as an advocate for Iowa’s past and connector to the future.

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The spot Abraham Lincoln stood when he chose Council Bluffs, Iowa as the Eastern Terminus for Union Pacific.
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I have been trying to find a color picture of Christie Vilsack's 2003 inaugural gown - the one based on stained glass in terrace hill. I have found plenty of black and white photographs, but nothing in color. Does anyone have one they can post? It doesn't have to be fantastic quality - I just want to see the dress in color.
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Hanks Family Picture from early 1900"s.
I have some old family photos not known, some taken in Iowa for sure due to the photographers logo on the back. Would it be okay to post them here?