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. The society is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
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Today we salute "The Blackhawk Courier" newspaper, which was first published during this month in 1859. Learn more about...
01/20/2021

Today we salute "The Blackhawk Courier" newspaper, which was first published during this month in 1859. Learn more about it and other titles published in Black Hawk County through the Chronicling America program, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. https://bit.ly/3p2LYOv.

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Today's Goldie's Storytime features "A Sweet Smell of Roses" by Angela Johnson. The book tells the journey of two young ...
01/20/2021

Today's Goldie's Storytime features "A Sweet Smell of Roses" by Angela Johnson. The book tells the journey of two young girls joining a march in their community that is led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As the girls return home following the speech, they are inspired to fight for freedom and justice.

Visit https://bit.ly/3bXEngf to learn more, enjoy an activity and to hear a recorded reading of this book.

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01/19/2021
State Historical Society of Iowa

The State Historical Society of Iowa has been a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy since 1857. The society is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Visit online today at iowaculture.gov/history.
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Do you know somebody who made an outstanding contribution to Iowa history during 2020 or wants to become a member of the...
01/19/2021

Do you know somebody who made an outstanding contribution to Iowa history during 2020 or wants to become a member of the State Historical Society of Iowa's Board of Trustees? Here's your chance to nominate them:

The Excellence in Iowa History Awards recognize individuals, organizations and communities that made outstanding contributions to the study and practice of Iowa history during 2020, as well as outstanding publications, local history initiatives and significant, long-term achievements in Iowa history. Nominations are due Feb. 1.

Board of Trustees nominations can be submitted by anyone, but nominees must be members of the State Historical Society of Iowa, willing to attend five meetings per year and serve on various committees. Board nominations are due March 1.

Learn more and submit a nomination: https://bit.ly/3nZdH15.

Pictured (Pre-Covid): 2018 Excellence in Iowa History Award recipients Pella Historical Society and Wallace Winkie Foundation with Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg.

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Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers fame was born in Chicago, Illinois, on this date in 1939. Later, in 1945, his family ...
01/19/2021

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers fame was born in Chicago, Illinois, on this date in 1939. Later, in 1945, his family moved to Shenandoah, Iowa, where he and his brother, Don, performed live on the radio as "Little Donnie and Baby Boy Phil." The duo eventually became legendary pioneers of rock-n-roll and influenced a generation of bands and musicians around the world – including The Beatles and The Beach Boys – with hits such as "Bye, Bye Love," "All I Have to Do is Dream," "Bird Dog," "Let it Be Me," "Cathy's Clown," and "When Will I Be Loved." Phil died in 2014 at age 74.

Learn more about the Everly Brothers at https://bit.ly/2M2OmpO.

Learn more about the Everly Brothers Childhood Home Foundation: https://bit.ly/38Y4qSX.

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During the summer of 1959, two typhoons devastated Japan's agricultural region in Yamanashi Prefecture, northwest of Tok...
01/18/2021

During the summer of 1959, two typhoons devastated Japan's agricultural region in Yamanashi Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo. When Iowans heard about the destruction, they donated 36 breeding hogs to Japan – known today as the "Iowa Hog Lift." The support helped rebuild Yamanashi's livestock industry, open trade relations with Iowa and create the Iowa/Yamanashi sister-state relationship.

On this date in 1960, Iowa Gov. Herschel Loveless sent this letter of appreciation to Lee Norris of Fremont for his contribution to the "Iowa Hog Lift."

Learn more about it from the Iowa Heritage Illustrated. https://bit.ly/2KpLyT9.

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Do you have an aspiring writer or museum curator in the family? Be sure to get them signed up for our Young Writers' Wor...
01/15/2021

Do you have an aspiring writer or museum curator in the family? Be sure to get them signed up for our Young Writers' Workshop or Junior Curator Day Camp being offered this summer.

Learn more about both programs and register as soon as possible – space is limited: https://bit.ly/2XgOggs.

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Today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day. So, of course, we wanted to see how people dolled up their fabulous fur babies ...
01/14/2021

Today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day. So, of course, we wanted to see how people dolled up their fabulous fur babies in the past. Here are a few photos to enjoy while we hunker down tonight for the next winter blast:

The cat images come from our collection of E.M. Clark photos. We're not sure what the felines were thinking, but their humans clearly thought it was adorable. These two photos were taken between 1907-1912.

The dog images are from 1945 and show Brownie the Dog with his owner, Glenn Burklund, the "Minnesota Nightingale." The musical duo played in and around Iowa with Brownie performing tricks – check out the costume – and Glenn on accordion. Glenn's wife, Marguerite, made the frocks and joined the variety act on guitar in 1945. Brownie's green outfit comes from the State Historical Museum of Iowa's permanent collection.

Be sure to share your favorite pet poses in the comments. Enjoy, and stay safe and warm.

See more of E.M. Clark's photos on our Flickr page at https://bit.ly/3bCf1Vj.
Source: State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City
Reproductions and permissions: https://bit.ly/38G6VJk.

Learn more about Brownie and the Burklunds at https://bit.ly/2LTtLE9.

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01/14/2021

PLEASE NOTE: Due to expected winter weather issues, the State Historical Building of Iowa will be closed Friday, Jan. 15. In addition, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The building will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 9 a.m.

Join the State Historical Society of Iowa and Annals of Iowa Editor Andrew Klumpp to help commemorate the 175th annivers...
01/13/2021

Join the State Historical Society of Iowa and Annals of Iowa Editor Andrew Klumpp to help commemorate the 175th anniversary of Iowa with the newly formed Iowa History Book Club!

Book club will be quarterly throughout 2021, with each book relating to a different aspect of Iowa history. First up is "Iowa: The Middle Land" by legendary historian Dorothy Schwieder at 7 p.m. March 11.

Learn more and register here: https://iowaculture.gov/Iowa-History-Book-Club.

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Take a trip through women's suffrage with three recorded programs in our "History Alive: Votes for Women" series. These ...
01/11/2021

Take a trip through women's suffrage with three recorded programs in our "History Alive: Votes for Women" series. These programs were originally presented live for educators, and now they're available online for you to see, too.

"First-Person Interpretation of Suffrage in Iowa" with Historian Kate Levasseur.

"The Life and Legacy of Carrie Lane Chapman Catt and Women in Politics" with Karen Kedrowski from the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women in Politics.

"Universal Suffrage for Women of Color in Iowa" with Eric Morse from the Central Iowa Community Museum

All three are available here: iowaculture.gov/history/education/history-alive/suffrage.

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Virtual volunteers needed! We are looking for judges to evaluate student projects for the 2021 National History Day in I...
01/11/2021

Virtual volunteers needed! We are looking for judges to evaluate student projects for the 2021 National History Day in Iowa Virtual Contest Season.

Haven't volunteered before? No problem! Judges work in teams and receive online training before the contest. Judges can sign up and select a district contest that works best for their schedules here: https://bit.ly/2MWoYm7.

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Did you know that Iowa has a state rock? Any guesses to which one it is? Discover the answer and learn all about it when...
01/11/2021

Did you know that Iowa has a state rock? Any guesses to which one it is? Discover the answer and learn all about it when you plug in to our latest "Goldie at Home: Innovative Iowans" (Jan. 9) program at https://iowaculture.gov/goldie-at-home.

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Calling all history detectives! Discover unique objects from the State Historical Museum of Iowa's collection when you j...
01/08/2021

Calling all history detectives! Discover unique objects from the State Historical Museum of Iowa's collection when you join us online for the next "History Mystery: Live from the Museum Vault" program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. The program allows young historians from across the state to examine artifacts and historic images to determine how they were used and who might have used them. Learn more and register today: https://iowaculture.gov/goldie/history-mystery.

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Iowa History 101: Tales of the Territory – Once upon a time before Dec. 28, 1846, Iowa was a territory way out on the we...
01/08/2021

Iowa History 101: Tales of the Territory – Once upon a time before Dec. 28, 1846, Iowa was a territory way out on the western fringes of the United States. Learn more about Iowa’s territorial days from Leo Landis, the state curator for the State Historical Society of Iowa. His online presentation is part of the “Iowa History 101” series, which the society offers to commemorate Iowa’s 175th year of statehood. The event is free, but registration is required. Noon-1 p.m.

Learn more and register via Zoom:
https://iowaculture.gov/history/iowa-history-101-series

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Local governments and nonprofits that own properties on the National Register of Historic Places still have time to appl...
01/07/2021

Local governments and nonprofits that own properties on the National Register of Historic Places still have time to apply for Iowa's Rural Heritage Revitalization Grants, which range from $75,000 to $125,000. Applications are due Feb. 1. Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/3hPrtCb.

Pictured: Graceland Cemetery Chapel in Avoca.

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We're launching our year-long commemoration of Iowa's 175th anniversary of statehood this month with two online programs...
01/06/2021

We're launching our year-long commemoration of Iowa's 175th anniversary of statehood this month with two online programs in the Iowa History 101 Series. Join us at noon on Jan. 14 for "Iowa's Native Nations" with Lance Foster, vice chair of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska, and at noon on Jan. 28 for "Tales of the Territory" with State Curator Leo Landis.

Here's where you can register and learn more about these and other Iowa History 101 programs coming up this year: https://iowaculture.gov/history/iowa-history-101-series

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It seems like winter just arrived, but it's not too early to sign up for camps being offered this summer.The State Histo...
01/05/2021

It seems like winter just arrived, but it's not too early to sign up for camps being offered this summer.

The State Historical Museum of Iowa has opened registrations for its two camps: Junior Curator Day Camp and the Young Writers' Workshop. Learn more about both programs and register as soon as possible – space is limited: https://bit.ly/2XgOggs.

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Check out the Iowa Culture App for all our featured tours, including the Capital Monuments tour, live now through May 3r...
01/05/2021

Check out the Iowa Culture App for all our featured tours, including the Capital Monuments tour, live now through May 3rd.

Pictured: Scott's Grave, Des Moines
In 1855, Willson Alexander Scott and other speculators donated the 10 acres of land that make up the State Capitol Grounds. Scott died in 1859, and was buried on the grounds, per his wish.

Learn more by downloading the Iowa Culture app to your phone or visiting dcaapp.com.

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In this 1931 letter, Martha Fast of California asks First Lady Lou Henry Hoover to send her clothing because of the pove...
01/01/2021

In this 1931 letter, Martha Fast of California asks First Lady Lou Henry Hoover to send her clothing because of the poverty her family is facing during the Great Depression. A few days later, Hoover's secretary writes Fast a response to her request for clothes. See what the letter said in our Primary Source Sets: https://bit.ly/385ag4d

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Nineteen-year-old Emma Coger was a seventh-grade teacher at Quincy's segregated Lincoln school in 1872, when a September...
12/31/2020

Nineteen-year-old Emma Coger was a seventh-grade teacher at Quincy's segregated Lincoln school in 1872, when a September trip to Keokuk, Iowa, changed her young life dramatically. She was visiting friends, and on the return trip home an incident aboard the steamboat S.S. Merrill took her all the way to the Iowa Supreme Court. Learn why at https://bit.ly/3hv3gRk.

Pictured: Emma Coger tried to purchase a first-class breakfast ticket such as these issued by the North Western Union Packet Co. and was denied.

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Calling all history detectives! Discover unique objects from the State Historical Museum of Iowa's collection when you j...
12/31/2020

Calling all history detectives! Discover unique objects from the State Historical Museum of Iowa's collection when you join us online for the next "History Mystery: Live from the Museum Vault" program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. The program allows young historians from across the state to examine artifacts and historic images to determine how they were used and who might have used them. Learn more and register today: https://iowaculture.gov/goldie/history-mystery.

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Like everybody else across the state, we're talking about snow today. Take a look at these photos from February 1936, wh...
12/29/2020

Like everybody else across the state, we're talking about snow today. Take a look at these photos from February 1936, when the St. Louis Railway, located near Leland, Iowa, had its tracks covered after a major storm. Coal train service stopped for three days as crews tried to remove the snow. Two of the photos show a locomotive that was engulfed by massive snowbanks. See more photos on various topics in our Primary Source Sets: https://bit.ly/3o0EQBx.

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Here's a reminder that the State Historical Museum of Iowa is open this week except for New Years Day. Safety protocols ...
12/29/2020

Here's a reminder that the State Historical Museum of Iowa is open this week except for New Years Day. Safety protocols are in place so bring a mask or pick up a freebie from the front desk when you visit. The museum will return to its regular schedule – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday – next week. Log on to iowaculture.gov/visit for more information.

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Today, we're honoring the life and service of Pvt. Elmer Swensrud, whose Gold Star Gravesite is listed on the Iowa Cultu...
12/28/2020

Today, we're honoring the life and service of Pvt. Elmer Swensrud, whose Gold Star Gravesite is listed on the Iowa Culture app's Military History tour. Swensrud was born on the family homestead near Gordonsville, Minnesota, on Dec. 27, 1889. He farmed and worked as a carpenter before entering the service on Sept. 20, 1917. He trained at Camp Dodge and Camp Pike before joining the 87th Division when it sailed for France in June 1918. Tragically, Swensrud was killed on Oct. 3, 1918, when he was returning from the front lines with a group of German prisoners he had helped to capture. His remains were returned home to Worth County, where he is buried in the family plot at the North Shell Rock Cemetery.

Download the Iowa Culture app to your phone or learn more at dcaapp.com.

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Register to join museum staff on Zoom Jan. 9 for a special virtual version of the popular "History Mystery" program. The...
12/28/2020

Register to join museum staff on Zoom Jan. 9 for a special virtual version of the popular "History Mystery" program. The new digital format allows young historians from across the state to examine artifacts and historic images to determine how they were used and who might have used them. Sign up today to become a history super sleuth! Learn more and register: https://iowaculture.gov/goldie.

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On this date in 1846, President James Polk dipped his quill in ink and signed the bill that made Iowa the 29th state in ...
12/28/2020

On this date in 1846, President James Polk dipped his quill in ink and signed the bill that made Iowa the 29th state in the Union. Join us throughout the upcoming year for a series of statewide events and activities that commemorate Iowa history as we lead up to our state's 175th birthday, on Dec. 28, 2021. Learn more: https://iowaculture.gov/iowa175,

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Check out this photo of Barbara Douglas (front) and her sister, Ellen, enjoying a sleigh ride with their nanny, Ella McD...
12/24/2020

Check out this photo of Barbara Douglas (front) and her sister, Ellen, enjoying a sleigh ride with their nanny, Ella McDannel ("Danny") on the grounds of the Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids in 1910.

Have a safe and warm holiday!

Enjoy more photos in our Primary Source Sets: https://bit.ly/3aC0J6B

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Become a super sleuth and explore museum artifacts. Download digital activities, enjoy story time and more during the Go...
12/23/2020

Become a super sleuth and explore museum artifacts. Download digital activities, enjoy story time and more during the Goldie's Kids Club Winter Break program.

Iowa officially became a state on Dec. 28, 1846. To help commemorate the upcoming 175th anniversary of Iowa’s statehood, the museum is offering these and other activities to keep young historians busy during winter break.

Learn more and register today: iowaculture.gov/goldie/break-programs

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Des Moines, IA
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Museum 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Library & Archives Research Centers Closed, but patrons can submit research requests online: iowaculture.gov With a dual mission of preservation and education, the State Historical Society of Iowa oversees the State Historical Museum of Iowa, State Historical Research Centers, State Historic Preservation Office and eight State Historic Sites. The society preserves and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources through a variety of statewide programs, exhibitions and projects.

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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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Could someone help us ? Or point us to where this could be done? Thank you!!
Hello, please delete if not allowed: Does anyone have a link to a US Census map of enumeration districts? I'm looking for year 1900, Linn County Iowa, Center Point enumeration district 104 boundaries. Many thanks in advance 😃
Any information on this piece? It was found by the Winnebago River.
Where would I find Naturalization records for my GG Grandfather John Spahn . I found two records on for 24 Feb 1858 and the second is for John Spahn as well dated Oct 1863. One is my GG Grandfather and the second is GGG Grandfather. Thank you! NARA says to start local.
Does anyone have any idea what this is?
Our state is full of Native American history. I've only seen 2 posts so far this month . Much more than the Mesqwaki live/lived here. Can the society do better to educate everyone during the month of November and beyond? It's the least we can do.
I'm trying to sort out a bunch of extraordinary family photos my great-grandmother had kept- all from around the turn of the 20th century from Sioux City, Iowa related to the family of Peter and Jane Hare Ray. Can any one here steer me in the right direction of descendants or historical societies who might be interested?
Monroe County Historical Society in Paris, MO published a great book about Monroe Countyains who served in WW1. Quite a few of those who served moved to Iowa after discharge. We want to offer a discount to families who are related to those folks. Please have them contact MCHS, PO Box 131 in Paris MO 65275. 660-327-1831.
I am a veteran Of USS Iowa during the Korean War. I would love posting history of the ship that served our nation nearly 50 years. I don't know if that would be appropriate? If not just let me know. The people of Iowa donated 2 million dollars to move Iowa from San Francisco to Los Angeles where she now resides as a museum ship. She is now designated as the host museum ship of the United States Navy. Over the next few years she will be moved to another site in LA to accommodate this added responsibility! The following pictures are Iowa leaving San Francisco and arriving in Los Angeles to become a museum ship!
I like to post about Iowa veterans from time to time in order to respect, honor, and remember our state's heroes. I hope you and your members find this informative.
Blanchard, Ia, 1919 calendar, 1st Trust and saving bank. LEST WE FORGET. I got this today for my brother Tim.