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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Well, hello there, Ambassador Terry Branstad. Thanks for stopping by the State Historical Museum of Iowa during your tri...
08/13/2020

Well, hello there, Ambassador Terry Branstad. Thanks for stopping by the State Historical Museum of Iowa during your trip back home. It was fun to hear the inside scoop about Iowa's political history (see: David Yepsen's button collection) and admire the car that former first lady Arletta Clarke used to drive around Adel, Iowa -- sometimes with her grandson, Nile Kinnick. Small world.

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The most recent issue of the Annals of Iowa takes a historical look at a topic that is also in today's headlines: Memori...
08/12/2020

The most recent issue of the Annals of Iowa takes a historical look at a topic that is also in today's headlines: Memories of the Civil War.

Jonathan D. Neu's article, "Produce Patriots as well as Scholars," focuses on a short-lived university that Civil War veterans built in Mason City to preserve the Union legacy.

Pictured: The first building completed at Memorial University in Mason City. (1902)

Become a member of the State Historical Society of Iowa to receive a subscription to the Annals of Iowa: https://bit.ly/2XWGido,

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The 19th Amendment's adoption was certified on Aug. 26, 1920, a culmination of a decades-long movement for women's suffr...
08/11/2020

The 19th Amendment's adoption was certified on Aug. 26, 1920, a culmination of a decades-long movement for women's suffrage on both state and national levels. Celebrate the centennial anniversary with this week's At-Home Summer Expedition with activities, videos photos and more: iowaculture.gov/goldie-summer/womens-suffrage

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The Smithsonian, The Library of Congress and the US National Archives have launched #19SuffrageStories, a 19-day social ...
08/08/2020

The Smithsonian, The Library of Congress and the US National Archives have launched #19SuffrageStories, a 19-day social media campaign that will share stories about the long fight for women’s voting rights in the U.S.

Every weekday this month through Aug. 26, the three institutions will share one of 19 stories related to women’s suffrage, counting down to Women’s Equality Day Aug. 26.

You're invited to follow the countdown on social media and on the web. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3gHy14a.

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Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) – Acclaimed printmaker and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett was born in Washington, D.C. and bec...
08/07/2020

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) – Acclaimed printmaker and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett was born in Washington, D.C. and became one of the first three people – and first Black woman – to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Iowa in 1940.

In 1947, she produced her first major show, “I am a Negro Woman,” a series of sculptures, prints and paintings that toured Black women’s colleges in the United States. She later married Mexican painter Francisco Mora and was part of a lively community of artists that included Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera.

Catlett taught at the National School of Fine Arts in Mexico City from 1958 until her retirement in 1976. During the past 40 years, museums and galleries have held more than 50 solo exhibitions of Catlett’s sculptures and prints.

Use Goldie's Kids Club "Think Like an Artist" cards to learn more about Catlett's notable works and ways to interpret her art: bit.ly/IowaArtists

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Move along, von Trapps. The hills of northeast Iowa are alive with the sound of music -- specifically, the echoes of the...
08/07/2020

Move along, von Trapps. The hills of northeast Iowa are alive with the sound of music -- specifically, the echoes of the seven Larrabee children who practiced their do-re-mi's more than a century ago at the Montauk Historic Site. In this week's #GoldieAtHome activity, make a few musical instruments of your own, just like the Larrabee family, and learn more about their historic home in Clermont. iowaculture.gov/goldie-summer/montauk

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Our partners at the Iowa Economic Development Authority along with Volunteer Iowa have announced the Iowa Nonprofit Reco...
08/05/2020

Our partners at the Iowa Economic Development Authority along with Volunteer Iowa have announced the Iowa Nonprofit Recovery Fund, an extension of the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program. The program will provide short-term relief to nonprofit organizations that have seen reduced revenue and/or increased costs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Eligible nonprofits may be awarded up to $25,000. For more information on eligibility and assistance, visit https://bit.ly/30spuN0. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 or until all funds have been exhausted. They will be awarded on a first-come, first-ready-to-process basis.

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Looking to get out of the house and do something fun? Be sure to check out your local historical sites and cultural orga...
08/04/2020

Looking to get out of the house and do something fun? Be sure to check out your local historical sites and cultural organizations – safely. Wear a mask, wash your hands, maintain 6 feet social distance and stay home if you are ill.

If you're looking for ideas, you can peruse the Iowa Culture App. It's available at the Apple Store or Google Play Store, or use the desktop version: https://bit.ly/3gvZKF1.

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Week 10 of At-Home Summer Expeditions sends Goldie to the Montauk Historic Site in Clermont, Iowa. Discover the life and...
08/04/2020

Week 10 of At-Home Summer Expeditions sends Goldie to the Montauk Historic Site in Clermont, Iowa. Discover the life and legacy of the Larrabee family through photos, videos, a DIY music activity and more! iowaculture.gov/goldie-summer/montauk

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As educators and students return to school in different ways – in person, virtual and hybrid – they can learn about Iowa...
08/03/2020
In History-Making School Year, Students Find More History Online

As educators and students return to school in different ways – in person, virtual and hybrid – they can learn about Iowa history with more online resources than ever before. Learn about digital resources provided by the State Historical Society of Iowa that encourage students to wonder, ask questions and investigate the past.

Examples? How about the letter Jack Trice wrote before his fateful Iowa State University football game in 1923; a map Carrie Chapman Catt color-coded to show which Iowa counties supported women’s suffrage in 1916; or an elaborate drawing a Meskwaki artist penned in about 1830, as well as a powwow video from 2018. Check it out: https://bit.ly/2Xo0Afp

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As Iowa students return to school this month — or possibly don’t — they can learn about Iowa history with more online resources than ever…

America celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage this month. But many people may not know ratification of th...
08/01/2020

America celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage this month. But many people may not know ratification of the 19th amendment came down to a tie-breaking vote by one state representative in Tennessee. Learn the story here: https://bit.ly/30eNAdW.

Pictured: A women’s suffrage parade in Boone in 1908. (State Historical Society of Iowa)

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Fifty years ago this weekend, a Chicago-based concert group held a multi-day rock festival on the farm of Clarence “Curl...
07/30/2020

Fifty years ago this weekend, a Chicago-based concert group held a multi-day rock festival on the farm of Clarence “Curly” Schmitt just outside Wadena in northeast Iowa.

The Wadena Rock Festival – dubbed “Galena in Wadena” due to a last-minute venue change from Galena, Illinois – lasted three days, July 31-Aug. 2, 1970, with acts performing day and night for an estimated 40,000 people.

Some of the acts included The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Everly Brothers, Mason Proffitt, Albert King, Poco, Little Richard, The Guess Who, Leon Russell, Johnny Winter and REO Speedwagon.

The festival plunged Iowa into controversy that reached all the way to the attorney general and governor's offices. When the music ended, legal issues remained including lawsuits of more than $1 million.

Learn more from the "Daniel P. Ernst collection on the Wadena Rock Festival, 1970-1974" held in the State Historical Society of Iowa's Library and Archives: https://bit.ly/3hVqnDN

Check out more info at https://bit.ly/2P9HbKH and see how you can participate in the Wadena Rock Festival 50th Reunion.

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In Iowa's early days, blacksmith shops repaired wagon wheels, sharpened farm tools and fitted shoes on horses and oxen. ...
07/30/2020

In Iowa's early days, blacksmith shops repaired wagon wheels, sharpened farm tools and fitted shoes on horses and oxen. Some may think of them as the original "tech startups." This week's #goldieathome activity is inspired by the Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop (founded in 1883) near Marshalltown, Iowa. https://iowaculture.gov/goldie-summer/edel

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TONIGHT: Tune in to Iowa PBS at about 7 p.m. tonight to see "One Woman's Vision: Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Race for Equal...
07/30/2020

TONIGHT: Tune in to Iowa PBS at about 7 p.m. tonight to see "One Woman's Vision: Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Race for Equality." The documentary was created this year by Anjali Kumar and Eshaan Chandani of Johnston Middle School as their National History Day project.

You may recall the documentary placed fourth in the National History Day (College Park, Maryland) virtual competition earlier this summer and was selected for a specialty showcase with the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Check out who won this year's Excellence in History Awards from the State Historical Society of Iowa's Board of Trustees...
07/29/2020

Check out who won this year's Excellence in History Awards from the State Historical Society of Iowa's Board of Trustees. The list includes a lifetime achievement award for Michael Gibson, director of the Loras College Center of Dubuque History. Please join us in congratulating all of our award recipients. https://bit.ly/3gc8yjk.

Pictured: Horace Mann Elementary School in Iowa City, Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake and the State Capitol.

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July 28th is Buffalo Soldiers Day, the day America honors and celebrates early Black regiments in the U.S. Armed Forces....
07/28/2020

July 28th is Buffalo Soldiers Day, the day America honors and celebrates early Black regiments in the U.S. Armed Forces. Buffalo Soldiers first served after the Civil War and received their nickname from Native Americans as a sign of respect. In Iowa, Buffalo Soldiers from the all-Black 9th and 10th Cavalry trained for World War I at Fort Des Moines.

Pictured: Buffalo Soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division in a trench headed into action in the Argonne Forest in France during World War I. https://bit.ly/3fbICTw.

More information: https://bit.ly/3hO8MgZ and https://bit.ly/30SVc4V.

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Congratulations to Anjali Kumar and Eshaan Chandani of Johnston Middle School! Iowa PBS caught wind of their National Hi...
07/27/2020

Congratulations to Anjali Kumar and Eshaan Chandani of Johnston Middle School! Iowa PBS caught wind of their National History Day documentary, "One Woman's Vision: Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Race for Equality," and will air it on Thursday, July 30, following the Class 5A Softball Championship (approximately 7 p.m.)

You may recall their documentary placed fourth in the National History Day (College Park, Maryland) virtual competition earlier this summer and was selected for a specialty showcase with the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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07/27/2020
Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop

When visitors step into the Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop, they are transported back in time to more than a century ago — a time when the small town of Haverhill, Iowa, was a thriving market town, the nation relied on horsepower and everyday tools and items were repaired rather than replaced. A skilled blacksmith, German immigrant Matthew Edel owned the shop from 1883 until his death in 1940. Explore his shop, patented inventions and more with this week's At-Home Summer Expedition: iowaculture.gov/goldie-summer/edel.

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German immigrant Matthew Edel opened a blacksmith shop in Haverhill, Iowa, in 1883. He made a living making wagons and wheels, shoeing horses, and registerin...

Born to slave parents in Virginia in 1865, George H. Woodson had a remarkable life. He graduated from Howard University'...
07/24/2020

Born to slave parents in Virginia in 1865, George H. Woodson had a remarkable life. He graduated from Howard University's law school in 1896 before coming to Iowa with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry.

Working from his law offices in the coal mining town of Buxton and Des Moines, he became a hero of the Black legal community. Here are a few of his notable accomplishments:

– Co-founded the Niagra Movement in 1905, a forerunner to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

– Became deputy director of customs in Des Moines in 1924, commissioner of the Virgin Islands in 1928, and a representative of the Virgin Islands to the Republican National Convention.

– Led the founding of the Iowa Negro Bar in 1901 and the National Bar Association in 1925.

Woodson died in 1933 and was laid to rest with masonic and military honors in Des Moines' Glendale Cemetery. Learn more from the Annals of Iowa (https://bit.ly/2EhZVpl) and University of Iowa (https://bit.ly/3g46J88).

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If you can't go to the Iowa State Fair this year you might as well bring it home to you! Today's #GoldieAtHome activity ...
07/23/2020

If you can't go to the Iowa State Fair this year you might as well bring it home to you! Today's #GoldieAtHome activity spotlights the Davenport inventor William Schneider, who received the first U.S. patent for a carousel, in 1871. Step right up: https://bit.ly/30zNIDL

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GREAT NEWS: The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has awarded more than $2 million in 176 grants to support arts, film...
07/22/2020

GREAT NEWS: The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has awarded more than $2 million in 176 grants to support arts, film, history and culture, including more than $500,000 in 32 grants for research and historic preservation projects. The grants will help Iowans:

– Continue repairs at the historic Madison County Courthouse (pictured).
– Preserve and digitize Bix Beiderbecke's printed materials and jazz recordings in Davenport (pictured)
– Preserve the Mount Hope Country School built in 1916 in Warren County (pictured).
– Preserve the last remaining dam gate from the historic Lower Dam of Winneshiek County.
– Repair and improve the farmhouse at Vice President Henry A. Wallace's birthplace farm near Orient.

Learn more about the grants: https://bit.ly/3fRt0pB

BONUS NEWS: Staff and volunteers of Iowa history organizations such as historical and genealogical societies, archives and museums can join our Local History Network to connect with fellow stewards of Iowa history. Learn how you can join for free: https://iowaculture.gov/localhistory.

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The outlaw Jesse James and his gang reached a new level of notoriety on this day in 1873 when they derailed a Chicago, R...
07/21/2020

The outlaw Jesse James and his gang reached a new level of notoriety on this day in 1873 when they derailed a Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway train a few miles west of Adair, Iowa, and stole about $3,000 and jewelry. The incident is widely believed to be the first successful train robbery west of the Mississippi River. Read more about it in this engaging piece from the Annals of Iowa: https://bit.ly/39ekkqI.

(Pictured: Jesse James. State Historical Society of Iowa. Reproductions and permissions: https://bit.ly/3b8P24x.)

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While the Iowa State Fair is not happening this year, you can hear State Curator Leo Landis share a few stories about "t...
07/20/2020

While the Iowa State Fair is not happening this year, you can hear State Curator Leo Landis share a few stories about "the best state fair in our state" online at noon on Thursday. It's part of the "Iowa History 101 Series" and this one's called "Iowans at Play: Iowa State Fair." Pictured: Iowa State Fairgrounds showing Exposition Building and concourse, ca1906.

More info; https://bit.ly/2CuZ7wK
Register: https://bit.ly/2WOt1Du

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Did you know the first Iowa State Fair was held Oct. 25-27, 1854, in Fairfield, Iowa? It moved to Des Moines in 1886 and...
07/20/2020

Did you know the first Iowa State Fair was held Oct. 25-27, 1854, in Fairfield, Iowa? It moved to Des Moines in 1886 and now covers 445 acres including 160 acres of campgrounds. Learn more about the Iowa State Fair with this week's Goldie's "At-Home Summer Expeditions." Here's this week's line-up of activities:

– Iowa State Fair Word Search Puzzle
– Goldie at Home Activity: DIY Carousel
– Virtual Historical Walking Tour
– From the Vault: Iowa State Fair Collections
– Video: State Fair Train Collision
– Video: #IowaArtifacts - State Fair
– Iowa State Fair: Historical Highlights
– The Goldfinch: Iowa State Fair

Check it out here: https://iowaculture.gov/goldie-summer/state-fair

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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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What qualifications are considered when having a home on the historic registry?
what do you know about a book printed in 1877 by RT Root
Need info on these items found near where I live
Here is a blog I wrote on resilience that refers to Iowa African American women of the Great Depression: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/04/28/building-resilience-days-coronavirus-lessons-great-depression-0
I found this on my property on the bank that goes down to what was the train tracks which are now the high Trestle Trail in Madrid. I know past residence used to dig holes and bury and burn their trash along the property line or in the banks. My question is what is this?
The history of black women of The Great Migration to Iowa is extraordinary. Read about our event of March 3rd, 2020 that drew a large crowd:
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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.