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Iowa History 101 – Camping While Black

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Join Sarah Eikleberry of St. Ambrose University to explore the ways Black communities in the Midwest forged access to residential summer camps, a practice that was evolving into a quintessential experience of American childhood in 1925-1950.

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Iowa History Book Club: On Behalf of the Family Farm

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When technology, depopulation, and rapid economic changes dramatically altered rural life over the last 80 years, Midwestern women met these challenges with their own feminine vision of farm life. This book spotlights four national farm organizations in Iowa – the Farm Bureau, the Farmers Union, the National Farm Organization and a group called the Porkettes [...]

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Iowa History 101: It’s A Wonderful Life

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Join Leo Landis, State Curator at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, and Christopher Wilson, Director of Experience Design at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, as they discuss how the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” has become a holiday tradition and a feel-good Hollywood tale of redemption. Now that 75 years have passed [...]

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Iowa History 101: We Came Home Together

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Join Dwain Coleman, University of Iowa Ph.D. candidate and co-director of the Iowa Colored Conventions Digital Project, as he discusses how Black Civil War Veterans of the 1st Iowa Regiment of African Descent (60th U.S. Colored Infantry) and their families used the goodwill obtained through their service to fight for equal rights and social space [...]

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Iowa History 101: The Poison Garden

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Join Molly Wood, Des Moines based photographer and artist featured on the cover of 175th Anniversary Issue of the Annals of Iowa, as she discusses her botanical photographs that serve as metaphors for the natural cycles of life, death, and rebirth, as well as the complexity and duality of experiences in life that can be [...]

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Iowa Stories 101: Iowa in the Jazz Age

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Join State Curator Leo Landis as he examines life in Iowa in the 1920s and early 1930s and various conflicts concerning music, dancing, immigration, evolution and race. He will discuss how these cultural clashes relate to longstanding trends in American society.

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Iowa History 101: When a Dream Dies

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Join Iowa State University Distinguished Professor of History Pamela Riney-Kehrberg as she presents research about the effects of the 1980s Farm Crisis on Iowa families and communities. She will discuss how a decade of stress challenged everyone involved in the business of agriculture. The online presentation is part of the “Iowa History 101” series offered [...]

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Iowa History Book Club: “The Sacred Cause of the Union”

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“The Sacred Cause of Union: Iowa and the Civil War” by Thomas Baker highlights Iowa’s role in reuniting the United States when the battle over slavery tore it asunder. This first-ever survey of the state’s Civil War history interweaves economics, politics, army recruitment, battlefield performance and government administration by spotlighting six Iowans from very different [...]

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Iowa History 101: “We Learned to do the Things That Rural Women Did”

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Join Jenny Barker-Devine, professor of history at Illinois College, to learn how Iowa farm women developed skills, forged friendships, and fostered community through extension homemakers clubs. Whether they canned vegetables or studied global politics, farm women worked through their clubs to improve conditions for Iowa's farm families. The online presentation is part of the “Iowa [...]

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Iowa History 101: Soldier Mob in Keokuk

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Join Stefan Lund, a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia, as he discusses an 1863 mob attack by Union soldiers on a Keokuk newspaper. He will examine similar examples of Civil War-era violence against the press throughout the Midwest, some of the ways that popular conceptions of loyalty and civic duty contributed to the [...]

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Iowa History 101: The Annals of Iowa

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Join Andrew Klumpp, editor of The Annals of Iowa, as he discusses how Iowa's longest-running history journal has chronicled the deeds, misdeeds and accomplishments of Iowans from the past. He'll discuss the journal's own 158-year history, its most popular and influential articles, and a few ways the journal will mark Iowa’s 175th anniversary. The online [...]

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Goldie’s Kids Club: Virtual Program with Disney Layout Artist Kendra Vander Vliet

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Join Goldie's Kids Club for a special summer art program with Kendra Vander Vliet, a layout artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios who grew up in Sheldon, Iowa. Kendra has worked on numerous Disney films and shorts including: "Frozen," "Feast," "Big Hero 6," "Zootopia," "Moana," "Olaf's Frozen Adventure," "Ralph Breaks the Internet," "Frozen 2," and [...]

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Iowa History 101: Forever Free/Underground Railroad

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Join Gale Brubaker, executive director of the West Des Moines Historical Society, as she discusses the Underground Railroad in Iowa with a focus on the historic Jordan House in West Des Moines. The presentation also will include insights from Ricki King, a genealogist and mentor for Forever Free, and university students who participated in the [...]

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