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The BUS-eum History Tour: Insight from Yesterday’s Problems for Modern Solutions
July 1 - July 4Free
July 1, 2021 – July 4, 2021)]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A new kind of historical exhibit is traversing the American Heartland this summer. A mobile museum in a retrofitted school bus, the “BUS-eum,” offers insights into America’s present problems by revisiting parallel historical events. With first-person accounts of social issues of lasting relevance, presented against colorful backdrops, it features unique artifacts and evocative props. The “BUS-eum” highlights five significant themes from America’s history: the pandemic of 1918, anti-German hysteria during WWI, Prohibition-era bootlegging in rural America, the “Second Wave” of the Ku Klux Klan in the Midwest of the 1920s and farmer-led rebellions during the Great Depression. Born on a century farm in Northcentral Iowa, Director Dr. Michael Luick-Thrams has a Ph.D. from Humboldt Universität, Berlin. “By examining this shared heritage anew, we can see our origins and our possible fates in a new light: In seeking them, we might find us,” says Luick-Thrams. He splits his time between the United States and Germany. He also teaches at Universität Erfurt and directs “Haus der Spuren,” a museum in Thüringen’s Bad Langensalza, which focuses on US-German relations, 1933-48. Starting Thursday, the 1st of July the “BUS-eum” will be near you. It will be viewable at the Living History Farms located at 1121 Hickman Rd. Urbandale, Iowa from noon-4pm on Thursday then 9AM-4PM that Friday and Saturday. It will also be viewable that Sunday the 4th of July at Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting at 4211 Grand Ave Des Moines, Iowa. There, visitors can view exhibits and related videos. Throughout each showing, repeating programs explore “Prequels to the Greatest Generation,” five “Hidden or Forbidden” subchapters of 20th-century American social history. This non-profit, educational resource is made possible by on-going support from Vander Haag’s Inc. of Spencer, Iowa.
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Operations Coordinator, Kristine Zylstra-Tabke