Mary Swander: Map of My Kingdom

Whiterock Conservancy, 1436 IA-141, Coon Rapids, IA 50058, USA

Map of my Kingdom and VangMary Swander will provide the cultural and historical contexts surrounding her plays Map of my Kingdom, a drama about farmland transition, and Vang, a drama about recent immigrant farmers. Swander will detail how she wrote both dramas and she why was compelled to take on these contemporary agricultural issues. Land access is a pressing problem for […]

Laura Musser McColm’s Garden Early 20th Century Japanese Gardens in the Midwest

Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave, Muscatine, IA 52761, USA

Research consultant, Beth Cody, author of the book, Gardens of the Past, will share her findings on the influences behind Laura Musser McColm's decision to have a Japanese-style garden installed in 1930.  Topics include: Japanese Gardens at World's Fairs, landscape designers who created early Japanese-style gardens in the Midwest, and the fate of many Japanese-style […]

ACRES UNEARTHED The Land in Transition: Hills & Valleys

Whiterock Conservancy, 1436 IA-141, Coon Rapids, IA 50058, USA

Inspired by the world premier of A Thousand Acres, this series of photographic exhibits, art shows, discussions, plays, book clubs and site-specific events will explore the themes and connections presented by the novel: patriarchy, the passing of land through family and the ties that bind us.Please visit dmmo.org/acres for more information, updates and events.

Chad Timm: Working with the Enemy

Bondurant Community Library, 104 2nd St NE, Bondurant, IA 50035, USA

Working with the Enemy: German, Italian and Japanese Prisoners of War in Iowa during the Second World WarAs part of a relatively quiet and under-publicized government program, thousands of enemy soldiers invaded Iowa in 1943. With the hugely successful 1942 Allied campaign against Adolf Hitler’s vaunted Afrika Corps in North Africa, the number of enemy […]

Chad Timm: Working with the Enemy

Indianola Activity Center, 2204 W 2nd Ave, Indianola, IA 50125, USA

Working with the Enemy: German, Italian and Japanese Prisoners of War in Iowa during the Second World WarAs part of a relatively quiet and under-publicized government program, thousands of enemy soldiers invaded Iowa in 1943. With the hugely successful 1942 Allied campaign against Adolf Hitler’s vaunted Afrika Corps in North Africa, the number of enemy […]

Pete Grady: Unconditional Surrender

Marcus Public Library, 106 N Locust St, Marcus, IA 51035, USA

Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant is a one-man show about the life and times of the Civil War General and 18th President of the United States. Pete Grady, the author and performer, has performed his show over 100 times at venues in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota, Colorado, and Arizona. Grady is fully […]

Wild Prairie Winds: Exploring themes of community in Music Composed in Iowa

Maquoketa Art Experience, 124 S Main St, Maquoketa, IA 52060, USA

 This lecture-recital series will feature performancesof four musical works composed in Iowa and a discussion of their social andhistorical context. Works include Quarantine Polka by W.F. Strong, AmericanQuartet by Antonin Dvorak (arr. for wind quintet) , Red Oak Suite by DavidCrowe, and a set of Canons written in 2021 by Clay Gonzalez. Wild Prairie Windsis a […]

Wild Prairie Winds: Exploring themes of community in Music Composed in Iowa

Cresco Public Library, 320 N Elm St, Cresco, IA 52136, USA

 This lecture-recital series will feature performancesof four musical works composed in Iowa and a discussion of their social andhistorical context. Works include Quarantine Polka by W.F. Strong, AmericanQuartet by Antonin Dvorak (arr. for wind quintet) , Red Oak Suite by DavidCrowe, and a set of Canons written in 2021 by Clay Gonzalez. Wild Prairie Windsis a […]

Wild Prairie Winds: Exploring themes of community in Music Composed in Iowa

Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W 11th St, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA

 This lecture-recital series will feature performancesof four musical works composed in Iowa and a discussion of their social andhistorical context. Works include Quarantine Polka by W.F. Strong, AmericanQuartet by Antonin Dvorak (arr. for wind quintet) , Red Oak Suite by DavidCrowe, and a set of Canons written in 2021 by Clay Gonzalez. Wild Prairie Windsis a […]

Jennifer Sterling: 6-on-6 Girls’ Basketball in Iowa

Hap Ketelsen Community Center, 203 N Main St, Everly, IA 51338, USA

6-on-6 Girl’s Basketball in Iowa: Traditions, Transitions, and LegaciesFor most of the 20th cenury, Iowa was known for its devotion to a unique form of women’s sport known as 6-on-6 girls’ basketball. As other states abandoned 6-on-6 in the 1970s, Iowa remained committed to this half-court game until 1993, when the final 6-player championship was […]