David Connon: Iowans Who Fought Against the Union

220 Ohio St, Webster City, IA 50595, USA

Most Iowans think that the state was solidly pro-Union during the Civil War. After all, some 76,500 residents fought for the North. In reality, Iowa Democrats formed a spectrum of dissent. The majority of Democrats opposed abolishing slavery (and yet favored the Union war effort); the minority sympathized with the South. Out of this group, […]

John Liepa: Iowa’s Ethnic Heritage

Trostel's Greenbriar, 5810 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, USA

Iowa’s Ethnic Heritage: A Brief HistoryEnjoy the unfolding adventure of Iowa’s immigration history. From Native Americans to Spanish explorers and French trappers and traders; to German, Irish and English groups; to more recent arrivals including Sudanese, Bosians and Burmese — Iowa has had a long, rich ethnic heritage. Follow chronologically as our immigrant ancestors chose to leave […]

Jeff Stein: From the Battlefront to the Homefront

Eldora Public Library, 1202 10th St, Eldora, IA 50627, USA

From the Battlefront to the Homefront: Iowa Broadcasters Go To WarThe bravery of American military members has been well-documented, often due to the unique reporting done by Iowa-based broadcasters on the scene. This presentation includes segments from a documentary by the same name, featuring vintage broadcasts and interviews with the journalists who covered conflicts from […]

Abby Dubisar: First Lady of the Farm

Bricker-Price Block, 105 S Chestnut Ave, Earlham, IA 50072, USA

This presentation draws upon the lifework of Ruth Buxton Sayre, known during her lifetime as “First Lady of the Farm.” An Iowa native, Sayre was appointed to President Eisenhower’s agricultural policy committee and served as the president of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), among many civic roles. This presentation illustrates how Sayre […]

Sara Maniscalco Robinson: Hear Iowa Veteran’s Stories in Their Own Words

Blakesburg Christian Church, 203 W Oak St, Blakesburg, IA 52536, USA

Surviving a Prisoner or War (POW) Camp, describing the sight, sounds and smells of Vietnam, feeling the bitter cold of a Korean winter. Sara has heard them all and wants to share these amazing first-hand accounts with you. No one speaks better about the experiences of war than the veterans themselves. Sara preserves these stories […]

Sara Maniscalco Robinson: Hear Iowa Veteran’s Stories In Their Own Words

Bricker-Price Block, 105 S Chestnut Ave, Earlham, IA 50072, USA

Surviving a Prisoner or War (POW) Camp, describing the sight, sounds and smells of Vietnam, feeling the bitter cold of a Korean winter. Sara has heard them all and wants to share these amazing first-hand accounts with you. No one speaks better about the experiences of war than the veterans themselves. Sara preserves these stories […]

Rudy Daniels: Trains Across Iowa

Correctionville Community Center, 312 Driftwood St, Correctionville, IA 51016, USA

Rudy Daniels describes the past, present and future of the Hawkeye State’s railroads. The program explores Iowa’s unique position in the construction of the first transcontinental railroad and Iowa’s great contribution to railroad safety. The talk also describes the famous streamliners that rode Iowa’s rails. All aboard for an Iowa rail adventure! Additional resources: Tales […]

Sara Maniscalco Robinson: Iowa Veteran’s Perspective

Newell Public Library, 205 E 2nd St, Newell, IA 50568, USA

Hear Iowa Veteran’s Stories In Their Own WordsSurviving a Prisoner or War (POW) Camp, describing the sight, sounds and smells of Vietnam, feeling the bitter cold of a Korean winter. Sara has heard them all and wants to share these amazing first-hand accounts with you. No one speaks better about the experiences of war than […]

Tom Milligan: Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel

Lakin Library, Tabor, IA 51653, USA

Grant Wood: Prairie RebelIn this 45-minute, one-man show, Grant Wood chats with the audience as if talking to an old friend across the backyard fence, or maybe at his home at Five Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids. He tells us about his life and how he changed the art world forever with his work. It […]