Rich Tyler: Why Save an Old Barn?

Sawmill Museum, 2231 Grant St, Clinton, IA 52732, USA

Should we let them fall down? What is the real value of preserving our past? The example used in this presentation is the restoration of The Secrest 1883 Octagonal Barn. A story is told about how individuals and organizations rallied around Iowa farm history, to contribute to the saving of this barn. The barn is […]

Larry Stone: Gladys Black

Jester Park Lodge, 11121 NW Jester Park Dr, Granger, IA 50109, USA

Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird LadyThe late Gladys Black of Pleasantville was widely known throughout Iowa as a conservationist, educator and amateur expert on birds. Larry and co-author Jon Stravers have written a book about Gladys. Larry’s slide program acknowledges this colorful woman’s impact on so many Iowans.

Chad Timm: Working with the Enemy

CoWork591, 591 Young St, Jesup, IA 50648, 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 […]

Rosa Snyder: Off the Map

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

Off the Map: Stories of Abandoned and Disappearing Towns Around IowaThousands of towns and communities were established during Iowa’s pioneer and railroad era. In some instances, they were small towns built around the time of the height of a coal industry that just could not thrive while others supplemented the needs of the countless farmers, […]

Chad Timm: Working with the Enemy

New Hampton Public Library, 20 W Spring St, New Hampton, IA 50659, 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 […]

Tom Milligan: Cartoons & Conservation

First Presbyterian Church, 902 Main St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, USA

Cartoons & Conservation: A Visit with Ding DarlingIn this 45-minute presentation, Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits with the audience, as an old friend, in his 11th office at The Des Moines Register. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City where as a young boy where he became aware of the natural world around him while […]

Rosa Snyder: Off the Map

Woodward Public Library, 118 S Main St, Woodward, IA 50276, USA

Off the Map: Stories of Abandoned and Disappearing Towns Around IowaThousands of towns and communities were established during Iowa’s pioneer and railroad era. In some instances, they were small towns built around the time of the height of a coal industry that just could not thrive while others supplemented the needs of the countless farmers, […]

John Liepa: How Iowa Met Baseball

Lakin Library, Tabor, IA 51653, USA

Over the past century the setting for the spring passion of many Iowans has been the ballpark. This presentation explores the myths of baseball’s origins, the early history and evolution of the game, baseball’s journey to Iowa and the role of the Civil War in spreading its popularity. Audiences will learn about some of Iowa’s […]

Pete Grady: Unconditional Surrender

Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, 6000 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA 52807, 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 […]

John Liepa: How Iowa Met Baseball

Missouri Valley Library, 420 E Huron St, Missouri Valley, IA 51555, USA

How Iowa Met Baseball: the Myths, the History, the PlayersOver the past century the setting for the spring passion of many Iowans has been the ballpark. This presentation explores the myths of baseball’s origins, the early history and evolution of the game, baseball’s journey to Iowa and the role of the Civil War in spreading its […]

Jeffrey Stein: Where’s Floppy

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

Where’s Floppy? Celebrating an Iowa Television Icon(new in 2021)For 30 years, from 1957-1987, Duane Ellett and his puppet Floppy delighted audiences of all ages on WHO-TV in Des Moines and at the Iowa State Fair. Children would call out “Where’s Floppy?”—and ventriloquist Ellett would bring his alter ego to life. From cartoons to riddles (“Why […]