David Connon: Josiah Bushnell Grinnell and the Iowa Underground Railroad

Greene County Historical Society, 219 E Lincoln Way, Jefferson, IA 50129, USA

“Preacher,” “congressman,” “negro-stealer”: Josiah Bushnell Grinnell was called all of those things during his life. He was called a negro-stealer because he participated in the Iowa Underground Railroad. J.B. Grinnell and other Grinnell residents helped at least 37 fugitive slaves who passed through their town before the Civil War. But some residents opposed this work. […]

Tom Milligan: Grant Wood, Prairie Rebel

Terrace Hill Historic Site, 2300 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312, USA

In 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 is the man […]

Free Screening: ‘Riding the Rails to Hero Street’

3000 N Fairmount St, Davenport, IA 52804, USA

Riding the Rails to Hero Street by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films will be presented on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library-Fairmount Street Branch, 3000 N Fairmount St., Davenport, Iowa. The program is free to the public and sponsored by the Davenport Civil Rights Commission and Davenport Public […]

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 […]