History of Photography in Iowa

Please join us in the Senate Chamber at Old Capitol at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018, to hear a lecture on the History of Photography in Iowa, showcasing many images from the collections of the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Old Capitol Museum, in conjunction with the Department of History and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will host a lecture by CLAS Alumni Fellow Mary Bennett (BA '76, MA ’85, History), Special Collections Coordinator at the State Historical Society of Iowa—Iowa City.

Winter 2018 Issue of The Annals of Iowa Now Available

The Winter 2018 issue of The Annals of Iowa is now available. 

In one feature article, PAUL EMORY PUTZ, a doctoral candidate in history at Baylor Uni­versity, shows how, from 1908 to 1916, evangelical Protestant religious leaders in Des Moines organized and engaged in local elections under the Des Moines Plan’s commission form of government because they believed that they were uniquely equipped to provide the moral impulse for an otherwise materialistic city-boosting movement.

Meskwaki Art and Culture Symposium

"We we ni to tti ki" or "Those who make beautiful things" is the title of the upcoming Meskwaki Art and Culture Symposium to be held on Monday, October 9. This free event will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Meskwaki Veterans Convention Center and Red Earth Gardens at the Meskwaki Settlement in Tama County, Iowa. Join in this celebration of Meskwaki art and artists on Indigenous People’s Day.

Summer 2017 issue of The Annals of Iowa now available

The Summer 2017 issue of The Annals of Iowa is now available. 

In one feature article, Jeff Bremer, associate professor of history at Iowa State Uni­ver­sity, describes how settlers in early Iowa—far from being the self-sufficient farmers of frontier myth—participated in the expanding market system of the United States from the very beginning of the settlement process. 

State Historical Society of Iowa Research Grants

The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant pro­gram for the 2017/2018 academic year. SHSI will award up to ten stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpre­tive writing re­lated to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Preference will be given to applicants proposing to pursue previ­ously ne­glected topics or new approaches to or inter­pretations of pre­viously treated topics. SHSI invites appli­cants from a variety of backgrounds, including aca­demic and public historians, graduate students, and indepen­dent re­searchers and writers.

History for Lunch at State Historical Society of Iowa

Please join us at noon on Thursday, December 8, when Thomas R. Baker will discuss “Going Local: How New Research on Individual States is Shaping Our Understanding of the Civil War” at the State Historical Society of Iowa, Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City. The program is free and open to the public.

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