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On July 1, 2015, H-Net Council voted to decommission H-Iowa and several other networks dedicated to the study of the history and culture of Midwestern US states, due to lack of activity. Council also approved a plan to create a new network, H-Midwest, dedicated to Midwestern Studies. Subscribers to H-Iowa will be automatically merged into H-Midwest when it is created.
Midwestern Studies is a relatively new and growing field with much infrastructure still to be built. H-Midwest is an exciting opportunity for H-Net and scholars of Midwestern Studies to help build this significant new
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