The State of Iowa was just 11 years old when some of its early residents had the foresight to create the State Historical Society of Iowa, in 1857. Even then, they recognized the value of Iowa history and wanted to safeguard it for generations to come.
So this month, we tip our hats not only to those pioneer founders but all of the Iowans who have carried on their legacy over the last 160 years. Join us on Jan. 28 for an open house at the SHSI Centennial Building in Iowa City, with refreshments, music, and brief talks about the trailblazing Iowa historian Benjamin Shambaugh (by Rebecca Conard at 1 p.m.), the history of Iowa labor (by Shelton Stromquist, at 2 p.m.), and a tiny Keokuk County ghost town called Hinkletown (by Bob Black and the banjo-plucking Banjoys, at 3 p.m.). While you’re there, check out a variety of small displays and mini-presentations throughout the day about historic photos (Paul Juhl), architectural plans (Roland Wehner), a World War II news clippings project (Joni Hindman) and more.
The library will be open for regular research from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.