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.

CFP: Midwestern History Association

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Fourth Annual Midwestern History Conference

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Proposal Submission Deadline:

Friday, January 12, 2018 (non-negotiable)


The Midwestern History Association and the Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University invite proposals for papers to be delivered at the Fourth Annual Midwestern History Conference, to be held on June 6, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Meskwaki Art Symposium

On Saturday, January 6, the Meskwaki Art Symposium will be held at the Meskwaki Settlement in Iowa.

The Meskwaki Historic Preservation Department is sponsoring a symposium featuring Meskwaki art and artists from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 6. “We we ni to tti ki” or “Those who make beautiful things” offers a rare opportunity for tribal members and the general public to learn about traditional and contemporary Native artists. The event will be held at the Meskwaki Veterans Convention Center and the Red Earth Gardens. The program is free and open to the public.

Midwest and The Heart of Darkness

In case you're reading H-Midwest but you're not, for some reason, following us on Twitter, you are missing a great conversation on how the Midwest is studied and representated.  It begins with a new book that seems to treat the Midwest as America's Heart of Darkness and ends (currently) with a video preview of a soon to be released documentary about the Midwest. The documentary seems to take a more enlightened view.


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