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I appreciate Jennifer Van Haaften's commentary about the State Historical Society of Iowa. However, the emotion I would associate with the transformation of the Iowa Historical Society is not excitement, but grief. Before further discussion on this, it is important to get the facts on the table.
This interesting discussion about state historical agencies has prompted me to respond with some thoughts. It would be nice to hear about Minnesota if anyone is on-line that could share. I recall sometime around 2002 Minnesota Historical Society was experiencing terrible cuts to their education departments. I think that was the year AAM was in St. Louis and I attended an EdCom breakfast where this was a topic.
The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant program for the 2016/2017 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.
I saw this same article circulating on Twitter as well. It reminded me that the Illinois State Museum was having troubles a couple months ago, too. I hunted around and found an update in which it looks like things have gotten worse. I'm sure that situation was pretty political to start with, but the latest news from a month seems especially bad.
Op-Ed in Des Moines Register explaining the threat to the State Historical Society of Iowa:
What would Benjamin Shambaugh do?
Tyler Priest, Department of History, University of Iowa
Myth, Memories, and the Midwest: Grant Wood and Beyond
October 28-29, 2016