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Location: Ames, Iowa
Farm House Museum: http://www.museums.iastate.edu/Farm%20House.html
Interior of the Clinton Public Library-Lyons; Clinton, Iowa
Courtesy of the Clinton Public Library
The Spring 2016 issue of the Annals of Iowa is now available.
In one feature article, Douglas Biggs, professor of history and associate dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Kearney, offers an account of the final years of the “Dinkey,” a street railway in Ames. He explains how the train went, in just a few years (1902–1907), from being the “pride of the community” to the “laughing rolling stock of the state.”
Op-Ed and letter to Governor Terry Branstad from 10 history department chairs at Iowa colleges and universities:
Associated Press story on misuse of funds by Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs leaders:
The situation in Iowa is depressing.
A larger problem. Most of us make archives and libraries our priority, but we are few in number. Historical societies depend on museum displays for crowds. To a lesser extent, university archives and special collections face a similar challenge. Often they are empty, almost never crowded.
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.