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“Iowa History 101” display bus at the Bell Tower Festival

June 8 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Greene County Iowa Historical Society is hosting the “Iowa History 101” mobile resource — a very big history bus — at this year’s Bell Tower Festival in Jefferson.  This resource is provided by the State Historical Museum of Iowa and is visiting all 99 counties. It will be at the festival here on June 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. parked adjacent to Thomas Jefferson Memorial Gardens on E. Lincoln Way.

“This exhibition shares some of the essential stories that every Iowan should know about who we are and what we’ve achieved since Iowa became a state more than 170 years ago,” State Historical Society of Iowa Administrator Susan Kloewer said. “So we’re delighted to bring this traveling exhibition, and we encourage all Iowans to learn about our state’s rich heritage.”

The “Iowa History 101” display bus

Like a visit to your grandparents’ attic, the exhibition unpacks stories of Iowa’s past with nearly 50 artifacts, including:

• A battered hat from a coal miner in Marion County.
• A 1917 prototype of the state flag designed by Dixie Cornell Gebhardt of Knoxville.
• The pen Gov. William Harding used to sign the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
• A basketball jersey Lynne Lorenzen wore during her glory days at Ventura High School.
• An Olympic medal from sprinter Natasha Kaiser-Brown of Des Moines.
• A patch from a spacesuit worn by astronaut Peggy Whitson of Beaconsfield.

As a bonus, Mike Wolfe, the creator and star of the hit television series “American Pickers,” lent his voice and video talents to the exhibition’s multimedia elements.

Admission is free.

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Date:
June 8
Time:
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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There have been three courthouses built where the Greene County Courthouse stands today.  Ground was broken on the current courthouse in November of 1915, the cornerstone was set in May 1916 and the new building was dedicated in October of 1917. The centennial celebration of the courthouse is already underway, with events being planned by the “Courthouse 100” committee, with support from the Greene County Historical Society.  You can learn more about the courthouse history and the celebration plans on the Facebook page “Courthouse 100: Greene County, Iowa.”

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