The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs invites Iowans of all ages to learn more about our state’s past throughout Iowa History Month in March. Every year, this statewide tradition offers new opportunities to learn more about Iowa’s past and the remarkable Iowans from all walks of life who have influenced their communities, their state, their country and, in many cases, the entire world.
The month features an array of in-person and online programs organized by the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Iowans and others can tune in to online presentations, take part in activities designed for families with children, discover materials in the new Iowa History Collection Catalog and take guided tours at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines.
This year, Iowans can also see a pop-up display about “Iowa’s People & Places,” which the state museum sent to all 99 counties to mark Iowa’s 175th anniversary of statehood. Across the state, schools, libraries, museums and other organizations are hosting their own history events to add to the month-long celebration.
Iowans are encouraged to post their own #IowaHistory stories, discoveries and events throughout the month on social media. Here are just a few ideas to get you started . . .