The State Historical Society of Iowa provides a variety of programs and events for adults to learn more about Iowa history including lectures, talks, tours, conferences, workshops and more.
Iowa History 101 Series
Join the State Historical Society of Iowa for an online series about Iowans of the past at work, home and play.
19th Amendment Centennial Celebration
American women started voting nationwide after the 19th Amendment kicked into effect on Aug. 26, 1920. A hundred years later, the State Historical Society of Iowa commemorates that milestone -- and the Iowans who marched toward it -- with a series of monthly programs and events through August.
Iowa History Month
Even as time marches forward, March is a time to look back. By proclamation of the governor, Iowans of all ages are invited to celebrate Iowa History Month in March with the State Historical Society of Iowa and partner organizations in every corner of the state.
History on the Rocks
Join us every few months for History on the Rocks, a night of history-themed activities, plus cocktails and appetizers at the State Historical Museum of Iowa.
- Upcoming History on the Rocks: Women of Woodland Cemetery - Thursday, April 23
History on the Move
Can't make it to Des Moines? Check out one of the State Historical Museum of Iowa's traveling exhibits and displays across the state.
Collections Vault Tours
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the museum cares for and stores thousands of artifacts. The hour-long walking tour will take you through the climate-controlled collection storage area. Tours are offered on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. for groups of 4 to 10 guests. Online registration for tours is required.
- Group Size: 4 – 10 (Please contact us for larger groups)
- Ages: 12 and up
- Cost: $10 per person