See artifacts and learn about Iowa on free tour of Iowa History 101.

Mar 22, 2017

History 101 RVThe State Historical Museum of Iowa has a mobile museum and it?s coming to Iowa State University. Plan to be on campus outside Parks Library and take a free tour 3-5 p.m., Mon., March 27 and 8 a.m. ? 5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., March 28-31.

The State Historical Society of Iowa's new "Iowa History 101" mobile museum is a 38-foot, custom-built Winnebago that travels the state's highways and back roads to share stories from the past. The?roving museum houses a 300-square-foot exhibition called "Iowa History 101" and is filled with artifacts from the State Historical Society's collection.

"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 to Ames and Story County and we?encourage all Iowans to learn about our state's rich?heritage."

The exhibition presents stories of Iowa's past with nearly 50 artifacts:

  • A battered hat from a coal miner in Boone?
  • 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?

In the multimedia components of the exhibition, visitors will hear and see Mike Wolfe, the creator and star of the hit series ?American Pickers.? Wolfe, a native of Le Claire, is a history buff with a flair for understanding the artifacts and stories of the past.

The traveling exhibition, one of a trio of ?Iowa History 101? shows, is?sponsored by EMC Insurance Companies, Casey's General Stores and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Visitors to the State Historical Museum in Des Moines will find a traditional museum exhibition, plus an interactive Hands-On History gallery designed for children.

Follow the RV's three-year, 99-county journey on Facebook at? More information is available at? 515-281-5111.

For information about the mobile museum stop on campus, contact Monica Gillen or Jodi Hilleman.