Iowa caucus history exhibit comes to Parks Library

Oct 13, 2016

First in the nation Iowa caucus history exhibitFirst in the Nation: Shaping Presidential Politics Since 1972 a display from the State Historical Museum of Iowa will be at Parks Library from Oct. 21 until Nov. 9, 2016. An important part of election cycles since 1972, the citizens of Iowa choose first in the caucus/primary process that leads to nominating and voting for the president of the United States.

?Every four years Iowans play a unique role in narrowing the field of presidential candidates,? State Historical Museum of Iowa Director Susan Kloewer said. ?I invite all Iowans to experience this exhibit that captures Iowa?s rich caucus history through stories, photographs and artifacts from the museum?s extensive political collection.?

The display will generate added interest in the 2016 election to be held on Nov. 8. It presents visitors with background information about the Iowa Caucuses including candidate visits to the state, caucus culture and caucus day. The display is rich with photos and artifacts from around the state: buttons from Edmund Muskie (1972), Ronald Reagan (1980), Jesse Jackson (1988), a Howard Dean T-shirt (2004) and a Tom Vilsack sticker (2008), among many others. Photos from past caucuses will run on a monitor as an additional part of the display.

The exhibit will be near the seating area inside the front doors and is available when Parks Library is open: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday; 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday ? Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p .m. Saturday.

For information, contact M. Monica Gillen at or 515-294-1442.