Leave Your LegaCY: Iowa State treasures on display, Friday, Oct. 28

Sep 28, 2016

October is American Archives MonthOctober is American Archives Month, a time to highlight the importance of preserving history and to be specific, the history of Iowa State University. The Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) department has?activities and events planned.

SCUA plans a Homecoming event from 1-4 p.m., Friday,?Oct. 28, in 405?Parks Library. A variety of Iowa State treasures that?document university history will be on display including a freshman beanie and Jack Trice's letter. Watch for special acknowledgement of the classes of 1965 and 1966.

SCUA is co-sponsoring Liz Garst?s presentation ?Corn and Khrushchev: A Brief History of Iowa Agriculture,? which will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, in the Sun Room at the ISU Memorial Union. Liz, the granddaughter of the Iowa farmers and citizen diplomats Roswell and Elizabeth Garst, will share history of Midwest agriculture as told through the life of her grandfather. The Garst family hosted Nikita and Nina Khrushchev during their 1959 visit to Iowa. Roswell Garst?s and the Garst Family Papers are housed in SCUA. Lecture co-sponsors include Humanities Iowa, Silos & Smokestacks, Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government), and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

Liz Garst manages banking and farming interests for the Garst family and is a board member and volunteer for Whiterock Conservancy, a non-profit land trust near Coon Rapids dedicated to finding balance between agriculture, the environment and people.

On Oct. 5, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. SCUA is participating so take this opportunity to engage with your local archivists and ask questions about archives. Tweet a question and include hashtag #AskAnArchivist and SCUA?s Twitter handle @ISU_Archives (e.g., ?Why are archives important? #AskAnArchivist @ISU_Archives?).

For additional information, contact Outreach Archivist Rachel Seale at rmseale@iastate.edu or call 515-294-5311.