Speakers 2011-2012

Main Street Library

Wayne Wiegand, author of Main Street Public Library, spoke about the role of libraries in the Midwest from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries.

"In his study of four emblematic public libraries, Wiegand challenges both traditional perceptions and professional rhetoric about the role of libraries in small-town communities."                                                                                           --University of Iowa Press


Iowa and the Civil War





Simpson History Professor Nick Proctor spoke on Iowa and the Civil War, citing letters written to and by Iowa soldiers, at a reception for the State Historical Society of Iowa’s traveling exhibit, “The Fiery Trial: Iowa and the Civil War”.

2012 Presidential Race and Iowa Caucuses




Kathie Obradovich, political columnist of the Des Moines Register; Dennis Goldford, political scientist at Drake; and John Skipper of the Mason County Globe Gazette analyzed the 2012 presidential race and the Iowa Caucuses.

Brian Duffy and the Iowa Landscape

Old Hogback


Renowned editorial cartoonist Brian Duffy exhibited a collection of his watercolors depicting the Iowa landscape. Duffy is often inspired while while riding his bike throughout the countryside.

Blindness in Iowa



Karen Keninger talked about important historical events related to blindness in Iowa, the role of Iowans as leaders in the national civil rights movement for the blind, and recounted her personal experience as a blind person growing up in Iowa.


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