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
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”.
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.
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.
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 .