From the Director

Wallace Chair in Matthew Simpson Room.

Wallace Chair in Matthew Simpson Room.

What a pleasure it is to share good news for the Center and Iowa history in general.

Henry A. Wallace Chair

Our Henry A. Wallace Chair is now restored and on display in the Matthew Simpson Room in College Hall here on the Simpson campus.  It was one of three cabinet chairs Henry Wallace used while serving as Secretary of Agriculture, Vice President, and Secretary of Commerce from 1933 to 1946.  The chair was a gift of Wallace's grandson, Henry D. Wallace.  Simpson alumna Karen “Kacie” Conner ’69 and her husband Gary Gerlach funded its restoration.


Grants and Gifts 

The Iowa History Center is delighted to announce that it received a $25,000 grant from the Fred Maytag Family Foundation. The grant will be used to support our field trip program, originally begun with a gift from Simpson alumnus, Chuck Brodersen ’57.  The program funds Iowa history-oriented field trips for K-12 students across the state.  We are also grateful for a generous gift from Jim and Ellen Hubbell, designated to support the Center generally.  We rely on such contributions and grants to maintain the Center and our programming.  Thank you!



Congratulations to the State Historical Museum of Iowa staff, which recently received a Leadership in History Award from the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) for its “First in the Nation: Shaping Presidential Politics Since 1972” exhibit on the Iowa Caucuses.  The award is the AASLH’s most prestigious recognition for achievement in preservation and interpretation of state and local history.  Don’t miss the fine exhibit, on display at the State Historical Museum in downtown Des Moines.  Note that Tim Wilson, who was with us at the Iowa History Center last year, worked on the exhibit while serving as an intern at the museum.


The Iowa History Advisory Council

The Iowa History Advisory Council, a statewide panel convened by the Iowa Department of Education, on which I had the pleasure to serve, issued a report in early September calling for a much greater emphasis on Iowa history.  Recommendations include the development of Iowa history curriculum materials for K-12 schools and encouragement for the state’s colleges and universities to teach Iowa history.  New social studies standards currently being drafted by the Iowa Department of Education will include elements of Iowa history.

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