Good news! The Iowa History Center recently received a very special gift. Henry D. Wallace gave us an office chair which was used by his grandfather, Henry A. Wallace, while he served as Secretary of Agriculture, Vice President, and then Secretary of Commerce. The donation was facilitated by Karen “Kacie” Conner, a Simpson alumna, professor emerita at Drake University, and former Simpson trustee. And once the deal was consummated, Kacie and her husband, Gary Gerlach, picked up the chair for us in Scottsdale, Arizona, and shipped it to Simpson. We are looking forward to putting the chair on display after some necessary conservation work.
This spring we will focus on our world famous Iowa State Fair. We will be exhibiting photographer Kurt Ullrich’s new collection of beautiful black-and white-images of the fair, mid-February through March 2015 in the Kent Campus Center Gallery. These photos, along with some short essays, were published last summer in a book entitled The Iowa State Fair as part of our Iowa and the Midwest Experience book series, in partnership with the University of Iowa Press. Then on March 26, we will have Ullrich, architectural historian Tom Leslie, and historian Chris Rasmussen, who has a new cultural history of the fair coming out in our series in the summer 2015, present a program about the Iowa State Fair.
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