From the Director

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Iowa Realty agents and staff enjoying statue during recent company retreat at Simpson College.

“God Bless America,” Seward Johnson’s American Gothic-inspired statue, is still here.  We were fortunate to get an extension, and the statue will be on display through March.  Photographs do not do it justice; it is one of those things that must be seen in person.  The 25-foot, 30,000 pound sculpture is located across C Street from the Kent Campus Center.   

Don’t miss this last opportunity to see the giant version of Iowa’s favorite couple.  Exhibiting the statue has been made possible through the generous financial support of the James W. Hubbell Jr. and Helen H. Hubbell Foundation and the State Historical Society, Inc.

And more good news:  The Iowa History Center is getting new office space.  Although we were founded in 2006, we’ve operated out of a couple of shared spaces and never had an office to call our own. 

Now that the Cowles/Carse Fitness Center is open, the Iowa History Center will be moving into Mary Berry 111, which had been used by the Sports Science and Health Education Department.  We’ve spent the fall raising money to remodel and outfit the space.  Gifts include over $6,000 in private donations and a grant of $4,775 from the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership, which will be used to furnish and outfit the new Center.  Work on the Center’s new office will begin soon and should be completed late in the semester. 

As always, we are interested in hearing from you.  Please send you comments and suggestions to us.

Bill Friedricks
Director, Iowa History Center

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