Author to Discuss Jefferson Highway at Sept 19 Iowa History Center Event

The Iowa History Center’s Speaker Series will begin the 2017-18 academic year on Sept. 19 with a presentation by Lyell Henry, who wrote, The Jefferson Highway: Blazing the Way from Winnipeg to New Orleans.

Henry’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in Hubbell Hall, on the second floor of the Kent Campus Center at Simpson College. The event is free and open to the public.

A meet-the-author reception will be held before the event, from 6-7 p.m. Henry’s book will be available for buying and signing. The public is also invited to the reception.

In the book, Henry tells the story of the first north-south transcontinental highway that crossed the United States through the Mississippi Valley. The highway, which opened in 1916 cut through Des Moines and Indianola, was largely the idea of Iowa publisher E.T. Meredith.

The Iowa History Center is one of many features that sets Simpson apart. The Center is committed to preserving and promoting the state’s history and encouraging a public conversation about the story of Iowa.

The Center’s mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of Iowa history among the state’s students, scholars and general public. A number of programs have been established to heighten public awareness and interest in Iowa history, expand educational opportunities in Iowa history and make this history more widely available.