The James W. Hubbell Jr. and Helen H. Hubbell Foundation has announced a $125,000 gift to the Iowa History Center at Simpson College.
The gift will support the center’s Speaker Series, said William Friedricks, the center’s director and a professor of history at Simpson.
“The Hubbells have been such a significant part of Iowa history; it is especially gratifying that the family has chosen to support the Iowa History Center Speaker Series with such a generous gift,” Friedricks said. “The funds make big events possible. We’re already working on some exciting programs for next year.”
The Iowa History Center at Simpson was founded in 2006 to address serious deficiencies in the preserving, teaching and recording of the state’s history.
The Iowa History Speaker Series presents important programs about Iowa and the Midwest. Past speakers have included nationally acclaimed authors Mildred Kalish, William Taubman, Steve Biel, Nick Reding, editorial cartoonist Brian Duffy and former Iowa Gov. Robert Ray.
“This is a generous and important gift,” said Simpson President John Byrd. “It will allow the Iowa History Center to continue to tell the great story of Iowa. We are very grateful to the Hubbell familyand to the Hubbell Foundation for their support.”