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Iowa History 101 RV on Levee in LeClaire, Iowa
May 26 - May 30
May 26, 27, 29, 30, 10am-4pm; May 28, Noon-4pm: Iowa History 101 RV on the Levee in LeClaire. The State Historical Society of Iowa’s new “Iowa History 101” mobile museum is a bright blue, custom-built Winnebago that travels the state’s highways and back roads to share stories from the past. The museum on wheels currently houses a 300-square-foot exhibition called “Iowa History 101” and is filled with artifacts from the State Historical Society’s collection. Like a visit to your grandparents’ attic, the exhibition unpacks stories of Iowa’s past with nearly 50 artifacts, including:
- A battered hat from a coal miner in Boone
- A 1917 prototype of the state flag designed by Dixie Cornell Gebhardt of Knoxville
- The pen Gov. William Harding used to sign the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote
- A basketball jersey Lynne Lorenzen wore during her glory days at Ventura High School
- An Olympic medal from sprinter Natasha Kaiser-Brown of Des Moines
- A patch from a spacesuit worn by astronaut Peggy Whitson of Beaconsfield
As a bonus, Mike Wolfe, the creator and star of the hit television series “American Pickers,” lent his voice and video talents to the exhibition’s multimedia elements. A native of LeClaire, Wolfe has a long-standing interest in history and a knack for using artifacts to unlock its stories.
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