Programs & Workshops

    The State Historical Society of Iowa provides a variety of educational programs for schools, groups and individuals.

    History Alive!

    "History Alive!" is an interactive and multi-disciplinary program for students in upper elementary through high school and is offered in the fall and spring of each school year. The program highlights Iowa’s history in relation to larger history topics through dynamic programming, workshops and activities. "History Alive!" connects to the Iowa Core in many subject areas, but specifically to Social Studies and Literacy.

    Special Programs

    A variety of special programs are offered during spring, summer and winter school breaks. These programs highlight museum exhibitions, Historic Sites and other Iowa related topics.

    Spring Break Programs

    Date Program Time
    March 11 Family Film Day: "The Secret Life of Pets" 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    March 13 Ice Age in Iowa 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    March 14 Iowa and the Civil War 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    March 15 Iowa's Natural History 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    March 16 Action! Old Time Radio Show 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    March 17 Baseball: America's Pastime 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    March 18 The Kansas City Monarchs in Our Home Town 1:30 p.m.

    Young Writers Workshop

    The Young Writers Workshop is a week-long workshop for middle and high school students offered each summer. A nationally known young adult author works with students to hone and refine their writing skills in a creative environment. Students use the museum collection for ideas and inspiration and video chat with other young adult authors.

    Preserve Iowa Summit

    The Preserve Iowa Summit is the premier statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation in Iowa. Held at a different location in the state each year, this conference presents a range of educational sessions on preservation topics, tours, demonstrations and opportunities to network with fellow preservationists.