Programs & Workshops
The State Historical Society of Iowa provides a variety of educational programs for schools, groups and individuals.
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.
Celebrate Iowa history this summer with the an array of “Iowa History 101” programs at the State Historical Museum of Iowa. Have fun – and learn a few things while you’re at it – while listening to stories, making artwork, tracking down clues on a scavenger hunt, and so much more. On June 10, the Summer School Lectures Series begins for older youth and adults.
Summer Family Programs
|June 7||Goldie Takes Flight with Storytime at 2:00 p.m.||1:00-3:00 p.m.|
|June 21||Iowa 101: Iowans in Portrait with Storytime at 2:00 p.m.||1:00-3:00 p.m.|
|July 5||Iowa 101: Celebrating Iowa and the Arts with Storytime at 2:00 p.m.||12:00-3:30 p.m.|
|July 19||Iowa 101: Iowans at Home with Storytime at 2:00 p.m.||1:00-3:00 p.m.|
|August 2||Iowa 101: Iowans and Food||1:00-3:00 p.m.|
Summer School Lecture Series
|June 10||Exploring the Great Midwest: Iowa's Hidden Treasures||1:30 p.m.|
|July 22||Iowa's Misbehaving Women||1:30 p.m.|
|August 5||History of Iowa Food Culture||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.
"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.
- The next History Alive program will take place in the fall of 2017.
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.
- June 8-10 - Preserve Iowa Summit: Mining the Past