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Living History Farms – Urbandale, Iowa

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Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, tells the amazing story of how Iowans transformed the fertile prairies of the Midwest into the most productive farmland in the world. The interactive outdoor museum will bring back memories for some, teach others … [Read more...]

Hurstville Interpretive Center – Maquoketa, Iowa


The Hurstville Interpretive Center offers visitors a chance to explore natural resources at their leisure. Step inside to better understand the story behind our natural and historic resources through the many exhibits. Enjoy the beauty of nature as you … [Read more...]

Metro Arts EXPO 2011 – Des Moines, Iowa

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The 23rd annual Metro Arts EXPO will be Nov. 3rd through the 5th at Capital Square downtown. This year’s juried event is more exciting than ever, featuring 100 local, regional and national artists showing and selling their works, plus kids’ hands-on art … [Read more...]

The Gallup House – Jefferson, Iowa

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THE GALLUP HOUSE A PLACE TO GATHER The George Gallup House is the birthplace and boyhood home of Dr. George Gallup, the pioneer of public opinion polling. Located in Jefferson, Iowa, the house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, … [Read more...]

Heritage Hall

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A small museum dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of the history of Slater, Iowa and the surrounding area. Included are displays on farming, local businesses (such as the office of a dentist in the early 1900s!) and genealogy resources. … [Read more...]

Story’s Fairview Cemetery Walk, Story City Iowa

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Story City Historical Society is presenting Fairview Cemetery Walk. Eleven former residents will be portrayed near their resting place in the cemetery. Costumed characters will tell the story of how each person contributed to the community. … [Read more...]

National Balloon Classic – Indianola, Iowa

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The National Balloon Classic is the 2nd oldest and 2nd largest 9 day hot air balloon festival in the United States. The dates for the 2010 Classic are July 30 - August 7. We will have 100 hot air balloons filling the skies around Indianola and Warren … [Read more...]

The Christian Petersen Art Museum – Ames, Iowa (ISU)

The Christian Petersen Art Museum - Ames, Iowa (ISU) This is a new museum on campus.  You will certainly want to visit to see the great works created by numerous talented artists and named for the nations first permanent campus … [Read more...]

Bill of Rights – Montezuma, Iowa

  Bill of Rights - Montezuma, Iowa Just a few steps from the entrance of the Poweshiek County Courthouse there is a monument to the first 10 amendments to the U. S. Constitution.  It is the FIRST Bill of Rights monument in the nation. … [Read more...]

Salisbury Automobile Classic – Des Moines, Iowa

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  Salisbury Automobile Classic - Des Moines, Iowa We see cars everyday, cars on the interstate, cars in the parking lot and cars in the drive-thru. So what’s so special about going to see cars on one particular weekend? What’s so special about being up … [Read more...]