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Ceremony for New State Wide Traveling Exhibit
Ceremony for New State Wide Traveling Exhibit

A ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of a new State wide traveling exhibit is set to take place Tuesday the 12th of April at 11:30 a.m.

The traveling exhibit is titled “The Fiery Trial: Iowa and the Civil War” and was created to help provide both a visual and in depth look at Iowa’s participation in the civil war with first-hand accounts from soldiers, impacts of the war in Iowa, and the lasting effects it had on the state 100 years later during the Civil Rights movement.

The ceremony is being held in conjunction to the start of the Civil War, which began on the 12th of April, 1861. The ceremony is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the State Historical Building located at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines.

EMC Insurance Companies with help from the Union Pacific Foundation and Qwest are both contributing to the exhibit. Special guests to appear at the event include Governor Terry Branstad, Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Tiffany Cownie, EMC Insurance Companies Marketing Manager of Des Moines Tanya Wentzel, and song performances by Natalie Steenson.

The exhibit is part of the “History on the Move” educational outreach program. For booking information for “The Fiery Trail” please contact the State Historical Museum Chief Curator Michael Smith at (515) 281-3859 or by email at Michael.smith@iowa.gov. Booking fees include a $50 reservation and a $150 expense fee.


(Article written by Andrea Nelson intern WHO)

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