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A publication of Humanities Iowa  • Fall 2011

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HI Board of Directors President

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Speakers Bureau Update

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Poet Laureate Endowment

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Mary Swander

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Poet Laureate Information

Jeff Heland, Burlington

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New HI Board Members

Fiona Valentine, Sioux City

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HI President Tim Johnson

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Events

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Grants

Tim Johnson, Washington

Vice-President

Barb O’Hea, Peosta vol. xiv no.

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Voices from the Prairie

is published three times a year and distributed to the friends of Humanities Iowa and interested Iowans. To subscribe please contact us: NEW ADDRESS! Humanities Iowa

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Mission Statement

The mission of Humanities Iowa is to promote understanding and appreciation of the people, communities, cultures, and stories of importance to Iowa and the nation.

Humanities Iowa is a nonprofit organization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Secretary

Sue Cosner, Panora

Treasurer

Past President

Directors George Barlow, Grinnell Graciela Caneiro-Livingston, Dubuque Thomas Dean, Iowa City Mark Felderman, Chariton Kate Gronstal, Council Bluffs Ken Lyftogt, Cedar Falls Sam Mulgrew, Peosta Sally Phelps, Spencer Dick Ramsay, Spirit Lake Mariana Sandquist, Johnston Linda Shenk, Ames Steve Siegel, Ottumwa Dorothy Simpson-Taylor, Waterloo Rosemarie Ward, Okoboji

HI Staff Christopher Rossi, Executive Director c-rossi@uiowa.edu Heather Plucar, Administrative/ Development Officer heather-plucar@uiowa.edu Cheryl Walsh, Grants Director cheryl-walsh@uiowa.edu Steven Semken, Voices from the Prairie, editor steven-semken@uiowa.edu

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Follow Humanities Iowa like never before! Join us on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube. It’s easy: Get tweets on events and news @ twitter.com/humanitiesiowa View our Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/humanitiesiowa Check out our UNESCO City of Literature author interview partnership and other HI events on YouTube @ www.youtube.com/humanitiesiowa And of course find news and information on speakers, library programs, and other ways to get involved with Humanities Iowa on our home page @ www.humanitiesiowa.org About the Cover: David Plowden, born October 9, 1932, is an American photographer known for his historical documentary photography of urban cities, steam trains, American farmlands, and small towns. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1968. Join other Iowans and support Humanities Iowa!


Two New Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau Members Liz Garst

is the granddaughter of the famous Iowa farmers and citizen diplomats Roswell and Elizabeth Garst, and like her forebears, she likes to tell a good story. She manages banking and farming interests for the Garst family, and has a BA in English literature, an MS in agricultural economics and an MBA. She is a board member and volunteer for Whiterock Conservancy, a non-profit land trust near Coon Rapids, Iowa, which is dedicated to finding balance between agriculture, the environment, and people. Whiterock Conservancy stewards the Roswell and Elizabeth Garst Farmstead, which is listed as nationally significant on the National Register of Historic Places.

•PEACE THROUGH CORN

The Garst Family has deep roots in the history of Iowa. Using her family experience in Coon Rapids, Ms. Garst recounts the history of agricultural development in Iowa, from early settlement through the fabulous mid-century explosion of farm productivity, based on the hybrid seeds, machinery, fertilizers, and livestock technologies promoted by her grandfather. Ms. Garst tells how it came to pass that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his family visited the Garst family in 1959, and recalls fun stories from her personal memories as an eight-year-old participant. Imbedded in the entertaining story are history and economics lessons and a powerful message about the ability of an individual to make a difference. h

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Scott Cawelti

was born and raised in Cedar Falls. He attended the University of Northern Iowa, graduating with a vocal music education degree in 1965, an MA in English in 1968, and a PhD in modern letters from the University of Iowa in 1978. Dr. Cawelti taught at UNI from 1968 to 2008. During his career Dr. Cawelti taught numerous writing, film, and literature courses, as well as American Civilization (collaborating with three other faculty on a humanities “cluster course,” consisting of Humanities II, American Civilization, Expository Writing, and Oral Communication). He has published two writing textbooks and edited The Complete Poetry of James Hearst, (University of Iowa, 2001). His examination of the Mark Murders, Brother’s Blood: A Heartland Cain and Abel (Ice Cube Press), was published in September, 2011. Dr. Cawelti retired in 2008, but continues writing, leading discussions, and offering musical presentations. He is married with two children. For a preview of his performance you can watch him on YouTube, search: Cawelti.

•Landscape Iowa: Poems of

James Hearst, Sung Cawelti explores the life and poetry of Iowa farmerpoet James Hearst, having been Hearst’s student and colleague from 1968 through Hearst’s death in 1983. Cawelti performs several of Hearst’s poems he has set to music, accompanying himself on acoustic steel-string guitar, including: “Forsythia,” “Green Voice,” “Hog Economy,” “Landscape Iowa,” “Orchard Man,” “Snake in the Strawberries,” “The Movers,” “What is a Cow?” and “Who, Who?” h 3


Opportunity To Strengthen Poetry in Iowa Iowa Poet Laureate Enhancement Fund Humanities Iowa needs your help to enhance the outreach and programming provided by Iowa’s poet laureate. Humanities Iowa understands how important your donation is and has established the Iowa Poet Laureate Enhancement Fund, which will match one dollar for every two donated up to $10,000. The Iowa poet laureate is a two-year renewable appointment sponsored primarily by Humanities Iowa. Established in 2002, it recognizes the importance of poetry in the cultural life of Iowa and honors Iowa poets who have achieved exceptional distinction. The role of the Iowa poet laureate is to celebrate the history, heritage, and people of Iowa through the medium of poetry. Just as visual artists like Grant Wood and Marvin Cone gave powerful expression to the residents and landscapes of the state, so poets use their special, intense literary art to capture the cultural richness of Iowa. Forty states have an official state poet laureate. In Iowa, the laureate delivers poems at official Iowa events at the invitation of the Governor. The Iowa poet laureate also creates, presents, and is an ambassador for poetry in Iowa and elsewhere. The laureate is selected by a special committee comprising six persons appointed by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Humanities Iowa. There have been three Iowa poets laureate: Marvin Bell, the Flannery O’Connor Professor of Letters at the University of Iowa; Robert Dana, professor of English and poet-in-residence at Cornell College; and the current laureate, Mary Swander,

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Iowa’s first poet laureate, Marvin Bell (left) and Robert Dana (right), Iowa’s second poet laureate.

Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. Swander published a book of poetry in 2009, The Girls on the Roof, which was based on her journalistic work during the Iowa floods of 1993. The personal accounts of flood victims formed the basis for the collection and helped earn her the title of poet laureate. At present, the position of Iowa poet laureate is strictly honorary and receives no stipend. This limits the extent of poetry outreach and advocacy that the laureate can perform. Humanities Iowa seeks gifts to support, strengthen, and extend the activities of the poet laureate. Your donation will support programs such as readings, workshops and performances in public libraries, schools, retirement communities, and hospitals, among many others. See page five for examples of the great work our current poet laureate has done. Humanities Iowa welcomes gifts of all kinds and at all levels to expand the impact of the poet laureate position in the cultural life of the state. By contributing to the Iowa Poet Laureate Enhancement Fund, you’ll be recognized as a donor. You’ll also enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that your generosity is promoting poetry and creative writing throughout the state of Iowa. Your tax-deductible donations can be made via check and mailed to Humanities Iowa, 100 Library Room 4039, Iowa City, IA 52442 or via credit card through our secure website www.humanitiesiowa.org. Thank you for your support! h Join other Iowans and support Humanities Iowa!


Highlights of Mary Swander’s poet laureate work from 2009 to 2011. 1. Toured the state of Iowa giving readings, keynotes, workshops, performances, and panels in public libraries, schools, community colleges, colleges and universities, retirement communities, prisons, hospitals, museums, and other sites. 2. Interviewed and provided commentaries on numerous radio and TV stations throughout the state. 3. Created Iowa tour for Irish poets Seamus Cashman and Joan McBreen (nine readings throughout the state in five days, including Erin Fest at Terrace Hill). Toured Ireland on a coast-to-coast book tour. Served as UNESCO City of Literature ambassador to Dublin. Created four-city book tour for Irish poet Nell Regan. 4. Worked with State Historical Society and Iowa International Center to create an annual International Night Celebration of writers/musicians/dancers for diverse countries throughout the world. Caribbean Night pending. 5. Worked with Iowa Arts Council on Poetry Out Loud contests and camps. 6. Worked with Grinnell Art Barn to fund and establish artist residencies. 7. Developed a website (www.iowalit.com) for anyone in the state to post creative writing and receive peer feedback. 8. Developed and funded a free online creative writing course at Iowa State University for persons with disabilities. 9. Worked with the Iowa Department of the Blind to make poetry more accessible to the blind. Created two “More than Words” performances with the Department of the Blind, Des Moines Art Museum, and Iowa State University students. 10. Co-organizer of Poet Laureates United, a national organization of the state poets laureate who sponsored a conference in Lawrence, KS, spring 2011, and put out an anthology of state poets laureate, An Endless Skyway, with Iowa publisher, Ice Cube Press. 11. Co-founded and directed AgArts: an organization to explore the intersection of the arts and agriculture (www.agarts.eserver.org). Organized readings, panel discussions, exhibits, and Local Wonders fund raising event to fund grants in the arts and agriculture and strengthen local communities and culture sheds. www.humanitiesiowa.org

Conversation with Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander

What is the most rewarding part of being the Iowa poet laureate? The most rewarding part of the position is traveling around the state and meeting all the diverse groups of people who are interested in and actively engaged on the local level in the literary arts.

What would surprise people to know about being the Iowa poet laureate? That it isn’t a paid position.

How will having an enhancement fund for the Iowa poet laureate help? It will allow the poet laureate to launch projects that will enhance the arts in Iowa.

How can people learn to integrate poetry in to their lives? People can become active in their local libraries, communities, and schools in the literary arts. Fortunately, poetry doesn’t cost much money. Go to your local library, check out a book of poetry, read it, read it out loud to your children, family, and friends. Form a poetry book club, buy poetry, and read a different book each month. Go to readings of poets at your local bookstores, schools, and libraries. Sing songs. Write poems and post them to the website I set up for the state: www.iowalit.com continued on page 8 5


From Maggie Kyrie from The Girls on the Roof by Mary Swander: Every triumph arises from the muck, the deep dark muddy river bottom. Every victory starts in a tree on a chilly wet night. Lord have mercy. Let us shift our eyes from the bark, and know how much more there is to love. Christ have mercy. Let us drop down on the roof with a different step. Not with the weight of the waterlogged shoe. Not with the thud of the worn and weary. But with the wings of the heron and crow, with the beak of the pelican, with the wisdom of the owl. After three long days without shelter, there will be a new song, a new call. The waters will be stilled. There will be a new wall of light surrounding us all.

Marvin Bell, Iowa’s first poet laureate on, “What’s the importance of having a state poet laureate?” Poetry transcends borders, including state borders, but all poetry is local in origin. Poetry comes from a life and where that life is lived. To name a state poet laureate is to confirm that human expression matters and that there are poets among us. All art is about what life feels like. The arts are the way in which we express it.

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New state poets laureate book to benefit the Humanities Iowa Poet Laureate Enhancement Fund A new collection of poetry by state poets laureate from all across the USA was organized this year with the help of Iowa poet laureate Mary Swander, entitled An Endless Skyway: Poetry from the State Poets Laureate ($24.95, Isbn 9781888160529). This collection includes work by Mary Swander, as well as poetry from Iowa’s previous laureates—Marvin Bell and Robert Dana, along with more than thirty others state laureates. Ted Kooser, former US poet laureate, said of this collection, “A rich and wonderful chorus of voices...” Travel our country through the poetic voices and visions of our nation’s poets laureate. To help support poetry in Iowa, the Ice Cube Press, LLC, will contribute 50% of all proceeds on copies sold between now and the end of 2011 to the Humanities Iowa Poet Laureate Enhancement Fund. Copies are available at bookstores, through online booksellers such as amazon.com, as well as through the publisher’s website: www.icecubepress. com. Questions can be directed to steven-semken@ uiowa.edu. h

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Four New Humanities Iowa Board Members Our thanks to outgoing Humanities Iowa board members Neil Nakadate, Moudy Nabulsi, and Ralph Swain.

Dr. Linda Shenk

is associate professor of English at Iowa State University. She teaches courses on early modern drama and poetry, and her teaching of  Shakespeare has earned her the nickname “Shenkspeare” among her students. Dr. Shenk has published numerous articles on early modern drama as well as on Queen Elizabeth I. Her recent book, Learned Queen: The Image of Elizabeth I in Politics and Poetry, reveals that Elizabeth’s learned persona leads not to the contemplative seclusion of the royal study but rather to the heart of England’s role as a burgeoning international power—a connection that reveals how poetry, foreign relations, and intellectual culture are far more integrated than scholars have hitherto imagined. Shenk received her PhD from the University of Minnesota and her MA from the University of Alaska–Fairbanks. In addition to her interests in all things Renaissance, Dr. Shenk is interested in environmental writing and issues of social justice. h

Mark Felderman

is married to Rebecca Felderman. He has four children: Marshall (wife Emily), 23; Samuel, 20; William, 15; and Regina, 14. His hometown is Bellevue, Iowa, although he has also lived in Emmetsburg, Cedar Rapids, Ames, and Iowa City, Iowa, as well as Texas and Nebraska. He earned a BS from Iowa State University, a BGS from the University of Iowa, and a MS-Ed from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. Mark is the owner of Felderman Family Ben Franklin Store in Chariton, Iowa, a teacher at Chariton High School (economics, government, geography, and speech), as well as the tennis coach at Chariton High School, a sportscaster at KIIC Radio (Albia), and adjunct economics instructor at Indian Hills Community College. He is a member of Grace Baptist Church (Chariton), Professional Educators of Iowa, Foundation for Teaching Economics, the Chariton Chamber of Commerce, and the Hoover Library Education Committee. He has been honored as C-SPAN National Champion Teacher, and Iowa National Guard Civilian Supporter of the Year. h

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New Board Members

Marina J. Sandquist

was born and raised in Bulgaria before moving to the United States in 2004. She received a BA in economics and an MBA from the University for National & World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as a degree in opera. She is fluent in several languages other than her native Bulgarian: English, Italian, Russian, and Serbian. As an opera singer she performed as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata and as Zerlina in Mozart’s La nozze di Figaro. Serving on the Humanities Iowa Board is a chance for her to be involved with her passion for the humanities, arts, and languages. h

Rosemarie Ward

of Okoboji was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She attended public schools in Fort Dodge and in Des Moines, graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy high school in Des Moines and received a BS in education from Drake in 1968. Rosemarie was past president of the Des Moines League of Women Voters, chair of the City of Des Moines Planning & Zoning Commission and the coordinator of the Great Books Foundation in Des Moines. She served as chair of the Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, and is the current coordinator of the Great Books Foundation at Lakes Art Center. She is also chair of the City of Okoboji, Planning & Zoning Commission, and a member of the Dickinson County Clean Water Alliance. h

Conversation with Mary Swander continued

What is the future of poetry in Iowa? Any advice for the young writers of Iowa?

If you could invite any three poets, past or present, to dinner, who would they be There is a great future for poetry in Iowa. We must and what would you serve for dinner? have one of the highest concentrations of poets of any state. We have the Writers’ Workshop and the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. We have a thriving MFA program in creative writing and environment at Iowa State University. And we have an excellent MA program in creative writing at UNI. But in addition, we have a marvelous network of libraries and schools in the state who have done an excellent job of fostering an appreciation for poetry. Iowa has been very supportive of poetry and we should continue to grow our audiences for readings and the sale of books of poetry.

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I would have a potluck dinner. I would invite Elizabeth Bishop and ask her to bring that fish that she threw back. He might be a little tough, but we’d feast upon the whiskery old guy. Robert Frost would receive an invitation to bring blueberries “as big as the end of your thumb/real sky-blue, and heavy, and big as a drum.” Then in case the dinner guests get swelled heads, I would invite Emily Dickinson to remind us that, “fame is a fickle food/upon a shifting plate.” h

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Meet Tim Johnson, New Humanities Iowa President What role do the humanities play in our everyday lives here in Iowa?

How did you first get involved with Humanities Iowa? I have always had a strong appreciation for the humanities. After my wife, Cindy, and I were married we settled down in southeast Iowa and I almost instantly felt a strong internal pull to promote the local cultural livelihood of our town, Washington. We have both actively participated in Washington’s community theater (a one-of-a-kind) and other community events for several years. In 2003, I felt I needed to do more and during a conversation with the Washington economic development director, Ed Raber, I was informed of Humanities Iowa. I contacted the HI office for more information and within a week I was sitting face to face with the executive director. I was hooked! Never before have I ever seen an organization that is so devoted to educating fellow Iowans, and the world, about who we are and where we come from culturally. From that first conversation with HI, I knew I had found what I was looking for.

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The humanities play an extremely important role, whether most people realize it or not. The humanities cover a broad range of topics from history to the arts and everything in between. One could say it covers every aspect of being human. For instance, in recent years Humanities Iowa has helped fund the Oxford Project (a multi-media history of the residents of the small town of Oxford, Iowa spanning over twenty years) and then turned around and participated in funding a nationwide project to develop an educational video game about Lewis and Clark’s expedition in an effort to reach out to younger people. The humanities help explain who we are as a people in every aspect.

What is the biggest challenge facing the humanities in Iowa? Bringing awareness to the importance of the humanities. Many people do not understand what the humanities are or the scope they cover. Trying to define humanities is almost like trying to explain air to a small child (a recent conversation with my four-year-old son): it’s massive, hard to definitively see, but we cannot live without them. Fortunately, Humanities Iowa, with the help of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has accepted the challenge of bringing awareness to the population of Iowa. Unfortunately, it has been increasingly more difficult to do each year with rising prices and federal budget cuts (Humanities Iowa does not receive funding from the state). Private donations are always welcome and encouraged. h

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Humanities Iowa Events For up-to-date event information check the calendar on our website.

October Saturday, October 1, 2011 Speakers Bureau: William Sherman presents: “Iowa Country School Milestones” Vesterheim Museum AmdalOdland Heritage Center, 523 Water St, Decorah, IA Saturday, October 1, 2011 Luther College History Walk Luther College Campus, Decorah, IA Saturday, October 1, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Rudy Daniels presents: “Trains Across Iowa” Cherokee Community Center, 530 W Bluff St, Cherokee, IA Sunday, October 2, 2011 Mini Grant: Native American Family Program Dubuque Museum of Art, 701 Locust, Dubuque, IA Monday, October 3, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Darrel Draper presents: “Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider President” Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Ave, Marion, IA Friday, October 7, 2011 Country School: One Room - One Nation Southwestern Community College, Creston, IA

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Saturday, October 8, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Scott Cawelti presents: “Landscape Iowa: Poems of James Hearst, sung” Winterset Public Library, 123 N 2nd St, Winterset, IA Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Speakers Bureau: O.J. Fargo presents: “Just Before the Battle Mother - A Visit from a Civil War Soldier” Anita Public Library, 812 3rd St, Anita, IA Thursday, October 13, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Larry Stone presents, “Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird Lady.” Risen Sun Christian Village 3000 Risen Sun Blvd, Council Bluffs, IA Sunday, October 16, 2011 Luther College History Walk Luther College Campus, Decorah, IA Sunday, October 16, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Sarah Uthoff presents: “Laura Ingalls Wilder: What a DOLL!” Hardin Co. Historical House, 1603 Washington St, Eldora, IA Saturday, October 22, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Darrel Draper presents: “George Drouillard: Hunter, Interpreter, and Sign Talker for Lewis and Clark” Little Sioux Scout Ranch, 32977 Larpenteur Memorial Rd, Little Sioux, IA

Sunday, October 23, 2011 Speakers Bureau: O.J. Fargo presents: “Just Before the Battle Mother - A Visit from a Civil War Soldier” Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Layton Zbornik presents: “Juke Boxes, Pool Halls and Ducktails” Red Cedar Lodge, Squaw Creek Park, 4305 Squaw Lane, Marion, IA Thursday, October 27, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Roy Behrens presents: “Grant Wood and Frank Lloyd Wright: Little Houses on the Prairie” Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave, Fort Dodge, IA

November Tuesday, November 01, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Larry Stone presents: “Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird Lady” Jester Park Lodge, 11407 NW Jester Park Dr, Granger, IA Friday, November 04, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Scott Cawelti presents: “Landscape Iowa: Poems of James Hearst, sung” Cedar Rapids Public Library West, Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA Events continued on page 11

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Layton Zbornik presents: “Juke Boxes, Pool Halls and Ducktails” Western Iowa Tech Community College, 4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, IA

Recipient: West High School Amount: $250 Project: The Derek Project

Thursday, November 10, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Layton Zbornik presents: “Juke Boxes, Pool Halls and Ducktails” Oelwein Public Library, 201 E Charles St, Oelwein, IA Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Scott Cawelti presents: “Landscape Iowa: Poems of James Hearst, sung” James Kennedy Public Library, 320 1st Ave E, Dyersville, IA Thursday, November 17, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Roy Behrens presents: “Looking Closer at Grant Wood: What Did He Do, and How Did He Do It?” Eldon Library Hall, 608 W Elm St, Eldon, IA Monday, November 21, 2011 Speakers Bureau: Roy Behrens presents: “Remembering Iowa’s Buffalo Bill: Never Missed and He Never Will “ Bradbury Hall, Nelson Pioneer Farm, 2211 Nelson Ln, Oskaloosa, IA

Recipient: Working Group Theatre Amount: $11,281 Project: Telling: Iowa City Johnston Recipient: Iowa Public Broadcasting Board Amount: $15,000 Project: Farm Crisis of the 1980s Documentary Lincoln, NE Recipient: University of NebraskaLincoln Amount: $4,253 Project: Mapping Buffalo Bill’s Great Plains Marion Recipient: Linn County Conservation Department Amount: $1,000 Project: Meskwaki Cultural Day Recipient: Marion Public Library Amount: $500 Project: Out Loud! Milford Recipient: Friends of the Lakeside Lab, Inc. Amount: $750 Project: Expanding Minds and Making Connections

Perry Recipient: Dallas County Conservation Board Amount: $1,000 Project: Prairie Awakening St Paul, MN Recipient: Native Languages of the Americas Amount: $9,679 Project: Lost Nation: The Ioway 2 &3 Tama Recipient: Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa Amount: $10,000 Project: Exhibits for a New Museum Thurman Recipient: Green Hollow Center Amount: $1,000 Project: Iowa Hills & Heritage Festival West Burlington Recipient: Partners for Conservation Foundation Amount: $500 Project: Screening Greenfire: Aldo Leopold West Liberty Recipient: Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company Amount: $15,000 Project: Midwest Immigration History

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On the Fly is a series of video interviews with nationally known authors who travel to Iowa City. It is a joint project of Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature and Humanities Iowa. Recent authors have included: Mary Swander, Stuart Dybeck, Rick Bass, Chang Rae Lee, Paul Harding, and Robert Pinsky. Watch at www.youtube.com/humanitiesiowa

Grants Awarded Since April 2011 Bettendorf Recipient: Bettendorf Public Library Foundation Amount: $250 Project: A Valentine for Faye Clow Cedar Rapids Recipient: National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library Amount: $7,626 Project: Czech and Slovak Cold Warera Emigres

Coralville Recipient: I Can Read, Inc. Amount: $500 Project: Jump Start to Literacy Davenport Recipient: Figge Art Museum Amount: $5,000 Project: Turn of the Century Posters Recipient: Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science Amount: $11,281

Project: Hispanic Heritage Project Recipient: Quad City Symphony Orchestra Amount: $3,300 Project: Britten Peace Project Decorah Recipient: Winneshiek County Historical Society Amount: $500 Project: The Hjelles of Siewers Springs

Des Moines Recipient: Des Moines Art Center Amount: $2,000 Project: 2011 Fall Lecture Series Recipient: Preservation Iowa Amount: $500 Project: One-Room School House Conference DVDs Dubuque Recipient: Dubuque Museum of Art Amount: $1,000

Project: Lectures in Celebration of Grant Wood Iowa City Recipient: League of Women Voters of Johnson County Amount: $1,800 Project: U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court Recipient: University of Iowa Amount: $10,000 Project: Iowa Archaeology Month 2011 (grants continued pg. 11)


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