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Mobile museum brings pieces of state’s history to ELC students

September 19, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Instead of studying history in the classroom, Estherville Lincoln Central fifth graders, sixth graders and selected high school students had pieces of Iowa history come to then this week.

History on the Move: Iowa History 101, a mobile museum from the State Historical Museum of Iowa and Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, arrived at Estherville Lincoln Central Middle School on Monday and stayed through Wednesday at the school.

"This exhibition shares some of the essential stories that every Iowan should know about who we are and what we've achieved since Iowa became a state more than 170 years ago," State Historical Society of Iowa Administrator Susan Kloewer said. "We're delighted to bring this traveling exhibition to Emmet County, and we encourage all Iowans to learn about our state's rich heritage."

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Like a visit to a grandparent's attic, the exhibition unpacks stories of Iowa's past with nearly 50 artifacts, including:

n battered miner's cap worn by Carl Coghlan, a Marion County coal miner

n 1917 prototype of the state flag designed by Dixie Cornell Gebhardt of Knoxville

n pen Gov. William Harding used to ratify the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote

n basketball jersey Lynne Lorenzen wore during her glory days at Ventura High School

n Olympic medal from sprinter Natasha Kaiser-Brown of Des Moines

n patch from a spacesuit worn by astronaut Peggy Whitson of Beaconsfield

State Historical Society of Iowa staffer Jessica Rundlett, who serves at a guide for the students, noted it was fitting that Iowa Governor William Hardin's pen that he used to ratify the 19th amendment, was especially appropriate on Monday-Constitution Day.

Rundlett said this week was the mobile museum's first visit to Emmet County. The goal is to travel to all 99 counties in Iowa and the museum has been to just under two-thirds of the counties.



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