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State Historical Society of Iowa

State Historical Society of Iowa

Mission Statement

The State Historical Society of Iowa has been a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy since 1857. With a dual mission of preservation and education, it maintains a museum, two research centers, and seven historic sites. The society preserves and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources through a variety of statewide programs, exhibitions and projects while serving as an advocate for Iowa’s past and connector to the future.

Visiting the State Historical Building of Iowa

Renovations at the State Historical Building of Iowa will be completed in October 2024. Stay tuned for an announcement about expanded hours, new programs and a new exhibition. Please check this page for more information about the renovation project.

New Websites for Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa and State Historic Preservation Office

The Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa-State Office of Film & Media, and the State Historic Preservation Office have moved to the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  Please visit for more information.