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Iowa History 101: Respect for the fallen, duty for the survivors: Robert T. Smith’s search for World War II servicemen lost in the South Pacific

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600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Join Jerome Thompson as he relates the work of Des Moines native Robert Smith during and after World War II in the Graves Registration branch of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps.

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Iowa History 101: Victorian Women and Pella, Iowan Sarah Rousseau: On Music, Travel and the Earps

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600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Join Janelle Molony, a descendant of Dr. James and Sarah Rousseau (pioneer settlers of Liberty Township), as she dives into the immigration experiences of the refined lady musician from New Castle Upon Tyne to Michigan, Kentucky, Iowa, and the Wild West!

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Iowa History 101: “A Colorful and Impressive Spectacle”: Nine Decades of Tulip Time in Pella, IA

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600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Jessi Galligan, Executive Director at Pella Historical Museums, will share about the history and legacy of Pella’s Tulip Festival. First organized in 1935, Tulip Time is a celebration of the community’s history and Dutch heritage.

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Iowa History 101: Iowa's African American Civil War Heritage

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600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Join Dr. David Brodnax, Sr., Professor of History at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, in an exploration of Iowa’s black Civil War veterans and their families and communities.

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