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Iowa History 101: The Tri-States' Ballrooms & Bands

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600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Older Iowans often speak wistfully of the time when they waltzed, two-stepped or bunny hopped across a dance hall floor. Many met their future spouses there. From the age of jazz to the dawn of disco, these venues served as gathering places for generations.

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Iowa History 101: A Grand Army of Scholars: GAR Educational Reform and Mason City’s Memorial University

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600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Around the turn of the twentieth century, aging Union veterans leveraged their membership in the powerful Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) fraternity to influence the reform and improvement of their communities.

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