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June Baratta's Lunches

Cafe Baratta's at the State Historical Building of Iowa
600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Join us for a pop-up lunch at the State Historical Building of Iowa. Seating is available both indoors in the cafe on the 3rd floor or on our private outdoor terrace. Contact michelle@barattas.com to pre-order your lunch today!

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Teacher Appreciation Night

600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Every day, educators go above and beyond to help students develop skills they need for success. So we’re inviting educators - traditional, pre-service, retired, non-traditional, home school, pre-school and college - to join us for Teacher Appreciation Night!

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Iowa History 101: From Relish Trays to Old Fashioneds: Sampling Iowa Supper Clubs

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600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Join Megan Bannister, author of Iowa Supper Clubs, to dig into the delicious history of Iowa's supper clubs. Learn more about the traditions and colorful stories of these classic Midwestern eateries, both past and present, and start planning a culinary road trip of your own.

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Iowa History 101 - Every Farm an Airfield: The Promise of Agricultural Aviation in the Post-World War II Midwest

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Americans emerged victorious from World War II with something promoters called “air-mindedness”: an optimism that aviation would improve work, politics, and social life.

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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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