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Celebrate Iowa Gala

The Celebrate Iowa Gala was back at the State Historical Building of Iowa for the first time since 2018! Read below for event highlights and photos.

Friday, December 8, 2023
6-7 p.m. Ticketed VIP Reception
7-11 p.m. Celebrate Iowa Gala
State Historical Building of Iowa, Des Moines

Event attendees enjoyed:

  • Music including Stutterin' Jimmy and the Goosebumps and The Punching Pandas
  • Artwork featuring Iowa Artist Cynthia O'Hern, Annals of Iowa cover artists and The Portrait Studio
  • Food and drinks from some of Iowa’s finest farms, dairies, restaurants, breweries and distilleries.




Browse photos from the 2023 Celebrate Iowa Gala
Thank you to Kesling Photography for being our Gala photographers once again! 


Were you unable to attend or would like to make a donation? Your donation will support the State Historical Society of Iowa’s exhibits and programs, funded by the Iowa Historical Foundation, a 501(c)(3).


or mail your check to:

Iowa Historical Foundation
600 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50319

Find other ways to support the State Historical Society of Iowa and its mission – including becoming a member



Thank you to our 2023 Celebrate Iowa Gala sponsors and event partners!