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State Historical Society of Iowa

You Gotta Know the Territory

Travel back in time to before Iowa became a state and explore how native people lived by examining their tools and houses, as well as how they farmed and enjoyed leisure time. Learn about the journey of thousands of settlers that came to Iowa seeking the state’s abundant resources and how they lived once they arrived. Examine the impact early settlement had on Native Americans, as well as the relationships that developed between traders, Native Americans and the United States government.


  • Investigate the wiki-up, a Native American dwelling
  • View a Conestoga wagon used by settlers to travel west
  • Examine cherished items that early settlers brought to Iowa