Saturday, May 26th, 2012 | Iowa History Journal
When the USS Titanic sank in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, it was front page news all over the world. Over 1500 people perished on the ship and among the casualties – and survivors – were several Iowans. A century later, the Titanic legacy lives on. At the Brucemore Estate in Cedar Rapids visitors can see an extensive exhibit which tells the story of the Titanic and its many Iowa connections.
Readers will also be treated to feature stories on many other fascinating persons and moments in Iowa history – ranging from the impact of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie on over 100 Iowa libraries to memorable moments by Iowans who played in the major leagues.
Also included in this issue:
- Henry A. Wallace is not only one of the most important figures in all of agricultural history, he was also one heartbeat away from being president of the United States.
- USS Iowa battleship has finally found a permanent home and will open as a museum later this summer.
- EMC has been a huge player in the world of insurance for over 100 years and is an Iowa landmark and institution.
- Music of all kinds has been featured at the legendary Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines for many decades, attracting some of the biggest names in the music industry.
- Columns by our regulars – Arvid Huisman, John McNeer and Mike Chapman
…and much more!
3 – Publisher’s Perspective: Brooklyn & Keokuk have John Wayne connections by Mike Chapman
4 – Wallace was one heartbeat away from the U.S. presidency by Jerry Harrington
8 – Unsinkable Memories: Iowa has many ties to Titanic tragedy by Jessica Lowe
11 – Iowa Country Roads: Opa and his horses: Lessons that endure by Arvid Huisman
12 – Diamond Gems: Iowans made “major” impacts in baseball by Don Doxsie
16 – USS Iowa is almost home by Jeff Lamberti
19 – We’ve been “Counting on EMC” for 100 years now by Pete Hussmann
21 – Andrew Carnegie gave libraries big boost in Iowa by Jen Kuenstling
23 – The Way We Were: Planting gardens is a key part of our heritage by John McNeer
25 – The Music Plays On: Val Air Ballroom still a very popular spot by Michael Swanger
28 – What’s In a Name: Osage: City of Maples has much to offer
29 – Book Review: The Depression Dilemmas of Rural Iowa 1929-1933 by Jeff Stein
31 – Iowa History Quiz
36 – Letters to the Editor
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Upcoming Speeches and Appearances
- March 21, 2013 – Win Memorabilia Show
- May 30, 2013 – Iowa Hall of Pride Volunteer Celebration
- June 13, 2013 – Fred Becker Day
- June 28, 2013 – Sturgis Falls
- July 9, 2013 – Project AWARE
- July 19, 2013 – Des Moines Metro Scandanavian Group
- August 8, 2013 – Iowa State Fair
Calendar of Appearances
Iowa Hall of Pride Volunteer Celebration
Mike will be the featured speaker at the Iowa Hall of Pride annual volunteers celebration, in Des Moines. He will talk about the impact of such famous Iowans as Nile Kinnick and Fred Becker, both All-American football players at the University of Iowa who lost their lives during war time. The event is not open to the public.