Iowa History Journal

Mike and Bev created Iowa History Journal in 2009 with the goal of keeping alive the memories of Iowa’s heritage in a manner that is both educational and entertaining.  The first issue featured Nile Kinnick on the cover, and was the first of a three part series on the legendary Hawkeye football player and icon who lost his life in World War II.  Other cover subjects  were Herbert Hoover, Donna Reed, George “Superman” Reeves, John Wayne, Mamie Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and Johnny Carson.  The magazine was warmly received, and even Governor Terry Branstad became a subscriber and talked about the magazine and promoted it (see photo) on numerous occasions.

After five successful seasons, the magazine was sold to Michael Swanger of Des Moines.  For more information, visit

At national history day on May 7, 2012, Governor Terry Branstad addressed a large group at the iowa state historical society museum and held up Iowa
History Journal saying everyone should subscribe to the magazine.