DES MOINES, Iowa — The State Historical Society of Iowa’s mobile museum is getting back on the road with a brand-new exhibition, after taking a 16-month break from visitors.
Housed in a custom-built Winnebago, “Iowa History 101: Iowa’s People & Places” is a 300-square-foot museum on wheels, packed with 56 artifacts and videos that explore 13,000 years of Iowa history, from its earliest residents to those who call it home today.
The mobile museum will carry “Iowa’s People & Places” to all 99 Iowa counties beginning this month through 2023. The first mobile museum exhibition made 175 stops across all 99 counties from 2017 through 2019 and attracted nearly 65,000 visitors, including 11,400 students.
“Our first statewide tour was an enormous success, and Iowans let us know they wanted this traveling museum to keep rolling with another exhibition," said Susan Kloewer, administrator of the State Historical Society of Iowa. "We're eager to take this history experience back on the road and to share more stories with Iowans.”
The EMC Insurance Companies, which sponsored the first tour , renewed its support for the second.
The new exhibition unpacks some of the stories of Iowa's past with an array of artifacts selected from the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines, and its introduction video is narrated by WOI-TV host Jackie Schmillen. Some of the highlights on display include:
Iowans may request a visit from the mobile museum for schools, libraries, local museums, community festivals, county fairs and other places where people gather. Visits are complimentary and the tours are self-guided.
To date, “Iowa’s People & Places” is already scheduled to visit the following communities:
More details are available at iowaculture.gov. Iowans can also follow the mobile museum's statewide journey on Facebook.