Our Iowa Heritage Index: 2000 – Present.

As you can see, our growing website Our Iowa Heritage covers a lot of time (pre-1800 to the present) and a lot of people. We’ve written about famous people and the not-so-famous ones as well. Yet, despite a person’s prominence (or lack of it), everybody has a story. And as you read our posts, you’ll hopefully discover that everyone’s story is a good one. So, in order to better find these good stories and details surrounding them, we’ve added this INDEX of HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS to help you along the way. Enjoy your journey.

Our Iowa Heritage: An Introduction. We might suggest you start here! Here’s how & why I got started collecting stamps, coins, and other Iowa memorabilia.

Iowa Millennium Art – The 2000 Poster. In 2000, Des Moines Register political cartoonist Brian Duffy created a Hawkeye masterpiece depicting 58 iconic people or places with Iowa connections. Check it out – see how many you can recognize?

2006 – Iowa City Storm Stories. On the evening of Thursday, April 13, 2006, fifteen tornadoes tore through eastern Iowa and western Illinois – with the Iowa City area being one of the hardest-hit communities. An estimated $15 million in damage was caused by the storm, but fortunately, no casualties were reported. Here, we share three of the more memorable storm stories from that April evening – each one involving a historic Iowa City building.

Bethel AME – 150 Years Of Keeping The Faith In Iowa City. In 1868, the small but determined African-American community in Iowa City purchased a piece of land on South Governor Street for $50 and never looked back. 150 years later – in 2018 – the Bethel AME community continues to make a huge contribution to our city – taking care of people’s needs while also caring for souls.

The Iowa City Public Library – Celebrating 125 Years. In 2021, the ICPL celebrated its 125th anniversary. Since 1896, the library has been at the center of community life, and its rich heritage includes presidential visits, innovative ideas, four locations, and several remodeling projects. Over the years, the organization has transitioned from being a simple small-town library to becoming one of the most widely-respected media centers around the country.

UI Herstory – Dr. Christine Grant. In December, 2021, one of Iowa City’s finest citizens passed into glory. Dr. Christine Grant – age 85 – served as the University of Iowa’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women for 27 years (1973-2000). Under her leadership, we not only saw UI women – in 12 different sports – bring home 12 NCAA championships and 27 Big Ten titles, but we all witnessed this gracious but gritty competitor from Scotland serve as a national pioneer and influential voice for gender equity in collegiate athletics.

On The Road to Statehood – Celebrating 175 Years! On December 28, 2021, The State of Iowa celebrates its 175th Anniversary of Statehood. To honor the event, we’ve assembled a list of Our Top 20 “Did You Know?” Facts About Iowa – twenty points of interest surrounding our state’s history. See how knowledgeable you are when it comes to Iowa trivia.

Iowa Statehood Day – December 28th. Over the years, Iowans have celebrated our statehood on the day it all happened – December 28th (1846). Join us as we look at past Statehood Day celebrations over the years and celebrate our 175th Anniversary on December 28, 2021.

On Iowa! Go Hawks! – Celebrating 175 Years! On February 25, 2022, The University of Iowa celebrates its 175th Anniversary. To honor the event, we’ve assembled a list of Our Top 25 “Did You Know?” Facts About SUI – twenty-five points of interest surrounding my alma mater’s history. See how knowledgeable you are when it comes to Hawkeye trivia.

Iowa City – Featured On PBS Main Streets. In 2023, PBS-Wisconsin’s Travel Series – John McGivern’s Main Streets – paid a visit to Iowa City and, as it turned out, the show became a big hit for the network. Yours truly helped a bit with some of the programming, so come take a peek at some of the show’s highlights and watch the full 30-minute production! It’s Iowa City at her very best!

Caitlin Clark From The Logo In Coralville. In April 2023, immediately following the exciting women’s basketball season with the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Final Four, Caitlin Clark dropped by the Coralville Community Food Pantry (CCFP) to meet and greet her many fans while raising funds for the CCFP Clark’s Team Up Against Hunger Campaign. This April, we raised over $50,000 and it all goes to help our neighbors in need throughout Coralville. Here’s a salute to Caitlin – maybe we need to restore Coralville’s old name – Welcome to Clarksville!

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