Our Iowa Heritage Index: Celebrating 300 Years of Iowa History.

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.

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.

Three Hundred Years of Iowa Maps. In 1718, the French map-maker, Guillaume (William) De L’Isle put together an amazingly accurate map of the central section of North America, at the time called Louisiana. Iowa was a part of that map back then, and over the last 300 years, others have filled in many more details. Join us as we take a look at some of these classic maps of The Hawkeye State.

The Mapping of Iowa City. In 1832, a map of Iowa City/Johnson County would be pretty simple: The Iowa River, a Native Iowan trail, and three Meskwaki villages. Today, we are fortunate to have access to numerous maps that give us a glimpse of our favorite town as it appeared over the last 200 years. Come take a historic look.

Iowa’s Very Own: 1846-Present. Lots of famous folks have Iowa connections. Some of them have even been pictured on US postage stamps. The only prerequisite, sadly, is that you have to be deceased. Take a look at these famous Iowans who made their mark in the world.

The Iowa Award – 1951 to Today. As a result of the 1946 Iowa Centennial Celebration, a new award, called The Iowa Award, was developed. The plan was to celebrate every five years or so by honoring one significant Iowan, giving them this award – our state’s highest honor. President Hoover won the first award (1951) and his friend, Ding Darling, won the second (1955).

Johnson County Historical Resources. Over the last one-hundred and fifty years, there have been local historians who have painstakingly laid out the stories of our county, leaving us a treasure trove of facts and figures, names and places. Allow me here to introduce you to nine key historic resources, written from 1868 to the present, with on-line links included so you can easily access them as well.

Iowa City’s Historic Skyscrapers. Maybe the word “skyscrapers” doesn’t come to mind when you think of Iowa City, but in 19th century Iowa, just about any three or four-story building that extended into the heavens might be considered as such. Join us as we look at the top 21 “skyscrapers” of Iowa City – spires, steeples, towers, and domes that have made our city’s skyline unique.

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