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Iowa Capitol Digest, Monday, July 19

Iowa Capitol Digest, Monday, July 19

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History is everywhere

To commemorate Iowa’s 175th anniversary this year, the State Historical Society of Iowa is creating 300 temporary pop-up displays and 15 permanent cast aluminum historical markers. Both are available, by application at for installation in communities across Iowa.

The temporary pop-up displays, part of “Iowa’s People & Places,” traces 13,000 years of Iowa history, from the first Native people to call this land home, through the Louisiana Purchase and the Civil War, and right on through the 20th century to today.

The pop-ups are free-standing, lightweight and easy to assemble. The finished display, about 68 inches tall, is made of sturdy cardboard and can be easily assembled for display in museums, historical societies, libraries, community centers or other public locations.

Grants up to $2,000 are available for the manufacture of 2-by-3-foot cast aluminum historical signs and plaques. Priority will be given to historical markers that share the stories of historically underrepresented groups.

The State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, has organized an array of other statewide programs to commemorate Iowa’s 175th anniversary, including two other versions of the “Iowa People and Places” exhibition — one at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines and another in a mobile museum that is on its second 99-county tour.

Iowans also can commemorate the 175th anniversary by tuning in to an array webinars, an online book club and subscribing to the Annals of Iowa.

For more information, visit

INMATE DEATH: Carmon Noel Lyddon, 75, was pronounced dead due to natural causes Sunday at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections.

He was serving sentences for four convictions in Polk County for indecent contact with a child, with sentence revocations and modifications for felony and misdemeanor charges.

The incident remains under investigation.



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