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Iowa State University to host exhibit on early Iowa state parks system

  • 5/18/2017 8:31:00 AM
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The Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives is hosting an exhibition entitled “This movement for a more beautiful Iowa”: The Early Years of Iowa’s State Park System. The exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of Iowa's State Parks Act, signed into law on April 12, 1917.

The exhibit opens to the public on May 17 and will remain available for viewing through 2017 on the fourth floor of Parks Library, 701 Morrill Drive, in Ames.

As a complement to the exhibition, Heidi H. Hohmann, associate professor of landscape architecture will give a presentation at 7 p.m. June 6 in the Farwell T. Brown Auditorium at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave. Hohmann’s lecture will focus on the influence and role that ISU and the Department of Landscape Architecture played in the development of state parks in Iowa and national parks in the 1930s.

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