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Mobile Iowa history museum heads to Clermont

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Iowa History 101

Iowa History 101 mobile museum

CLERMONT — The State Historical Society of Iowa’s “Iowa History 101” mobile museum is coming to Clermont on June 14-17.

Launched in 2017, the 300-square-foot museum is housed in a bright-blue, custom-built Winnebago that travels the state’s highways and back roads to visit schools, libraries, local museums, community festivals, county fairs and other gathering places. People can see multi-media presentations and artifacts from the historical society’s collection.

Artifacts include:

  • Battered miner’s cap worn by Carl Coghlan, a Marion County coal miner.
  • 1917 prototype of the state flag designed by Dixie Cornell Gebhardt of Knoxville.
  • Pen Gov. William Harding used to ratify the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
  • Basketball jersey Lynne Lorenzen wore during her glory days at Ventura High School.
  • Olympic medal from sprinter Natasha Kaiser-Brown of Des Moines
  • Patch from a spacesuit worn by astronaut Peggy Whitson of Beaconsfield.

More information is available at or (515) 281-5111.


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