Celebrate the History of Iowa and Fort Madison at the FM Library> PenCityCurrent.com


Director of the FM Public Library

FORT MADISON – With Iowa’s history stretching back thousands of years, on December 28, 1846, Iowa officially became thee State and there are many ways to explore the history of Iowa online. Over the past 175 years, Iowa has made significant contributions to our country. As I learned from Rudy Daniels’ speech in early October, Iowa has played an important role in the development of the national rail system. The Iowans also influenced Hollywood from its heyday with Donna Reed, John Wayne and Phil Stong (the author of State Fair) to more contemporary stars such as Tom Arnold, Elijah Wood and Ashton Kutcher. The Iowians have also looked at the world around them and found ways to make it better, like Norman Borlaug and Aldo Leopold. It only scratches the surface of Iowa’s influence in the arts, education, industry, and agriculture.

If you want more information on these and other topics, see the State Historical Society of Iowa’s “Iowa History 101” series. You can sign up to watch live webinars or visit the archives of previous programs. “Iowa Stories” is another series from the State Historical Library, featuring scholars and historians sharing their knowledge on a wide range of Iowa topics, available online here.

If you have kids 12 and under, they may be interested in a free membership in Goldie’s Kids Club, a program designed to introduce children 12 and under to Iowa history – starting with Goldie on eastern goldfinch, the state bird.

Finally, you can visit the virtual exhibit “Iowa’s People and Places” at the State Historical Museum of Iowa. “Iowa’s People & Places” invites visitors to explore the stories and artefacts of the early people who made this land their home, as well as the more recent Iowians who helped make Iowa truly unique. Travel through 13,000 years of history in this exhibition that presents both common and monumental events. Native American settlements, statehood, court rulings, legislation, immigration, and elections all paved the way for the Iowans and still affect the Iowans today.

History of Iowa 101 – https://iowaculture.gov/history/iowa-history-101-series
Stories from Iowa – https://iowaculture.gov/history/programs/adult-programs/iowa-stories
Goldie Kids Club – https://iowaculture.gov/goldie
“The People and Places of Iowa” – https://iowaculture.gov/history/museum/exhibits/IowasPeopleandPlaces

Fort Madison Historic Scavenger Hunt

Fort Madison, which has been a city longer than Iowa has been a state, has a lot of history and we’ve created a scavenger hunt to help you explore some of that history. Pick up a Scavenger Hunt Pack starting December 6 and look for locations around town that will get you for a small price. You can also take photos and share on Facebook for fun, if you like.

History of Iowa at the Fort Madison Library

  1. Frontierswomen: The Iowa Experience by Glenda Riley (305.42 RIL)
  2. Growing Up In Iowa: Reminiscences Of 14 Iowa Authors Edited By Clarence A. Andrews (977.7 GRO
  3. Ban in Eastern Iowa by Linda Betsinger McCann (364.132 MCC)
  4. Answer the Call: A Tribute to Veterans of the Tri-State Region (355.003
  5. 60 Years of Tri-State Rodeo (791.840977 SIX)
  6. Outside: African American History in Iowa 1838-2000 (977.700496073 OUT)
  7. Little Pagans: Hard Times and Good Mood on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish (977.7 KAL)
  8. Between two rivers: Iowa year by year 1846-1996 by Allan Carpenter and Randy Lyon (977.7 RCA)
  9. The Fort: 177 Years of Crime and Punishment at Iowa State Penitentiary (DVD)
  10. The 175e Anniversary of the Catholic Church in Fort Madison (DVD)

Upcoming Fort Madison Public Library Events –

For the safety of library workers and other patrons, please do not attend library programs if you feel ill, have a fever, or are waiting for the results of a coronavirus test. The library always offers curbside book pickup if you need to read, watch, or listen, but want to keep your community healthy by temporarily quarantining it.

The library will be closed on Friday December 24 ad Saturday December 25 for the Christmas holidays. The Library will be closed on Friday December 31 and Saturday January 1 for the end of year celebrations.

Thread library – Check out this pop-up art installation in the library meeting room on December 3-4 during regular library hours. You can also register for the “Collecting as a Creative Practice” workshop on Friday at 3.45 p.m. or attend the conference on Saturday at 11 a.m.

5e Annual Christmas Decorating Workshop – Join us on December 23 to make pretty decorations to finish your tree.

Preschool / Toddler Story Time –Wednesday morning at 10:30 am.

Thursday Craftermidi –Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., for 14-adults. This program is an opportunity to spend time working on an in-depth project throughout the month. December crafts are a holiday angel.

Hooking up adolescence – Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (except December 14) for 12-19 year olds.

Minecraft –3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., 9 to 18 years old on Monday.

Wacky wednesday – School starts early on December 1st and 15th. Join us from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a Christmas craft on December 1 and a Christmas gift container on December 15.

Everything is reserved! – The Library Books Discussion Group meets the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm On Thursday, December 2, we will be discussing Colm Toibin’s “Brooklyn”. On Thursday January 6th, we will be discussing “Before the Coffee Gets Cold” by Toshikazu Kawaguchi.

Cook the book –This month’s cookbook is “Brunch @ Bobby’s” by Bobby Flay and is available at the library. Pick a recipe and prepare it to share with the group on December 14 at 5:30 p.m. In January, we will be choosing recipes from “Do you know the muffin pan? », Proof that muffin tins are not only intended for baking muffins and candies.


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