History Camp Iowa Connects History Buffs with Historians

Nov 8, 2017

In its third year, History Camp Iowa is a daylong series of presentations from a mix of professional and amateur historians who share their expertise with history buffs from all over the state. History Camp Iowa features more than 30 distinct presentations, behind-the-scenes access to the State Historical Museum, and opportunities to meet authors and learn about history organizations.

This year's event will take place Saturday, November 11th at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines. On this edition of  Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with several of the presenters, including independent marketing specialist, Darcy Maulsby.

“What I hope this does is inspire people to take a look at history in their own local area,” says Maulsby. “I’ve found with kids especially, if you want to get them hooked on history, you start talking about the local history, and they look at you and scratch their head and they’re so intrigued. They can’t get over the fact that, ‘This happened here?’ Yes it did.”

Nebbe talks with the founder of History Camp Iowa, Danny Akright, as well as six of the presenters participating in this year's camp:

  • Michael Vogt, Curator, Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, Johnston, will talk about an African American regiment that fought in the Spanish American War.
  • Sarah Uthoff, Laura Ingalls Wilder researcher and director of the Oxford Public Library,will present "The Center Street Story: An Urban Renewal Retrospective."
  • Darcy Maulsby, author of “Dallas County” and “A Culinary History of Iowa" will present "A President to a Posse: How Truman, Bonne and Clyde and Dallas County, Iowa Changed American History."
  • Patricia Rose Ballard Coffie, former director of the Waverly Public Library,will present "Angels and Butterflies, Stories of my Mother and Father, Lifelong Iowans."
  • Madison DeShay-Duncan, graduate student in the School of Education at Iowa State University and President of Community Legacy Matters, Inc.