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Iowa's History Camp Goes Virtual For 2021

Johnny Bright dodging a tackle from a 1951 football game.
Courtesy of the Drake University Archives
Johnny Bright dodging a tackle from a 1951 Drake University football game.

Iowa History Camp 2021 is coming up on Saturday, February 20, and will be fully virtual this year. This is the fifth year for Iowa History Camp, a gathering of history lovers from all walks of life who come together to learn about history and to share their expertise. There is still time to register and spend the day learning.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, a preview of some of this year’s presentations. You'll learn about George Washington Carver's time in Iowa, the Algona Brownies baseball team, Drake University's Johnny Bright and Iowa's home front during the American Civil War.

Learn more about Iowa History Camp and register to join presentations by clicking here. The events are free and open to the public.


  • Linda Griffith Smith, genealogist based in Madison County
  • Reginald Green, emeritus administrator, University of Northern Iowa
  • Hope Bibens, political papers archivist and associate professor of librarianship, Drake University
  • Leo Landis, state curator, State Historical Society of Iowa
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River