Local History

Susan Craig Retirement Reception

Recorded December 2, 2018

A celebration of Susan Craig's retirement from Iowa City Public Library after serving as director since 1994, and as a Library employee since 1977.

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The University of Iowa and the Race for Space | ICPL Adult Summer Reading 2019

Did you know that Iowa played a major role in the International Space Race of the 1960s? Join UI Professor Cornelia Lang for stories of the contributions of University of Iowa scientists and...

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Longfellow Community Celebration & Ribbon Cutting

On September 9, 2018, The Iowa City Community School District held a community celebration in honor of Longfellow Elementary School's centennial and the completion of the building's...

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Crystals: Nature's Most Beautiful Rocks

Recorded July 25, 2018

Crystals have been admired and used for thousands of years. As amulets or talismans for luck or protection, for their energy or healing properties, or simply for...

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Weber Days: Larry Ginter and Iowa City's Horse Racing Tradition

Standard bred horse-racing was all the rage at the beginning of the 20th Century. ICPL Librarian Anne Mangano shares her research on Larry Ginter, Iowa City's most famous race horse.

This...

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Weber Days: A Brief History of the Lucas Farms Neighborhood

Hear the 175 year old story of this modest neighborhood with a rich history! Lucas Farms Neighborhood sits on the original farmland of Iowa's first Territorial Governor, Robert Lucas. Judy Nyren,...

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Weber Days: Iowa City Then & Now - A Photographic Comparison of Downtown 1970 - 2018

When the wave of urban renewal arrived in Iowa City in the late 1960s, Dr. Oscar Beasley took notice and began photographing the downtown area's oldest buildings. He continued to document downtown...

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Weber Days: Iowa City & RAGBRAI - A Brief History

RAGBRAI veterans share their memories of Iowa City's participation on the largest one week bicycle ride on the planet. Speakers include Larry Fitzpatrick, Barb Goff, Gordon Goldsmith, and Todd...

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Weber Days: 6-on-6 Girls' Basketball in Iowa

Up until 1993, Iowa was devoted to an unusual form of women's sport known as 6-on-6 girls' basketball. To mark the 25th anniversary of the final season, Iowa Women's Archives staff and UI American...

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Staying Tuned: The Dottie Ray Story

A film by Hawk City Productions

Dottie Ray spent a lifetime telling other people's stories, now you have a chance to hear hers.

Iowa's local broadcast legend, Dottie Ray, retired...

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