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Remembering Shirley Temple Black

Child star Shirley Temple died yesterday (Feb 10, 2014). After retiring from theater, she became active in the Republican Party at which time she attended various fund raising events. She also served as U.S. Ambassador to Ghana from 1974–1976, was Chief of Protocol of the United States from 1976–1977, and was U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989–1992.

Women on the Chautauqua Circuit: Winsome Lasses and Ardent Advocates

This essay by Kären Mason, Curator of the Iowa Women’s Archives, was originally written for Akashic Books. Chautauqua was an eagerly anticipated event in towns across the United States in the early 20th century. Huge tents were erected and a variety of speakers, performances, and children’s activities took place over the week the Chautauqua wasContinue reading “Women on the Chautauqua Circuit: Winsome Lasses and Ardent Advocates”

Brown v Board of Education

Today is the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in the Brown v Board of Education, making separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional. The Daily Iowan story is in the May 18, 1954 issue. The ruling did not affect Iowa because segregation of schools had been illegal since 1868. “Our firstContinue reading “Brown v Board of Education”