Iowa City’s first Archives Crawl will highlight history and artifacts

Archives Crawl

Iowa City — Saturday, Feb. 24 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Colleen Theisen, outreach & engagement librarian for UI Special Collections, shows a text at the University of Iowa Main Library. Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. — photo by Zak Neumann

Historical treasures lay in cabinets, boxes, books and in plain sight around Iowa City. The area’s first ever archives crawl, hosted by the Obermann Center on Saturday, Feb. 24, will draw the eye to these hidden gems and tease the center’s upcoming symposium Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence and Social Justice, starting March 1.

The free, self-guided crawl kicks off at 11 a.m. Start at any of the main locations and grab a crawl “passport.” When you fill your passport with stamps from all four crawl centers, turn it in at your final stop for the chance to win prizes.

Iowa City Public Library
123 S Linn St

Workshops will help crawlers explore their genealogy, relive the 2006 tornado, investigate a local murder and meet “Iowa City’s most famous athlete you never heard of.”

State Historical Society of Iowa
402 Iowa Ave

Delve into archives profiling black historical figures, Herbert Hoover, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Macmillan films of the 1920s and Iowa bands of the 1980s.

University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
17 North Clinton Street,
Macbride Hall

Interact with fossils, feathers and other specimen with the paleontologists and archaeologists who care for them.

UI Main Library
125 West Washington St.

Nine talks will cover everything from 1860s cookbooks to black Iowan trailblazers to the curation of the “Dada Futures” exhibit at the UI Museum of Art.

Bonus site: “Dada Futures” exhibit
UIMA@IMU Visual Classroom, Iowa Memorial Union, third floor
125 N. Madison Street, Iowa City

UI Special Collections and the UI Museum of Art have teamed up to present a portrait of the avante garde and anti-materialistic Dada movement and its main players. The exhibit debuted on Jan. 27 and will remain open until Sunday, June 10.


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This article was originally published in Little Village issue 236.

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