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Siouxland and the Sioux

9 Oct

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

“So what’s the story of the Sioux?” she asks me. The question comes whistling out of the blue, or so it seems, and catches me off guard. “What do you mean?” I say. “I mean, I see the name all over the place—Sioux Falls, Sioux Center, Sioux City, Sioux County…so where are they? I don’t see many …

Read more of Brian Keepers’ post, and my comments on it, here at The Twelve: The Question She Asked Me – THE TWELVE

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Pietist “Communism”: The Amana Colonies

6 Jul

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

Historian and self-identified Pietist Christian Chris Gehrz has finally made a visit to the Amana Colonies in Iowa. The trip was long overdue. Read his post on his visit here: Pietist “Communism”: The Amana Colonies – The Pietist Schoolman

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The island

5 Jul

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

Amie Adams, a former student of mine, has written a wonderful reflective piece about an Iowa place dear to hear. Read it here at Topology Magazine: The island | Topology Magazine

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One Sloppy Land Surveyor Almost Caused a “War” Between Missouri and Iowa

27 Mar

In 1839, the outcome of the “Honey War” hinged on the exact location of the Missouri-Iowa border. Sarah Laskow concisely details the developments at Atlas Obscura: One Sloppy Land Surveyor Almost Caused a War Between Missouri and Iowa | Atlas Obscura

My Mom Grew Up in a Utopian Colony in Iowa

21 Sep

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

From my hometown of Toronto the drive to Amana, the dismantled utopian colony in Iowa, is 13 hours. I made it often in childhood, stuck in the backseat of my parent’s car, running batteries dead in my portable tape player, wondering if the long trip to a weird religious community was worth it.

But always, there was relief after we crossed the Mississippi river into the green rolling hills of my mother’s home state. “I feel better once I’m in Iowa,” she has said so often that I’ve come to believe it too. Most familiar of all to her is Amana, where she grew up, and where postcards of our family are still sold in the General Store: my great grandpa in front of a truck circa 1918, cousins hiking by the Iowa river, an aunt sorting cabbages.

If Amana sounds familiar it may be because it’s the name of…

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Why Religious History is Essential to a Thriving Democracy

3 Aug

Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids, IA is the oldest standing mosque in North America. It was built in 1934. Photo via mothermosque.org.

Acquaintance John Fea, a historian at Messiah College, has a nice essay on American religious history at the American Association for State and Local History. You can read it here: Why Religious History is Essential to a Thriving Democracy | AASLH Blogs

Iowa History v. Legend: Remembering (the real) Kate Shelley

6 Jul

Late in the afternoon of July 6, 1881, heavy, black clouds rolled up from the horizon and the gloom, presaging a violent storm, swept over…

Source: Remembering (the real) Kate Shelley — Medium

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