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
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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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
Here’s a brief description and then an update on developments for the preservation of an major Native American site here in northwest Iowa. Written by Jen Bancescu, State Historic Sites Manager, State Historical Society of Iowa: Elevating the Unique Heritage of Blood Run National Historic Landmark — Medium
Here is a call from historian Tyler Priest of the University of Iowa that, if accurate, is alarming. See what you think: Iowa history is at risk
This post by David H. Montgomery in the St. Paul Pioneer Press seems a reasonable working definition about what is included in the Midwest. Historically, though, the Midwest has moved around, as have just about all the major regions have: Let’s settle it: This is what makes up the Midwest – Twin Cities