Save Iowa History Petition – Launched on March 22, 2015.
Save Iowa History Alliance, SHSI White Paper, March 2016 – Details and factsheet on the threat to the State Historical Society of Iowa.
“Talk of Iowa” with Charity Nebbe, Iowa Public Radio, March 24, 2016 – Hour-long program devoted to the State Historical Society of Iowa controversy, with Save Iowa History Alliance members, Tyler Priest, Tim Walch, and John Liepa.
On behalf of all Iowans and others interested in the history of the greater Midwest, the Save Iowa History Alliance makes the following requests of the governor, legislature, and DCA:
1) PROVIDE sufficient and transparent funding to enable library and archive staff to conserve, process, and manage the SHSI’s valuable collections and acquire new ones. Ensure that the research centers remain open to the public during regular business hours at least five days per week.
2) PROTECT the precious SHSI collections of Iowa history against degradation, dispersion, and de-accessioning. The DCA’s plans to renovate and reduce the size of the Des Moines State Historical Building, and its woeful neglect of its Iowa City research center, present an immediate threat to the survival and accessibility of collections. Give top priority to safeguarding the contents of the state’s history before allocating tax dollars that put them in jeopardy.
3) PRESERVE the institutional integrity of the SHSI by allowing the research centers, historic preservation office, museum, historic sites, and educational programs to interact together to serve Iowans.