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UI Libraries open new exhibit on The Black Hawk War

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Libraries present Black Hawk and the Black Hawk War 1832, a new exhibition on view in the special collections department through Jan. 31, 1998.

While the Back Hawk War of 1832 was a minor affair in the history to the United States, the event is important to Iowa's history. As a result of the conflict the Sauk and Fox Indians had to give to the U.S. government a 50-mile wide tract of land on the west side of the Mississippi in present-day Iowa. After 1832, white settlers poured in to the Hawkeye State.

The exhibition includes books about the war and about Black Hawk (1776 - 1838), the Sauk warrior; various editions of Black Hawk's autobiography; works on Abraham Lincoln's service in the conflict; and captivity narrative or stories of settlers captured by Indians.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. The special collections department is located on the 3rd floor of the Main Library. For further information, call (319) 335-5921.