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Release: Aug. 7, 2001
UI State Fair exhibit features Wettach photos, prehistoric artifacts
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Artifacts and icons will tell the story of Iowa's communities
and people at the University of Iowa's State Fair booth, whose theme this
year is "Building Communities From Border to Border." Artifacts
from prehistoric ruins, A.M. "Pete" Wettach photos of mid 20th Century
farm life and Iowa's Big Ten Basketball Tournament Championship trophies will
be featured at the booth, Varied Industries Building, Aug. 9 to 19 in Des
The UI exhibit is located at the southwest end of the Varied Industries Building
on the fairgrounds. Fair hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Visitors to the UI booth can imagine community life from prehistoric days
to the early 20th Century as they view 800- to 1,000-year old artifacts from
an O'Brien County excavation site, one of 20,000 sites uncovered by the Office
of the State Archeologist in Iowa. These sites range from single finds of
ancient Ice Age hunting tools to entire town sites of Euro-American and African-American
pioneers and settlers in Iowa.
Wettach, a 1935 employee of the Farm Security Administration, captures Iowa's
mid-20th Century rural community life in a series of photos on display at
the UI booth. These valuable photos went unnoticed until 1999, when staff
from the UI's Institute for Rural and Environmental Health discovered some
of Wettach's images that had once been used for an academic presentation.
Big Ten Basketball Championship Tournament trophies will also be on display
and Herky the Hawk will visit the booth Aug. 18. Visitors can get a temporary
tiger hawk tattoo and smile and wave at the webcam while friends and family
view their images on UI's web site at www.uiowa.edu/statefair.
The site also lists the activity schedule at the UI booth.
Health Iowa and College of Public Health will provide body fat checks and
screenings for lung function and blood pressure. The University Hygienic Lab
will present "What's Bugs Got to Do With It?" and provide science
tables for kids. And visitors can use an on-site computer to access the UI's
new website, Community Partnership and Outreach, at http://www.uiowa.edu/outreach/.
The site lists a variety of UI resources available to communities across
Athletic schedules, posters and a variety of informational brochures will
be available at the UI booth, and admissions staff, volunteers and site coordinators
will be on hand to assist fairgoers.
UI units participating in this year's State Fair include the Alumni Association;
Athletic Department; College of Public Health; Health Iowa; Office of Admissions;
Office of the State Archaeologist; University Hygienic Lab and University
Relations. UI's neighboring booths in the Varied Industries Building are UI
Health Care and Iowa Hawk Shop. Fairground transportation will be provided
for free on tram cars sponsored in part by the UI.
For more information about the 2001 Iowa State Fair, visit the official web
site at http://www.iowastatefair.com.