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Release: Oct. 4, 2002

Symposium to celebrate 10 years of Iowa Women's Archives

Louise Noun made history through her activism, her publications, and as a founder of the Iowa Women's Archives (IWA) with Mary Louise Smith. The symposium marking the 10th anniversary of the IWA, "Making Women's History," which will be held at the UI Nov. 15-16, will be dedicated to the memory of Noun, who died Aug. 23.

"Thanks to Louise Noun, Iowa has an incredible resource for studying women's history in the 19th and 20th centuries," said Archives curator Kären Mason. In its ten years of existence, the IWA has gathered letters, diaries, photographs, oral histories and other materials illuminating the lives of women in Iowa. "The symposium will be a chance for us to celebrate this wonderful resource, and the gift that Louise Noun made to the state of Iowa a decade ago by creating a $1.5 million endowment for the archives," added Mason.

Her final book, a biography of the Iowa suffragist Annie Savery, will be published to coincide with the symposium.

The deadline for early registration for the symposium is Nov. 1. To register, call (319) 335-4039 or visit Registration for the event is $40 if postmarked by Nov. 1, $50 after Nov.1. Students are admitted free with student identification. Meals cost $35.

Gerda Lerner, professor emerita of history at the University of Wisconsin, will give the keynote address, which is free and open to the public. Lerner's pioneering scholarship and activism was instrumental in shaping the field of women's history. Her speech, "Archives and Women's History," begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 in Shambaugh Auditorium.

Symposium events begin at 9 a.m. Nov. 15 and continue through 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Discussion will center on Iowa's rural women, political activists, and African-American women. The luncheon address on Saturday, Nov. 16 will be presented by Christine Grant, the longtime director of women's intercollegiate athletics at the University of Iowa, on the topic "Why the History of Women and Sport Matters."