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University of Iowa News Release

June 18, 2003

UI Archaeologist To Speak About Coralville History June 25

Bill Whittaker, an archaeologist with the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist, will share the rich history of Coralville's mills with the Johnson County Historical Society Wednesday, June 25 at noon at the Iowa River Power Company Restaurant.

Near the restaurant site in Coralville, 19th century entrepreneurs constructed a series of mills, which bore witness to the creation of early Iowa's political system, a horrific industrial accident and the beginnings of Iowa's electrical system. Whittaker will discuss the history of the mills, beginning with Samuel Kirkwood's flour mill and ending with the creation of Iowa's first hydroelectric power plant, which heralded a new industrial era when water power was replaced by electric power.

This event is a fundraiser for the Johnson County Historical Society. The cost for meal, beverage and tip is $12. Advance reservations and payment are required. Those interested should send checks to JCHS, History for Lunch, PO Box 5081, Coralville, IA 52241. For more information call 319-351-5738

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, Program: Lynn Alex, Office of the State Archaeologist, 319-384-0561