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University of Iowa News Release

March 25, 2003

Alex To Speak On Teaching Iowa History April 5

Lynn M. Alex, public archaeology coordinator with the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist (UI-OSA), will travel to Waterloo on Saturday, April 5, to speak to the Iowa History Forum. Her presentation, "Teaching Trunks for Iowa History and Culture," begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Grout Museum of History and Science in Waterloo as part of the daylong event. Julianne Hoyer, archivist at UI-OSA, will present a special exhibit of publications and materials on Iowa archaeology prepared by the UI-OSA.

The History Forum, sponsored annually by the State Historical Society of Iowa, engages both amateurs and professionals in the study of Iowa history. This year sessions will feature topics that reflect the history and culture of Waterloo and the interests of the Grout Museum--African American history, Iowa Veterans, and the integration of Iowa history into the K-12 curriculum.

Those attending the Forum must pay a $25.00 registration fee. Registration forms may be downloaded from or For more information contact the Grout Museum of History and Science at 319-234-6357.

A research unit at the UI, the Office of the State Archaeologist coordinates public involvement in archaeology statewide through such means as teacher workshops, school and conservation center programs, and support of the Iowa Archeological Society. The office also maintains a database of more than 21,000 archaeological sites in Iowa along with related photos and research material.

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: Grout Museum of History and Science at 319-234-6357 or Lynn Alex, 319-384-0561,