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April 11, 2008

Pentacrest Museums to host Family Weekend April 19-20

The University of Iowa's Old Capitol Museum and UI Museum of Natural History will hold their annual Family Weekend Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20.

The Old Capitol Museum will present a new activity, a poetry and book-making workshop, at 1 p.m. April 19 that focuses on the UI's reputation as "The Writing University" and connects with the museum's current exhibition, "A Community of Writers: Creative Writing at the University of Iowa." Iowa Writers' Workshop poetry students Michael Judd, Lucas Bernhardt, Elizabeth Cunningham and postgraduate fellow Michael Anichini will discuss the poetry writing process and lead a writing exercise. Participants can then include their poems in a self-made book during a 2 p.m. session led by UI Center for the Book student Claire Ritz. All materials will be provided.

In conjunction with the "From Prairies to Cornfields" exhibit at the Old Capitol Museum, local children's book authors William Hosford, Anne Ylvisaker and Jill Esbaum will read from their latest titles 3 p.m. April 20 at the Old Capitol Museum. Hosford is an author, artist and photographer who wrote and illustrated "Geo the Geode" and "ABalloonC." Ylvisaker, the author of "Dear Papa" and "Little Klein," was granted the 2005 McKnight Artist/Fellowship Award in Children's Literature. Esbaum is an Iowa native and the author of "Ste-e-e-e-eamboat A-Comin'!" and "Estelle Takes a Bath." Art and writing activities are planned after the reading.

The Museum of Natural History will have several activities all weekend, including hands-on arts and crafts, storytelling and more. On April 19 at 2 p.m., Don Johnson, "The Fossil Guy," will present a lecture on "Laura, the Juvenile Duck-billed Dinosaur." Children and adults can touch real fossil bones, teeth, claws, and even an egg from a number of different duck-billed dinosaurs.

At 1:30 p.m. April 20 there will be a special viewing of "America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie" at the Museum of Natural History. The film explores the changing landscape of the American prairie from the time prior to settlement leading up through the 1900s. It details the loss of prairie land to farmland, explores social changes affecting Native Americans, and describes environmental preservation efforts.

For more information, contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548 or the Museum of Natural History at 319-335-0606. For museum hours, see the UI Museum of Natural History Web site and the Old Capitol Museum Web site

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

CONTACTS: Kathrine Moermond, Old Capitol Museum, 319-335-0548,; Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,