RAGBRAI news team
Fri, Dec 14, 2012 | by Lucas GrundmeierShare
A new exhibit at the State Historical Building will feature the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa as part of the state’s cycling history, officials announced Friday night.
The exhibition will open in summer 2013 and “will highlight RAGBRAI as one of Iowa’s iconic traditions, largest cultural events and biggest economic drivers,” according to a news release.
RAGBRAI XLI will be held July 21-27, 2013. The overnight towns will be announced Jan. 26.
Here is a news release on the cycling exhibit and other announcements from a Friday night gala for the State Historical Museum:
With Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds as honorary chairs, the State Historical Building 25th Anniversary Gala tonight surpassed attendance and fundraising goals.
More than 650 people attended the gala, which raised nearly $150,000 from individuals and organizations to support new exhibits and programs at the State Historical Museum. The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs coordinated the event with support from Gala Presenting Partners Frantz-Hobart Management Services, Hy-Vee, John Deere, MidAmerican Energy and Musco Lighting. In all, more than 70 sponsors and food partners supported the event.
“Tonight, we honor the past 25 years while creating a new path that will rebuild exhibits and programming at the State Historical Museum,” DCA Director Mary Cownie said. “The level of support we received tonight shows how much Iowans care about the history of our state, how it is preserved and, ultimately, how it is presented for all to learn and enjoy. We are thankful to Governor Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Legislature for their leadership and support, and I’d also like to thank our sponsors, food partners and tonight’s attendees for joining us to support Iowa history and education.”
Proceeds from the gala will help the State Historical Museum rebuild exhibitions and reinvigorate programming to meet the challenges posed by advances in technology, information and communications over the past 25 years.
As part of the event’s activities, Governor Branstad reflected on the State Historical Building’s 25th anniversary and announced two new major exhibitions will open during the next two years.
“We are celebrating this milestone and are generating support for renovations and additional improvements that will enable us to showcase Iowa history for the next 25 years and beyond,” Governor Branstad said. “The State Historical Museum has already opened exhibits (Saving Our Stuff and Iowa and the Civil War: Nothing But Victory) and is refreshing educational programming, and has great momentum to become a valuable resource for all Iowans.”
In announcing the two new exhibitions, Governor Branstad was joined by an executive from The Des Moines Register and a member from one of two iconic Iowa families involved in the movie theater industry.
Information about the two exhibitions and the announcement follows:
• Riding into History – Des Moines Register Vice President, Marketing & Strategy Kurt Allen joined Governor Branstad to announce this exhibition will open at the State Historical Museum in Summer 2013. Riding into History will showcase artifacts, stories, photos and videos that reflect the cycling experience in Iowa. Moreover, this exhibition will highlight RAGBRAI as one of Iowa’s iconic traditions, largest cultural events and biggest economic drivers.
• Hollywood in the Heartland – Governor Branstad was joined by Judy Blank to announce Hollywood in the Heartland will open in Spring 2014. The Blank family, along with the family of Robert Fridley, represents a rich theater history in Iowa and will be invaluable resources to the Museum as the exhibition comes to fruition for all Iowans to experience. Hollywood in the Heartland stems from a State Historic Preservation Office survey that documents Iowa’s historic theaters and connections to the film industry in Hollywood.
In addition, Lt. Governor Reynolds announced the following three museum exhibits opened tonight in conjunction with the Gala:
• 25 Objects from Iowa – This exhibit displays 25 artifacts from the State Historical Museum’s permanent collection, each representing one year of the past 25 years. Artifacts range from the Villisca Axe used in Iowa’s most notorious – and unsolved – crime to a watercolor created by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist J.N. “Ding” Darling (1876-1962).
• 99 County – This interactive exhibit engages audiences of all ages with a touch screen to peruse historical and cultural information in all 99 Iowa counties. Information about Iowa’s historic sites and National Register of Historic Places is included, as well as information about where State Historical Museum artifacts originated.
• Iowa History IQ – This interactive exhibit offers 25 questions about objects, documents and photographs in the State Historical Museum collection. It is targeted to people of all ages and will be available to teachers as a classroom resource via the Internet in the future. The exhibit will be updated and sustained indefinitely.
“These new exhibits, as well as new learning opportunities, are giving our State Historical Museum tremendous momentum,” Lt. Governor Reynolds said. “They represent a significant step forward as we strive to showcase the state of Iowa’s collections while providing a one-of-a-kind destination and resource for students, life-long learners and all Iowans to learn and feel proud about Iowa’s rich history.”
The State Historical Museum offers tours of its permanent collection, which is held in a climate-controlled “vault” beneath the State Historical Building. To schedule a tour, contact Sarah Macht at 515-242-5193.
More information about the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the State Historical Museum can be found at www.culturalaffairs.org or www.iowahistory.org.
Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of STYX and the lead singer and writer on seven of the bands eight Top Ten Hits. His live concert showcases all the STYX ...
Want to ride with us all week for RAGBRAI XLIII? The deadline for registration is April 1, just under a week away.
The deadline to register online as a weeklong rider for this year’s RAGBRAI is midnight, April 1.
During a driving vacation out west, I noticed the popularity of bumper-attached bicycle and luggage racks. Are there any rules with these?
The definitive guide to how riders will get fed and cooled off (oh, and maybe see some important stuff) during RAGBRAI XLIII.
RAGBRAI director T.J. Juskiewicz previews the 8 towns that the ride has never visited.
RAGBRAI Coralville organizers are excited to announce that Cheap Trick presented by Two Rivers Bank and Trust is scheduled to perform at the RAGBRAI overnight celebration in the Iowa River ...
Lights, Camera, Action! Get ready for a night of glitz, glamour and Lycra during our Hollywood-themed visit to Coralville!
RAGBRAI XLIII's full route and more details to be published HERE on Sunday
RAGBRAI XLIII is still five months away but that is no reason not to think about getting on your bike and starting your preparation. I don’t know what the weather ...
RAGBRAI director TJ Juskiewicz points out highlights of the pass-through towns along the route cyclists will follow July 19 to 25, 2015.
RAGBRAI director T.J. Juskiewicz previews the 8 towns that the ride has never touched.
Tune in to RAGBRAI.com this weekend to be the first to know the details of this year's route. RAGBRAI director TJ Juskiewicz shares when the rookie pass through towns, full route map will be announced.
RAGBRAI director TJ Juskiewicz annouces the 2015 overnight towns. Ride will start in Sioux City and end in Davenport.
The Register's Kyle Munson and Michael Morain attempt to get an early look at the 2015 RAGBRAI route
We are excited to reveal our new logo for RAGBRAI XLIII and 2015! If you join us on our ride across the state next year, you’ll be sure to see welcoming Iowans, lots of farmland and… well you’ll just have to watch the video to find out.
Bicyclist Shawn Gosch of Onawa was hit and killed June 20, 2014, by a motorist on Iowa Highway 7 west of Manson. Under Iowa law, the driver of the vehicle was charged with a misdemeanor for unsafe passing and fined little more than $1,550.
Look back on the ride of 2014 in this video highlight reel.
A group of friends from Canada spent the week on RAGBRAI and recount their best moments.
As RAGBRAI XLII comes to an end, friends from California talk about the emotion behind dipping their tires into the Mississippi River at the end of the ride.
Find us socially
Sign up for the latest RAGBRAI news and notes (if there is no news in a day, you won’t get an e-mail).