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State Historical Society of Iowa’s mobile museum hitting North Iowa this summer
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State Historical Society of Iowa’s mobile museum hitting North Iowa this summer

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The State Historical Society of Iowa's "History on the Move" mobile museum visited Osage in September 2019 during the Autumn Artistry event at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds. 

Later this summer, North Iowa residents will have a chance to learn some Iowa history within the confines of a custom-built Winnebago

According to a press release from the State Historical Society of Iowa, the mobile museum is making its way to Britt from Aug. 6-8, during Hobo Days, with a feature called "Iowa History 101: Iowa’s People & Places."

The release then went on to say that the mobile museum is being "packed with 56 artifacts and videos that explore 13,000 years of Iowa history, from its earliest residents to those who call it home today."

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From now through 2023, the release said that the museum will hit all 99 counties in Iowa, which is similar to a trip made from 2017 through 2019.

"Our first statewide tour was an enormous success, and Iowans let us know they wanted this traveling museum to keep rolling with another exhibition," State Historical Society of Iowa Administrator Susan Kloewer said. "We're eager to take this history experience back on the road and to share more stories with Iowans.”

The new museum will include items such as: a token from the Hudson Bay Company from Dubuque County in 1800, an election ticket from 1860, a University of Iowa pennant from Edward Carter of Monroe County, who was the first Black American to get a medical degree from the University of Iowa, in 1907, and a flight suit worn by astronaut Peggy Whitson of Beaconsfield.

Jared McNett covers local government for the Globe Gazette. You can reach him at Jared.McNett@globegazette.com or by phone at 641-421-0527. Follow Jared on Twitter at @TwoHeadedBoy98.

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