Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bur Oak Books—Call for Proposals

Readers of this blog know that we’re in love with the natural beauty and diversity of the Midwest, and we’re devoted to its human history as well. Many of the books, recipes, and photographs we feature here come from our Bur Oaks Books series and our Bur Oak Guides.

And we’re always looking for new book projects on the natural and cultural history of Iowa and the upper Midwest. If you’ve got a manuscript in the works in this area, please consider the University of Iowa Press as a publisher. You can find more information about what kind of projects we are interested in and proposal guidelines on our website.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Museums and Events in Iowa

Wondering what to do on these chilly winter days? A bookstore is always our favorite home away from home, but museums are a great choice, too.

If you’re here in eastern Iowa where we are, check out the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. Its current exhibit is “Behind the Beat,” on the history of African American music, and it also features a permanent exhibit on the history of the state’s African American population. Its mission is to be the leading statewide resource on African American history and preserve the history of African Americans in Iowa.

African American Museum of Iowa
Location: 55 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
Hours: 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday

If you’re on the western side of the state, Sioux City offers two great places to spend a few hours and learn something about Iowa history: the Sioux City Public Museum and the Sergeant Floyd River Museum & Welcome Center. The Public Museum is downtown and features hands-on and interactive exhibits. Located on a dry-docked steamboat, the Sergeant Floyd offers Missouri River history.

Sioux City Public Museum
Location: 607 4th St., Sioux City, IA
Hours: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. Sunday

Sergeant Floyd River Museum
Location: 1000 Larsen Park Rd, Sioux City, IA

Hours: 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. daily (except major holidays)