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Civil War Monument, Iowa Capitol Grounds

Current Programs

Meetings usually consist of a social hour, dinner, and program. Anyone may attend the program free of charge, but regular attenders are requested to pay membership dues to defray costs. Most events are held at The Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, 11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale, Iowa. The restaurant is near the intersection of I-80/35 and Hickman Road and offers free parking. The meeting room is to the left of the front door. Here is a typical evening schedule:

5:30 p.m. -- Cash Bar Opens
6:30 p.m. -- Dinner by Reservation
7:15 p.m. -- Program Begins

DINNER RESERVATIONS -- Click here

PROGRAM CHAIRPERSON -- Contact John Liepa at 515-961-8539

PAST PROGRAMS -- Click here for a partial list

Fall 2016 Campaign

September 7
"Varina Davis" -- Sandi Swift, St. Charles, Missouri Re-Enactor

October 5
"Agent of Mercy: The Untold Story of Dr. Archibald S. Maxwell, Civil War Surgeon" -- George Maxwell, Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 2
"Juggernaut: How Iowa Republicans Used Confederates from Iowa to Win the Propaganda War" -- David Connon, Des Moines Civil War Roundtable

December
No Meeting

Spring 2017 Campaign

January 18
"Lincoln Must Die," Alan Kirshen, Des Moines Civil War Roundtable

February 15
"Rafael Semmes and the 'Alabama': Pirates or Patriots?" -- Roberta and Lydon Swartzendruber, Des Moines Civil War Round Table

March 15
"Civil War Medicine" -- John Duggan, Mason City, Iowa, and John Bonner, Vincent, Iowa, Re-enactors

April 19
"Baseball's Origins: Reaching Iowa, and the Role of the Civil War" -- John Liepa, Des Moines Civil War Round Table
NOTE: Collection viewing, dinner and program to be held at the Cub Club, Principal Park, Des Moines

May 17
"Women in the Civil War" -- Pippa White, Lincoln, Nebraska

June 21
Information to Come

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