Meet the 2021 History Makers

  Michael Allen began wrestling at the age of twelve in McKinstry Middle School in Waterloo, and continued wrestling at East High School and while enrolled at the University of Northern Iowa. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in health and physical education, and a Master’s degree in school administration. […]

History Adventures Online – Underground Railroad

Join Abby and Sophie this week to learn about the Underground Railroad! Explore the lives of Harriet Tubman and Charlotta Pyles, who helped people escape slavery while living in Iowa. Click the image below to download a printable worksheet with activities that will let you dive deeper into this important history.

History Adventures Online – Eyes on the Sky

African American pilot Bessie Coleman said, “The air is the only place free from prejudice.” At the dawn of the 20th century, aviation was new to the world and pilots Bessie Coleman and William J. Powell used flying to dispel discrimination. Learn about these two pioneering aviators and explore the ideas of flight with a […]

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History Adventures Online – Chemistry Connections

In this week’s History Adventures program you’ll get to learn about George Washington Carver and his contributions to science. After the history lesson, Sophie and Abby will lead you through a hands-on chemistry activity: making homemade ice cream! Homemade Ice Cream Ingredients & Materials: 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup whipping cream (heavy cream) 1/4 cup […]

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Join us tomorrow night at the AAMI for Ho Ho Ho in NewBo! We will be staying open late, serving cookies and Hot Chocolate, and have a fun activity for kids!Don't miss our drawing for a special prize!Refreshments and prizes provided by Hy-Vee.We can't wait to see you here!Facebook Event Page: fb.me/e/1RBlY2I2q! ... See MoreSee Less
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The Museum’s annual History Makers Gala serves to highlight not only the achievements of the Museum but of the many African American men and women across the state who positively impact their communities. blackiowa.org/support/donate Your donation today to the Museum’s mission ensures stories like our History Maker’s are told and celebrated.#givingtuesday #blackiowa #accesstoknowledge In October 2021, we honored four influential members in their communities, Mike Allen of Waterloo, Dedric Doolin of Cedar Rapids, Diane Koger of Clive, and Negus Rudison-Imhotep of Des Moines. The entire event can be viewed at: youtu.be/N_arbS-Wbhw ... See MoreSee Less
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Support the AAMI and broaden Iowan's access to knowledge so that our future generations can benefit from lessons learned from our past. blackiowa.org/support/donate#givingtuesday #blackiowa #accesstoknowledge #endlesspossibilitiesThough Iowa had integrated public places in 1884 and had specifically included restaurants and lunch counters in 1892, it wasn’t until Edna Griffin led a series of protests from 1948 to 1949 that the statue was enforced against one discriminatory Iowa business. As Griffin wrote to The Iowa Bystander in 1949, “It is our opinion that when Katz is forced to abide by the Civil Rights Code, other places now discriminating against Negroes in public eating places will quickly fall in line. Experience indicates that court action alone has not and cannot stop Jim Crow because the penalty exacted under the law is not sufficiently heavy.”Learn more about Griffin and stories like this in our permanent exhibit "Endless Possibilities." ... See MoreSee Less
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Support the AAMI and broaden Iowan's access to knowledge so that our future generations can benefit from lessons learned from our past. blackiowa.org/support/donate#givingtuesday #blackiowa #accesstoknowledge #endlesspossibilitiesThough Iowa had integrated public places in 1884 and had specifically included restaurants and lunch counters in 1892, it wasn’t until Edna Griffin led a series of protests from 1948 to 1949 that the statue was enforced against one discriminatory Iowa business. As Griffin wrote to The Iowa Bystander in 1949, “It is our opinion that when Katz is forced to abide by the Civil Rights Code, other places now discriminating against Negroes in public eating places will quickly fall in line. Experience indicates that court action alone has not and cannot stop Jim Crow because the penalty exacted under the law is not sufficiently heavy.”Learn more about Griffin and stories like this in our permanent exhibit "Endless Possibilities." ... See MoreSee Less
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The word redlining is complex. In its simplest form, it is the literal red line drawn on neighborhood maps that held a certain racial and ethnic makeup, deeming them undesirable for investment. Redlining also defines the deeper, more complex issues behind the institutions and biases that created the maps.blackiowa.org/support/donateYour gift to the AAMI ensures that our state's African American history is remembered for generations to come. Learn more about redlining and the legacy of segregation that continues to impact members of the Black community in Iowa in our Temporary exhibit "Mapping Exclusion," on view until August 2022. #givingtuesday #blackiowa #accesstoknowledge ... See MoreSee Less
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