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 […]

History Adventures Online – Super Soaked

Learn about Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker! After AAMI education interns Sophie and Abby lead a history lesson, they’ll show you how to make your own simple water sprayer using a plastic water bottle and a thumbtack*. After you learn about the science behind the Super Soaker, you’ll have a chance to have […]

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Activist Alexander Clark laid the groundwork for school desegregation nationwide when he challenged the Muscatine Board of School Directors for his daughter Susan’s admission into the then-segregated Grammar School No. 2, ultimately leading to an Iowa Supreme Court decision that desegregated schools statewide. As he wrote to the Muscatine Journal in 1867, “[M]y personal object is that my children attend where they can receive the largest and best advantages of learning.”

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Support the AAMI this Giving Tuesday to ensure Iowa’s own civil rights history is remembered for generations to come. Learn more about Clark and other stories like this in our permanent exhibit "Endless Possibilities."

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Okpara Rice, one of our 2020 History Makers, is a community change agent in his leadership role at Tanager Place as its President and CEO. He has made a positive impact in the human service arena, affecting the lives of children and families. Your donation today to the Museum’s mission ensures stories like his are told and celebrated.

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Each year, the African American Museum of Iowa convenes it's annual History Makers Gala in an effort to honor leaders from across the state and share an overview of the Museum’s recent accomplishments. The event continues to grow every year.

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Dr. Sharon A. Collins, one of our 2020 History Makers, is a Cedar Rapids community trailblazer and owner of Collins Wellness Center. She has made a positive impact in pediatric and holistic health in the lives of her patients. Your contribution today to the Museum’s mission ensures stories like hers continue to be told and celebrated.

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The Museum’s History Makers Gala recognizes the contributions of Iowa’s African American leaders, is the Museum’s largest annual fundraiser, and brings together audiences from across the state of Iowa and beyond.

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Alicia Monee is a musical theater actor and singer, who has been featured in several local productions. Combined with her powerful vocals, her rendition of Sam Cooke's classic hit, "A Change is Gonna Come," made a lasting impression during the History Makers Gala. Your gift today allows the Museum to continue capturing African American history as it is made.

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The Museum’s annual History Makers Gala has always been an opportunity to share the Museum’s accomplishments during the last year and highlight the achievements of statewide African American leaders. Making the event virtual because of the pandemic also allowed for the addition of some inspirational performances from local artists.

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The Museum will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 to give our team time to celebrate Thanksgiving. We will reopen with regular hours on Saturday, November 28. ... See MoreSee Less

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