Entries by Jennifer Beall

Z 102.9 Community Spotlight

Earlier this month Communications Associate Jennifer Beall did a Community Spotlight interview with Z 102.9’s Eric Hanson. Listen below to learn about our upcoming October events! This interview originally aired on Sunday, September 22.

Get to Know Dr. Simon Estes

Dr. Simon Estes will be the Lifetime Achievement Honoree at our annual History Makers Gala on October 3. Get your tickets today to be part of this special event. Born in Centerville, Iowa, in 1932, Dr. Simon Estes first singing experience came at age eight when he performed with the choir in Centerville’s Second Baptist […]

Meet the 2019 History Makers

  Lorinda L. Ampey is a vital leader in the community as the Director of Programming and Outreach at the Boys & Girls Club. She is living her dream working with youth and upholding the promise she made to herself after a very traumatic school experience. Lorinda’s promise was that if she ever had the […]

Brianna Kim Celebrates Six Years at the AAMI

This month we’re celebrating Brianna Kim’s sixth year as a member of the AAMI staff! Brianna joined the Museum’s team as a curator in August 2013. In that role, she curated three of our past exhibits: Behind the Beat, Products of a Creative Mind,  and Mightier than the Sword. Not only did she plan and research these […]

Collections Corner: The Topsy-Turvy Doll

This article by Curator Felicite Wolfe was originally published in the Summer 2017 edition of the Iowa Griot, the AAMI’s member publication. A unique piece of folk art with an uncertain past, the Topsy-Turvy doll has become subject to debate and controversy among historians. In its simplest form, the doll has two heads with their […]

AAMI To Participate in Blue Star Museums

This summer, the African American Museum of Iowa announces it will join museums nationwide in participating in the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families. The 2019 program will begin earlier than in past years, launching on Saturday, May 18, 2019, […]

Juneteenth Entertainment Announcement

The AAMI is excited to announce the main stage entertainment for our 2019 Juneteenth celebration. Our largest free event, this annual program will be held at Viola Gibson Park in Cedar Rapids on June 15 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. In addition to the main stage performers, attendees will be able to enjoy local […]