Iowa State Historical Mobile Museum to be Included at Storm Lake Kids Fest This Year

The State Historical Museum of Iowa’s Mobile Museum will be on hand for the Storm Lake Kids Fest celebration.

The Mobile Museum will be among a few new attractions at Kids Fest this year on Sunday, June 25th from noon to 3pm at Awaysis Park. The museum, and all other activities, will be free for everyone to enjoy. The exhibition “Iowa History 101 : People and Places” features several rare artifacts including…

  • a Meskwaki cradleboard from the 1800s, a frame used in combination with a beaded wrap to protect infants
  • knitting needles used by Jane Kirkwood of Iowa City to aid soldiers during the Civil War and World War I
  • a birchbark lunchbox used by a child in the 1870s – the time Storm Lake was being founded
  • women’s suffrage materials including the pen Gov. William Harding of Sibley used to sign Iowa’s 19th Amendment bill, as part of the national effort to ensure women’s right to vote
  • a University of Iowa pennant owned by Edward Carter of Monroe County, the first African American to get a medical degree from the University of Iowa
  • a NASA-issued, flight suit worn by record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson of Beaconsfield
  • photographs of Iowans from across the state

Buena Vista County Historical Society members will be hosts at the Mobile Museum while it is at Awaysis Park. The exhibit will be open additional hours during the weekend as staffing is available.

Kids Fest is co-sponsored by the City of Storm Lake and King’s Pointe Resort. The event offers lots of fun, games, and educational opportunities for children. Attendance for last year’s inaugural Kids Fest exceeded one-thousand.