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Civil War flags, family history highlight annual history conference

Tuesday, March 6, 2001

A rare chance to see portions of Iowa's Civil War battle flag collection will highlight the annual history conference sponsored by the State Historical Society of Iowa next month in Des Moines.

"You can read about these flags but there's no substitute for seeing the real item up close, bullet holes and all, especially now that our state is undertaking a major restoration effort," said Society administrator Tom Morain.

Amateur and professional historians are invited to the all-day conference, called Iowa History Forum, on April 7 at the Historical Building in Des Moines. Walk-in registrations are welcome but those wishing a catered lunch must register no later than March 16.

The session on Civil War flags is one of 28 seminars that Forum participants may choose. The seminars are divided into six time slots, with a seventh devoted to a curator's tour of the Society's largest new exhibit in a decade, "A Few of Our Favorite Things: 100 Creations of the 20th Century."

Dozens of Iowa's Civil War battle flags are being restored at the Historical Building. Thanks to a new state program, two experts have begun the process of preventing further deterioration and researching the background of each flag. The experts will explain the process and answer questions during Forum.

Read the rest of this story in the 3/3 Pilot Tribune.