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State Historical Society Building, Des Moines.

The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) serves as the official historical repository for the state of Iowa and also provides grants, public education, and outreach about Iowa history and archaeology. The SHSI maintains several historic sites in Iowa, as well as a museum, library, archives, and research center in Des Moines and a research library in Iowa City. It was founded in 1857 in Iowa City, where it was first affiliated with the University of Iowa. As the organization grew in size and collections, it became a separate state agency headquartered near the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines.[1][2]


SHSI publications

The SHSI currently publishes Iowa Heritage Illustrated (formerly the Palimpsest) and the Annals of Iowa. In the past it published the Goldfinch, the Iowa Journal of History and Politics, and the Iowa Historical Record.[3] It also currently produces an e-newsletter, the Iowa Historian.[4]

State and federal regulation

The SHSI is part of the Iowa Department of Cultural affairs, both organizations coordinate the Iowa Historic Preservation Office, this is the designated State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), which reviews state and federally-mandated laws and regulations relating to historic and archaeological work.[5]

SHSI Historic Sites

See also


  1. ^ Shambaugh (1907) A Brief History of the State Historical Society of Iowa, 1857-1907, Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa.
  2. ^ State Historical Society of Iowa,
  3. ^ State Historical Society Publications,
  4. ^ Iowa Historian
  5. ^ Iowa State Historic Preservation Office,

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