Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In celebration of Black History Month, Old Capitol Museum is hosting a traveling exhibit from the African American Museum of Iowa as well as talks and educational programming. The exhibit, “Unconditional Loyalty: The Military Service of African Americans,” remains open until Sunday, March 3.

This traveling exhibit showcases Iowa’s African-American military heroes and heroines from the Revolutionary War to today. Among the featured include the 60th U.S. Colored Troops, the Buffalo Soldiers, women in the military, Iowa’s World War I training camps, and the Tuskegee Airmen.

Other upcoming events:

  • Old Capitol Museum will host a free screening of the film Glory at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in the Macbride Hall Auditorium.
  • Talk with Humanities Iowa speaker Hal Chase will discuss “Beyond Racism: The Civil War, Emancipation, and the continuing struggle for a new birth of freedom,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Senate Chamber.
  • Talk with Humanities Iowa speaker David Cannon will give a talk on “Iowans who fought against the Union,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

Currently on display is the Civil War exhibit “Gone to See the Elephant: The Civil War through the Eyes of Iowa Soldiers.” This exhibit, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, shows the important role of Iowa during the war, and includes artifacts, documents, and ongoing educational programming through May.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. For more information on the UI Pentacrest Museums and Old Capitol Museum, visit or call 319-335-0548.