Carrie C. Catt – Iowa’s Champion for Women’s Rights. Growing up in Charles City as a farmer’s daughter, very few people expected Carrie Lane to be a world-changer. But over her 88 years, this ISU graduate became one of the key leaders of the American women’s suffrage movement. Her superb oratory and organizational skills led to ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote in August, 1920.
Fred W. Kent – Continuing the Photographic Tradition. Fred Kent was best known as a versatile and talented photographer who documented everything from family and community life to landscape and natural vistas in Iowa City, continuing the fine tradition begun by Isaac A. Wetherby a generation earlier.
Iowa City – Hawkeyes take the Field. On Iowa! Go Hawks! From the earliest days on campus, sports have always been an important part of student life at the University of Iowa. Visit a small part of that Hawkeye history here, including Nile Kinnick, Iowa’s only Heisman Trophy winner.
SUI Mascots – The Big Three. Over the last 175 years of University of Iowa history – there have been a handful of “official” mascots that have roamed the friendly confines of our campus. Come join us as we offer you a brief overview of what we call, The Big Three: Burch the Bear, Rex the ROTC Dog, and of course, Herky the Hawk.
Iowa Homecoming: Hawkeye-Style. Since 1912, Iowa City has served as the gracious host for an annual gathering of Hawkeye alums, students, faculty and staff – all united to celebrate everything SUI. There’s always a football game, of course, but Iowa Homecoming has so much more. Come down memory lane with us and celebrate over 100+ years of Iowa Homecoming.
The Red Ball Route. The Boller family lived in Henry County from 1896-1966. There were two main highways that we used to connect to the outside world. Here is the story of one of them, The Red Ball Route: a road paved with a lot of rich Iowa history.
Iowa Celebrates: The 1920’s. The Roaring Twenties brought much change to both Iowa City and the State University of Iowa, as the campus and the community expanded to the west side of the Iowa River.
Karl L. King – Iowa’s March King. In 1920, fresh off his gig as director of The Barnum & Bailey Circus Band, Ohio bandsman Karl King, came to Ft. Dodge, Iowa, setting up camp there for fifty-one years. Over that time, King established himself as Iowa’s March King, rivaling even the renowned John Philip Sousa as America’s most prolific composer of marches. In 1921, he helped pass The Iowa Band Law, which opened up opportunities for community bands nationwide.
Duke Slater – Iowa’s All-American Trailblazer. In 1921, Iowa had an All-American football player from Clinton that single-handedly took the Hawkeyes to a mythical national championship. A man cut from the same fabric as Nile Kinnick, Duke Slater has largely been forgotten over the last century, primarily because of his skin color. But no more. Beginning in 2021, the Hawkeyes will be playing on Duke Slater Field in Kinnick Stadium. Come read this amazing man’s story.
An Iowa Classic – George E. Boller. Now it gets personal. My dad, George E. Boller, was a Hawkeye at heart. From his first visit to Iowa Field (1926) at age 5, to his dying days, he was always proud to be a Hawkeye.
The Boyers – The Rock Island & Trenton, MO. The Rock Island Railroad played a big part in our Boller history. Read more about my grandfather, William Hollis Boyer, his home of Trenton, MO, and the Rock Island Railroad.
May 11, 1921 – One Hundred Years Ago Today. Happy 100th Birthday, George E. Boller. Here’s my tip of the old hat to Dad, written on May 11, 2021.
The Daily Iowan. Any Boller story has to include a tip of the hat to The Daily Iowan, the long-standing University of Iowa student newspaper that employed both me and my dad.
Political Cartooning and The Rich Iowa Tradition. From the mid-19th century to the early 21st century, Iowa artists have been using the tool of political cartooning to confirm the old saying – “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Join us as we tip the hat to five Iowans who have excelled at giving us a chuckle while helping us digest the seriousness of world and local events.
Thomas Nast – The Father of Political Cartooning. In honor of Thomas Nast, we’ve combined our Christmastime short story, The Christmas Eve Santa Came To Iowa, with eighteen of Nast’s yuletide illustrations from the latter part of the 19th century. Nast was the American artist who gave us icons like the Democratic donkey, the Republican elephant, and Uncle Sam – first offering us his vision of St. Nicholas as early as 1863, drawing him as the jolly, round-bellied and white-bearded elf we all recognize today. Click here to read our Christmastime short story.
Ding Darling & Herbert Hoover – Two Iowa Friends. In 1919, Ding Darling, The Des Moines Register political cartoonist, met an up-n-coming public servant named Herbert Hoover. Over the next forty-three years these two men became close friends despite all their many differences. One pursued politics while the other won two Pulitzer Prizes for his editorial work poking fun at politicians.