(C-0156) Christmas Greeting from the Old Capitol Restoration Committee – circa 1970’s. In 1970, the university undertook a six-year interior renovation of Old Capitol, restoring it back to its original condition as a government building in the 1850s, and for use as a state historical museum. It was declared a National Historic Landmark on January 7, 1976 and reopened to the public on the nation’s bicentennial, July 4, 1976.
(M-0086) July 4, 1976 – Old Capitol Re-dedication Commemorative Key. A special full-size commemorative key (just like the original that was used on the front doors of Old Cap) was produced to celebrate the re-opening. We enjoy placing this key on our Christmas tree each year!
On July 3rd, a big grand re-opening of Old Capitol was held on the front steps. Iowa graduate, Simon Estes, sang (left), and renovation supervisor Margaret Keyes (L) poses with Susan Hancher (R). For a complete tour of Old Capitol as it appears today, click here.
(M-0081) 1971 – Old Capitol Whiskey Decanter by Ezra Brooks Distilling Company & Promotional Post Card.
(P-0217) This colorful postcard features both capitol buildings plus other Iowa sites!
(S-0047) Iowa State Flag. With the help of the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Iowa held a design contest in search of a flag design in 1917. The winning design, by Mrs. Dixie Gebhardt, was selected on May 11. Gebhardt’s design featured an eagle on a white stripe between a red stripe (for courage) and a blue stripe (for loyalty, justice, and truth). The state name is written below the eagle in red, to symbolize the sacrifices of the men who went to war.
(M-0028) 1776 – 1976 – American Revolution Bicentennial – State of Iowa Commemorative Medallion. This commemorative medallion was produced to celebrate the Bicentennial in Iowa. On the obverse is the State of Iowa flag motto: Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain. On the reverse is the Bicentennial state emblem, a modernized plow with the four-leaf clover “Iowa-A Place To Grow” logo.
(M-0029) Iowa City Coin Club – 1958 – 2008. Fiftieth Anniversary Coin. This would be an appropriate place in our collection to look at this rare coin collectible. This is Coin #34 from a limited minting of coins commemorating the 50th anniversary (1958 – 2008) of the Iowa City Coin Club. A beautiful coin indeed, picturing Old Capitol and Hawk flying over the State of Iowa.
Other Celebrations of Iowa in the 1970’s…
Now…let’s look at the 1980’s…
(S-0067) 1982 – State Birds & Flowers of the U.S. – Set of 50. The father-son team labored for over a year on this beautiful philatelic masterpiece. Arthur created the birds, while son Alan painted the flowers. Each stamp is unique – making it the first series of its size to feature original artwork for each different stamp. At the time of their issue, these stamps were the most popular in U.S. Postal history.