Iowa City, Johnson County, and Eastern Iowa history, as seen through the eyes of postage stamps, postcards, letters, coins, books, and other collectibles.
Our Iowa Heritage: The Iowa Award – 1951 to Today.
As a result of the 1946 Iowa Centennial Celebration, a new award, called The Iowa Award, was developed. The plan was to celebrate every five years or so by honoring one significant Iowan, giving them this award – our state’s highest honor.
Four years later, in 1955, the award went to Jay N. (Ding) Darling, political cartoonist for The Des Moines Register from 1906-1949. Darling, during his career, won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work (1924 and 1943). Click here to read more about Ding Darling.
How The Iowa Award Came About.
The Iowa Award – 1951 – 2018 – Twenty-Five Honored Iowans.
Since it’s inception (1948), The Iowa Award has been given out 25 times, with the latest being 2018. Below, you will find all 25 winners – and when we’ve written more on that person, you’ll find a link to our post as well. Enjoy!
The first two winners – Herbert Hoover (1951) and Ding Darling (1955).
Brian Duffy’s 2000 Iowa Millennium Poster.
Kudos to the amazing resources below for the many quotes, photographs, etc. used on this page.