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Heritage Museums plans special activities in celebration of Iowa Museum Week

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Midwest Old Threshers Heritage Museums will be offering free admission Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Submitted photo Midwest Old Threshers Heritage Museums will be offering free admission Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Midwest Old Threshers Heritage Museums are offering free admission on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in celebration of Iowa Museum Week.

Iowa Museum Week is an initiative of the Iowa Museum Association (IMA), of which Heritage Museums is a member.

“This year, we are especially proud of the Teaching Iowa History project that museums are currently participating in, sharing their collections for inclusion in lessons that will be available to all of Iowa’s K-12 teachers,” IMA Director Cynthia Sweet said. “The project will enhance educators’ abilities to meet the new Social Studies Standards and teach Iowa history.”

The National Governors Association has reported that businesses looking to relocate want access to cultural resources and museums.

“Museums are vital to a healthy local and state economy. Not only are they employers and consumers of goods and services, communities wishing to attract new business and industry invest in and support their cultural infrastructure,” Sweet said.

Gov. Kim Reynolds completed the week’s formal proclamation at a signing ceremony, mentioning that Iowa’s museums play an important role in enhancing quality of life throughout the state. She encouraged citizens of the state to celebrate the week by visiting and supporting an Iowa museum of their choosing.

There are approximately 400 museums in Iowa ranging from arboretums to zoos. While museums are different in many ways, they are all educational collecting organizations, providing careful stewardship for future generations.

Iowa museums offer over 60,000 public programs every year, many of them free.

By providing learning in an “active” environment, museums offer all ages unique ways to learn, fostering lifelong interests. Active learning environments such as those offered by museums allow for choice and encourage problem solving, critical thinking skills, and creativity.

The American Alliance of Museums reports that the nonprofit arts and cultural industry annually generates over $135 billion in economic activity, supporting more than 4.1 million full-time jobs and returning over $22 billion in local, state, and federal tax revenue.

Iowans may follow Iowa Museum Week’s buzz and special offers on social media by checking the hashtag #iowamuseumweek or via the social media aggregator at the bottom of http://bit.ly/IAMuseumWeek.

For more information on Midwest Old Threshers Heritage Museums, visit oldthreshers.com or call 319-385-8937.