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Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. (WAAC) Capt. Charity Adams of Columbia, N.C., who was commissioned from the first officer candidate class and was the first of her group to receive a commission, leads her company on the drill ground at the first WAAC Training Center at Fort Des Moines in May 1943. Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, 531334. Colorized by Kathy Downing.

Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. (WAAC) Capt. Charity Adams of Columbia, N.C., who was commissioned from the first officer candidate class and was the first of her group to receive a commission, leads her company on the drill ground at the first WAAC Training Center at Fort Des Moines in May 1943. Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, 531334. Colorized by Kathy Downing.

 

Volume 9, Issue No. 5, Sept/Oct, 2017

Discover more about Fort Des Moines and its majestic march into history with Penelope A. LeFew-Blake, Ph.D. It provided many important roles to the men and women who served there as well as adapting to the changing needs of the country. LeFew-Blake also shares her own special connection to the fort. Her mother served there during World War II.

 

One of Iowa’s state symbols turns 50 this year. Publisher Michael Swanger lets us in on how one of nature’s treasures is as solid as a rock and still has the experts puzzled.

 

 

How did Floyd of Rosedale help cool tempers between the Hawkeyes and the Gophers? Jerry Harrington tells a “pig tale” about the peace-maker.

 

Exploring history celebrates Dixie Cornell Gebhart, the designer of the Iowa flag. Join Leo Landis as he unfolds the patriotism and perseverance it took for the flag to happen at all.

 

In Part 2 of the Little Schoolhouses special series, Bill Sherman presents Henry Sabin and how he championed to improve teacher training across Iowa.

 

Ride on the big yellow kid container with columnist Arvid Huisman that brings back memories from a half century ago.

 

Ashley Rullestad writes about Spencer, its famous feline, county fair and historic downtown business district.

 

Book reviews: “Younkers: The Friendly Store” is a fascinating look at an Iowa landmark. Discover how Herbert Hoover was the focus of an assassination plan in “Plotting to Kill the President: Assassination Attempts from Washington to Hoover.”

 

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