Iowa Archives http://iowapublicradio.org en United Flight 232 Remembered http://iowapublicradio.org/post/united-flight-232-remembered <p></p><p>Iowa's worst air disaster is being commemorated this coming weekend. It was 25 years ago when United Flight 232 wobbled into Sioux City for a crash landing that killed 112 passengers. Our historic sound project remembers that tragic day with audio recordings going back to July 19, 1989. Reporter&nbsp;Durrie Bouscaren contributed to this story.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 43762 at http://iowapublicradio.org United Flight 232 Remembered Iowans Eager for New Panama Canal http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-eager-new-panama-canal <p></p><p>We all make time saving short cuts every day, but none could compare to one of the most important short cuts in history. The Panama Canal turns 100 this summer and a massive expansion project has Iowans&nbsp;predicting good things on several fronts.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 41696 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans Eager for New Panama Canal In Uniform http://iowapublicradio.org/post/uniform <p>In war or in peace, thousands of Iowans have served in the armed forces.&nbsp; With both archival audio and original interviews, "In Uniform" honors and remembers Iowa veterans who sacrificed and served the country since the Civil War all the way up to the War on Terror.</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:38:34 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 31930 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Uniform Days Numbered for Iowa Penitentiary http://iowapublicradio.org/post/days-numbered-iowa-penitentiary <p></p><p>One of the oldest records that Iowa still holds will be lost soon. That is when the earliest operating prison west of the Mississippi will he replaced by an all-new Iowa State penitentiary. We explore the history of the Fort Madison prison, with rare audio from WOI-TV, Sky TV and MSNBC.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 24284 at http://iowapublicradio.org Days Numbered for Iowa Penitentiary Vietnamese Orphans and President Ford http://iowapublicradio.org/post/vietnamese-orphans-and-president-ford <p></p><p></p><p>Grateful Americans are honoring former President Gerald Ford this weekend at a reunion in Dana Point, California. &nbsp;They owe their citizenship, and perhaps their lives, to the man born in Omaha, 100 years ago this Sunday. Iowa Archives&nbsp;remembers “Operation Babylift,” and the epic rescue of several thousand Vietnamese orphans.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 23805 at http://iowapublicradio.org Vietnamese Orphans and President Ford Two Highways; Two Centennials http://iowapublicradio.org/post/two-highways-two-centennials <p></p><p></p><p>As Iowans take to the road for family vacations, there is new appreciation for two of Iowa’s oldest highways. The Lincoln is 100 years old, and proud of it, but Iowa Public Radio has discovered a grassroots effort to revive the Jefferson Highway too. Rick Fredericksen produces Iowa Archives, our historic audio series.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 21866 at http://iowapublicradio.org Two Highways; Two Centennials For Sale: Historic Register Building http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sale-historic-register-building <p>One of&nbsp;Iowa's most strategic pieces of of real estate is up for sale; The Des Moines Register is preparing to vacate its long time headquarters next month. Now, nearly a hundred years of history is making news again. We take a tour and listen to old recordings.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 20808 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Sale: Historic Register Building Vietnam POWs Mark 40 Years of Freedom http://iowapublicradio.org/post/vietnam-pows-mark-40-years-freedom <p>It was code-named Operation Homecoming, when&nbsp;the U.S. and North Vietnam signed a peace agreement and our prisoners of war started coming home.We remember the defining events of that time, with historic sound from our Iowa Archives project.</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 14640 at http://iowapublicradio.org Vietnam POWs Mark 40 Years of Freedom Best Music of Iowa Archives http://iowapublicradio.org/post/best-music-iowa-archives <p>If you've new to the Iowa Archives project, this&nbsp;special broadcast is the best&nbsp;link to click; featuring more than 100 years of music with connections to Iowa. We've reached into our collection of historic sound treasures for old radio clips, rare recordings and cherished interviews. You will be astonished at the depth of Iowa's contributions to music, from composers, to vocalists and even places that have become music landmarks. It is like a variety show for the ages, with performances by&nbsp;Glenn Miller, Andy Williams, Superman&nbsp;and much more.&nbsp;Highly recommended!</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 12616 at http://iowapublicradio.org Best Music of Iowa Archives Army Band Prepares for Big Parade http://iowapublicradio.org/post/army-band-prepares-big-parade <p></p><p>When Iowans gather in Des Moines tomorrow to thank veterans for their service, one of the National Guard's most decorated units will be among those leading the parade. Historic 1965 audio from the 34th Army Band in Burlington and the Val Air Ballroom in 1967.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 19644 at http://iowapublicradio.org Army Band Prepares for Big Parade The Iowa Cornets http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-cornets <p></p><p></p><p>The WNBA opens play this weekend and former University of Iowa player Tangela Smith will be in uniform for the San Antonio Silver Stars. It was here in Iowa, 34 years ago, where women's professional basketball was born. We look back at charter team and its biggest star. Historic audio from the Iowa Women's Archives.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 1763 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Iowa Cornets Saving Ottumwa Naval Air Station http://iowapublicradio.org/post/saving-ottumwa-naval-air-station <p>As Iowa tries to retain its last jet fighter base in Des Moines, a non-profit group is hoping to save one of the last remnants of an air station that closed at the end of World War Two. Historic audio from Stearman training film and You Tube.</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 17944 at http://iowapublicradio.org Saving Ottumwa Naval Air Station New Deal (Part Two) http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-deal-part-two <p>Mention the New Deal, and most Iowans would think of a bridge, state park or school gymnasium. But the arts also flourished during the Great Depression, thanks to federal programs that gave jobs to painters, sculptors, writers and performers. A museum director calls it, "the greatest art movement in Iowa in 100 years."</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 17947 at http://iowapublicradio.org New Deal (Part Two) New Deal (Part One) http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-deal-part-one <p>Seventy-five years ago,&nbsp;the federal government bankrolled countless infrastructure programs that put tens of thousands of Iowans to work; many of the projects are enjoying a revival, of sorts. Some are being renovated, others are endangered, and many are just as vital as they were in the 1930s.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 17948 at http://iowapublicradio.org New Deal (Part One) Nine-Eleven Anniversary http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nine-eleven-anniversary <p>One of the most tragic days in America's history comes flooding back this weekend, as we commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9-11. Citizens of Iowa were casualties, mourners, and heroes. Our historic sound project looks back at&nbsp;those terrifying days, using audio recordings gathered by IPR reporters.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 17953 at http://iowapublicradio.org Nine-Eleven Anniversary Butter Cow Centennial http://iowapublicradio.org/post/butter-cow-centennial <p>A birthday party, a secret, and something found in most refrigerators. That combination&nbsp;will surely entice visitors to an iconic exhibit at the State Fair next month. Sculpting has commenced for the centennial of the butter cow. But the celebration will be tempered by the passing of the tradition's most famous artist.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 17958 at http://iowapublicradio.org Butter Cow Centennial Stepperettes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/stepperettes <p>Memories were flowing at a reunion of the Stepperettes, a legendary precision drill team that represented Iowa for two decades.&nbsp;Audio clip from 1967 sound track filmed at Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines.</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 18199 at http://iowapublicradio.org Stepperettes Sullivan Brothers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sullivan-brothers <p>On Memorial Day weekend 70 years ago, a large Irish family was at home in eastern Iowa enjoying its last spring together. No one knew that the five Sullivan brothers were bound for history, in a tragedy that would shake the nation in a time of war. Historic audio from 1943-1944.</p> Fri, 27 May 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 17999 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sullivan Brothers WACS Train at Fort Des Moines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wacs-train-fort-des-moines <p>A new museum exhibit is coming together that will tell the story of how gender equality came to the U.S. Army. It all started at Fort Des Moines.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 May 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 31841 at http://iowapublicradio.org WACS Train at Fort Des Moines Classical and Classic (Des Moines Symphony) http://iowapublicradio.org/post/classical-and-classic-des-moines-symphony <p></p><p>The Des Moines Symphony concludes its season next month with a classical Russian program. In 1965, the season ended with something entirely different and a recording of that performance has just surfaced. “Iowa Archives” looks back at the symphony’s early years.</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 1800 at http://iowapublicradio.org Classical and Classic (Des Moines Symphony) Scottish Highlanders http://iowapublicradio.org/post/scottish-highlanders <p>A nationwide search is underway for graduates of the largest pipe and drum band in the world. It is all in preparation for a reunion in Iowa City. Historic sound extends back to 1948.</p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 18000 at http://iowapublicradio.org Scottish Highlanders Mental Health Flashbacks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mental-health-flashbacks <p>It was 150 years ago this week when the “Iowa Lunatic Asylum” opened in Mount Pleasant and the state’s first mental health patient was admitted. Just about everything has changed since then, but a series of old television documentaries reveals a glimpse of the dark days of mental health care in Iowa, including frightening treatments now abandoned. Original WOI-TV documentary was filmed in 1952.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 1803 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mental Health Flashbacks Best of Iowa Archives http://iowapublicradio.org/post/best-iowa-archives <p></p><p></p><p>Host Rick Fredericksen dives into archival material compiled from his Iowa Archives project. Among the audio documentaries explored- the story behind the voice of George Washington Carver; the centennials of Camp Dodge; a look back at the state&#39;s worst train crash disaster and audio letters from Vietnam.</p><p></p> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 24879 at http://iowapublicradio.org Best of Iowa Archives Salute to Vet's Auditorium http://iowapublicradio.org/post/salute-vets-auditorium <p></p><p>This is the first time we've applied our historic sound project to a building. Iowa's largest memorial to war veterans is closed for renovation. Sometimes called the "barn," it will never be the same. Historic audio clips come from Iowa Public Television, the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting and IPR. Note: Vets reopened in 2012.</p> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 1804 at http://iowapublicradio.org Salute to Vet's Auditorium Andy Williams (Part Two) http://iowapublicradio.org/post/andy-williams-part-two <p>It has been 45 years since the Williams Brothers broke up. That’s when the youngest member launched his own act. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen was in the audience recently, and concludes his profile on Iowa native Andy Williams, who passed away in 2012. (Part One is posted below) Historic audio courtesy of Iowa Public TV, Andy Williams, his birthplace museum and You Tube.</p> Tue, 09 Nov 2010 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 1805 at http://iowapublicradio.org Andy Williams (Part Two) Andy Williams (Part One) http://iowapublicradio.org/post/andy-williams-part-one <p>It was just over 75 years ago when a young Iowa boy joined his brothers in a church choir in western Iowa.&nbsp;Until 2012, when&nbsp;Andy Williams passed away, he was one of the most productive octogenarians in entertainment. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen traveled to Wall Lake and Branson, Missouri, for this 2-part, Iowa Archives special. Historic audio comes from Andy Williams, his birthplace museum, and You Tube.</p> Mon, 08 Nov 2010 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 1806 at http://iowapublicradio.org Andy Williams (Part One) Hoover Dam Turns 75 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hoover-dam-turns-75 <p>It was the biggest shovel-ready, public works project of its time. 75-years ago today, a mammoth dam, named after Herbert Hoover, was dedicated on the Colorado River. It remains, perhaps, the biggest accomplishment in the former Iowan's presidency. Historic audio dates back to 1928.</p><p></p> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 1807 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hoover Dam Turns 75 Jack Shelley 1912-2010 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jack-shelley-1912-2010 <p></p><p></p><p>A beloved Iowa journalist is being remembered today. Jack Shelley passed away last night at the age of 98. Shelley was there in the early days of radio and television and sent home riveting stories from WWII. We look back at the career of this pioneer broadcaster. Sounds from 1945-1953 in Guam, Belgium, Tokyo Bay and the state of Nevada. Major events related to the atomic bomb are closely linked to Shelley's news coverage. Old audio is from&nbsp;WHO's original recordings, on fire at the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting.</p><p></p> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 18326 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jack Shelley 1912-2010 Best of Iowa Archives III http://iowapublicradio.org/post/best-iowa-archives-iii <p></p><p></p><p>In a special edition of Talk of Iowa, more highlights from our award-winning historic sound project. It&#39;s an audio museum on the air with Iowa Public Radio&#39;s Rick Fredericksen. Among the destinations, Clear Lake where three rock and roll pioneers died in a tragic plane crash, plus the birth places of baseball great Bob Feller and actor George Reeves.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 16:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 16843 at http://iowapublicradio.org Best of Iowa Archives III Best of Iowa Archives Part II http://iowapublicradio.org/post/best-iowa-archives-part-ii <p></p><p></p><p>In a special edition of Talk of Iowa, more highlights from our award-winning historic sound project. It&#39;s an audio museum on the air with Iowa Public Radio&#39;s Rick Fredericksen. Among the destinations, an antique roller rink, the site of a nuclear explosion and the Amana Colonies.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 16827 at http://iowapublicradio.org Best of Iowa Archives Part II