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Written by Alex Halsted and Dylan Montz
Most Iowa State fans have a taken in a game at Jack Trice Stadium or Hilton Coliseum and have seen highlights of Troy Davis and Fred Hoiberg. But only real fans know how the team name came to be, the location and story behind the "Honor Before Victory" plaque, or were there when the basketball team made an Elite Eight run in 2000.
100 Things Iowa State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource guide for true fans of Iowa State athletics. Whether they are die-hard boosters from the days of Earle Bruce on the gridiron or new supporters of Iowa State hoops, fans will value these essential pieces of Cyclones football and basketball knowledge and trivia - and all of the must-do activities in their lifetime.
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Jack Trice Stadium Sign
Mechanical engineering was one of the first majors offered to students when Iowa State College (as it was then called) first opened its doors in 1869. In addition to providing instruction for students, the department and its associated workshops manufactured tables, chairs and other equipment used on campus during the early years of the university. The ME department played an important role in the war efforts for both the First and Second World Wars by offering its facilities and faculty to train mechanics, machinists and other specialists during the war periods. The department, and university as a whole, saw tremendous enrollment growth during the post war periods, which led to an expansion of the department’s facilities and faculty. The university’s first female ME student completed her studies in 1908, while the department’s first African American alumnus graduated in 1914. Two other ME alums have even gone on to serve Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the fall of 2016, Iowa State’s ME department surpassed Georgia Tech to become the largest undergraduate ME department in the country. 150 Years of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University tells the proud history of the ME department, as well as the nuclear engineering department (which was eventually administered by ME), from its beginnings to where it is now in this interesting, visually-engaging book.
Through The Seasons
Iowa has a history with grapevines that goes back more than a century. New York lawyer Hiram Barney obtained a tract of land in southeast Iowa as part of the Half-Breed program following the American Indian Wars and created the White Elk Winery. German settlers in Amana tended community vineyards for communal wines. Before Prohibition, the Council Bluffs Grape Growers Association grew grapes and shipped them eastward by the ton. In the early 1900s, the state was among the nation's top producers of grapes. Pesticides, weather and government subsidies ended the time of the vines of the prairie until their recent return. Author John N. Peragine details the rise, fall and resurgence of the industry in the Hawkeye State.
The state of Iowa is just as well known for prominent wrestlers as it is acres of corn and beans. That gives the state the mighty distinction of feeding the world and defeating it on the mat. Men like Dan Gable, Tom Brands, Harold Nichols, Jim Miller, Nick Mitchell and Chuck Patten led Iowa colleges to forty-four of an astounding sixty-nine national team championships. In 1954, Simon Roberts of Davenport was the first African American to win a state wrestling title and later the first African American NCAA wrestling champ. Wrestler Norman Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize and is credited with preventing more than one billion deaths from starvation. Author Dan McCool details the long history of hard work and dedication from the fields to the mat.
Amazing Iowa Athletes, an A-Z illustrated guide to some of Iowa's most extraordinary athletes. Iowa State education professor, Katy Swalwell, teamed up with 28 Iowa artists to tell the stories of over 100 amazing Iowa athletes. Text by Katy Swalwell, illustrations by various Iowa artists.
Amazing Iowa Women A-Z
Amazing Iowa Women, an A-Z illustrated guide to some of Iowa's most extraordinary women. Iowa State education professor, Katy Swalwell, worked with over 25 Iowa women artists and RAYGUN to create a children’s book that celebrates the incredible accomplishments of a diverse set of women throughout Iowa’s history. Text by Katy Swalwell, illustrations by various Iowa artists. Inspired by 'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls' and 'Rad Women A to Z.'
Amazing Iowa Athletes A-Z
When Barry Phipps relocated to Iowa City from Chicago in 2012, he knew nothing of Iowa. He began taking day trips across Iowa in the spirit of wonder and discovery. His marked-up road map soon became a work of art in and of itself, covered with spokes, lines, and places both seen and needing to be seen. Along the way he plied his trade, taking photographs.
Inspired by such seminal work as Robert Frank’s The Americans, this is a unique vision of the Midwest and Iowa. Without condescending or overemphasizing the decline of small town America, Phipps documents rural communities as they are now, noting abstract shapes and colors as he photographs business districts with quirky and/or artful signs, streetscapes and landscapes, buildings with ghosts of paint from previous lives, and the occasional resident.
In addition to their startling attention to color and geometry, Phipps’s photos delight because they suggest an author who isn’t on intimate terms with his subject matter, but very much wants to be. Though the photographs in this collection frequently maintain a cautious distance from the houses, water towers, and iconography he captures on film, the pictures feel, at once, eager and shy.
Phipps admires his new home—from afar, by varying degrees—and excitedly introduces himself to it: the first steps of a journey toward claiming Iowa as his.
CAMPUSTOWN - A Brief History of the First West Ames
By Anthony Capps
For more than one hundred years, Campustown has served the students and community of Iowa State University. Here is the brief history of Campustown in the early 1900's.
Iowa history ranges from the natural to what's been made by humans over many centuries. Find and hold the fossilized remains of sea creatures that lived 375 million years ago. Walk through a small-town home where one of the nation's most infamous--and unsolved--murders occurred in 1912. Savor pastries that originated in the Netherlands before the 1840s and watch where wheat is ground into flour in a windmill first built in Denmark and then rebuilt in Elk Horn. Listen to time softly tick away in an elaborately carved clock that auto pioneer Henry Ford tried and failed to buy in 1928 for $1 million. Join writer-photographer Mike Whye on trips to the known, little-known and unknown historic places in Iowa.
Mike Whye wrote his first magazine travel article in 1985 and has been writing ever since. He has written guidebooks on Iowa and produced photo books on Iowa and Nebraska. He teaches journalism at the University of Nebraska -Omaha and has been with the Midwest Travel Journalists Association since 1989.
Football's Fallen Hero - The Jack Trice Story
By Steven L. Jones
Many of North America’s most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for the continent’s natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area's attractions and rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place. This book of all things relating to the Hawkeye State spans from the farmlands to walleye fishing grounds in the Iowa Great Lakes. It highlights sights from Des Moines—the state capitol building, the Iowa State Fair, Adventureland, Blank Park Zoo, and the Des Moines Art Center—to Iowa City and the University of Iowa. Children can say goodnight to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum as well as Dubuque-area sites, including the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and Effigy Mounds National Monument.
Written by Amy DeLashmutt. Illustrated by Sarah Heinz.
Join every Cyclone fan's favorite mascot, Cy, as he strolls through campus wishing its many beautiful landmarks a good night.
Naegele’s Guide to the Only Good Architecture in Iowa is a deceptive title but it is not a misnomer. Guide is accurate. Iowa is fairly accurate. Naegele’s is there because this is a personal account, one that makes no attempt to be unbiased. Naegele’s qualifies Good, “good” being not absolute but contingent and personal and therefore a very questionable qualifier. Only is the title’s difficult word. “Only Good Architecture in Iowa” suggests that architecture is a scarce commodity in Iowa, a suggestion with which Naegele would agree if by “architecture” one means high architecture.
By Architecture, however, Naegele means “good building,” regardless of whether or not that which is built was designed by an architect or whether, in fact, it is a habitable structure or even a building at all. Most entries in this guide are concerned either with vernacular works that are habitable tools—barns, corncribs, ventilator machines, silos—or with built works that are not really buildings at all: billboards, bridges, murals, graveyards, landscapes, wind turbines and water towers. Only brings irony to the title, rendering questionable the assumption it asserts and initiating debate within an otherwise matter-of-fact description. Its inclusion in the title predicts the book’s mildly contentious, but always utterly practical, nature.
Ames began as two communities. At its founding in 1864, Ames Station, on the Chicago & North Western Railways main line, lay two miles east of Iowa Agricultural College, across the Squaw Creek. When the Ames & College Railway joined the college to the town in 1891, a cooperative spirit emerged that exists to this day. A rich history of achievements and colorful characters marks Ames 150 years. One founding father commanded the 20th US Colored Infantry in the Civil War, while a Confederate veteran served as commander of the Iowa State College corps of cadets. Physicists at Iowa State College developed the uranium refinement process for the first atomic bomb and established the Ames Laboratory, the smallest US Department of Energy National Laboratory. Companies like Collegiate Manufacturing made material for the soldiers in World War II, and Kingland Systems now stands among global leaders in reference data software. Ames's businesses, citizens, and institutions, past and present, have created a rich community heritage for a vibrant, 21st-century city.
In 1920, Iowa dedicated its first two state parks. In the century since, the Iowa State Parks system has evolved into a broad array of lands and waters that represent a legacy of tireless stewardship. Iowa State Parks commemorates the origins of our state parks and the riches they offer in the present. The photo essays at the heart of this book feature the artistry of well-known nature photographers such as Carl Kurtz, Brian Gibbs, Don Poggensee, and Larry Stone. The images help tell the stories of Iowa's state parks, recreation areas, preserves, and forests. A historical overview sets the stage, followed by essays on key aspects of our park system.
Iowa residents Craig Farlinger and Mike Whye need no words to explain how incredible their home state is - the proof is in the 109 color photographs that make up their new book, Iowa: A Photographic Journey, available from Farcountry Press.
Working independently from Cresco and Council Bluffs, respectively, Farlinger and Whye have covered nearly every corner of Iowa in their 54 combined years of professional photography. In Iowa: A Photographic Journey, the duo delivers not only the cozy farm scenes and small-town charm that make the state great, but also a wide variety of true-blue Iowa subjects visitors and even locals may not have previously seen.
Although both photographers are well rounded, Iowa: A Photographic Journey brings out their individual strengths. Farlinger takes readers on a journey through majestic natural places, including Iowa's beloved state parks, old-growth forests, limestone bluffs, winding rivers, and the unique prairies of the Loess Hills. Whye highlights the state's culture, from the famous covered bridges of Madison County to the golden Iowa Capitol, from the freewheeling sculptures of Pappajohn Sculpture Park to the two-wheeled extravaganza RAGBRAI, and all the rodeos, museums, historical sites, and giant concrete bulls in between.
The book's images reveal a rare passion for all things Iowa. If, as the old saying goes, a picture is worth 1,000 words, Farlinger and Whye have composed a splendid love letter to the Hawkeye State.
Written by Charline J. Barnes, Ed.D., and Floyd Bumpers
African Americans make up only a small minority of Iowa's population, but contrary to widespread belief, there is a very rich historical culture of African Americans throughout the state. This photographic history focuses on that heritage, and especially on ten Iowa cities with the largest African-American populations.Through vivid images into the early history, religion, culture, sports, recreation, education, health, law, business, and industry in ten towns in Iowa, Charline Barnes, Ed.D, and Floyd Bumpers clearly show that the African- American community of Iowa has made many significant contributions to the history of that state.
Iowa offered freedom and prosperity to the Irish fleeing famine and poverty. They became the second-largest immigrant group to come to the state, and they acquired influence well beyond their numbers. The first hospitals, schools and asylums in the area were established by Irish nuns. Irish laborers laid the tracks and ran the trains that transported crops to market. Kate Shelley became a national heroine when she saved a passenger train from plunging off a bridge. The Sullivan family became the symbol of sacrifice when they lost their five sons in World War II. Author Timothy Walch details these stories and more on the history and influence of the Irish in the Heartland.
Hardcover Seasons of Iowa State University photography filled book. Photographs by Jim Heemstra.
For more than 40 years, Iowa has held the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. A vibrant political culture has emerged as a result of this role, and Iowa voters have a unique opportunity to get to know the nation's presidential candidates as they travel the state, attend small-group meetings, and hone their messages. Candidates come to Iowa--where "retail politics" is the name of the game--early and often. But the campaign trail in Iowa isn't just about candidates. It's about average Americans in small-town diners, church basements, and high school gyms. In an age of public cynicism about politics, the Iowa caucuses continue to demonstrate the importance of real people talking about issues with would-be presidents.
Industrial engineering has existed on the Iowa State campus for more than a century. The original curriculum was a five-course sub-track within the mechanical engineering major and today the department offers one undergraduate degree, one undergraduate minor, and five graduate degrees. Through the Seasons: 100 Years of Industrial Engineering at Iowa State University is a colorful, picture-filled book that tells the story of the industrial engineering department on campus. It includes bits about the department’s evolution, noteworthy research contributions, accolades from industrial engineering student-athletes, and much more. Take a trip down memory lane and learn some interesting tidbits along the way with this hard-to-put-down book.
150 Years of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University
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