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Clermont Museum Celebrates Iowa Museum Week

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The Clermont Museum will be celebrating Iowa Museum Week with a new exhibit and guest speaker. An Open House will be held on Friday June 10th. State Curator, Leo Landis, will present a power point slide show “Iowans and the War of 1812” at 5:00. With extended hours, the Clermont Museum will remain open until 6:00.
Located at 302 Mill Street, the Clermont Museum showcases significant items collected through Governor Larabee’s travels around the world. Find everything from geological collections and prehistoric fossils to ancient artifacts and weapons of war. View the new display “Exploring the Larrabee Family Tree” to learn more about Governor William Larrabee’s parents Captain Adam and Hannah Lester Larrabee.
Although Adam Larrabee visited Iowa he never lived in his son William’s adopted state but hundreds of other War of 1812 veterans did. Leo Landis will share stories of Iowans who served in the war including Clayton County residents Lyman Amsden and Christopher Balsinger as well as Moses Littlefield of Jackson County. Littlefield kept his War of 1812 drum and trained Civil War soldiers of Jackson County with it. These Iowans helped shape our state and nation and Landis will discuss some of their stories.

Leo Landis is the State Curator for the State Historical Society of Iowa, where he has also served as the Museum Curator since March 2013. Before that he worked at Salisbury House & Gardens. He is a native of central Iowa, and has more than twenty-five years’ experience in museum work as a curator and educator. He also has worked for Living History Farms in Urbandale, IA and Conner Prairie in Fishers, IN, and served as a curator for eight years at Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI.
He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Iowa State University, holds an M.A. in history from Eastern Illinois University and has completed all but his dissertation toward his Ph.D. in history from Iowa State.


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions – the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa-State Office of Media Production and the State Historical Society of Iowa – empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. The department’s work enables Iowa to be recognized as a state that fosters creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present and future generations. www.iowaculture.gov.

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Celebrate Iowa Museum Week

Clermont Museum
302 Mill Street, Clermont IA 52135
Open House
June 10, 2016 12:00- 6:00

New Display
“Exploring the Larrabee Family Tree”
Special Presentation
“Iowans and the War of 1812” at 5:00 pm
Presented by Leo Landis, State Curator
State Historical Society of Iowa

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The Moving Wall – June 30th – July 5th – Clayton Co. Fairgrounds

The Moving Wall

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