It takes a certain type of person to clean floodwater muck off of delicate baskets, historical books, and vinyl records.
“You have to be patient. You have to have steady hands. And you have to pay attention—you have to keep observing and testing,” says Nancy Kraft, head of the preservation department at University of Iowa Libraries. One wrong move, she explains, and you could destroy the item you’re trying to preserve.
When Kraft saw the devastation this summer’s floods wrought on two Cedar Rapids museums—the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library—she wanted to provide that skill and attention to detail to help them recover as much of their collections as possible.
The University of Iowa President’s Residence, a neo-Georgian home perched on a bluff overlooking the Iowa River, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The home was completed in 1909 for a total cost of $25,067. President MacLean was the first to move into the house in 1909, which at that time also housed the President’s Office. Today, the President’s Residence still serves as the private home of the UI president and hosts hundreds of University events throughout the year.
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