Iowa History Book Club

Iowa History Book Club

Dec 09, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meeting Room D


To commemorate Iowa’s 175th year of statehood, the State Historical Society of Iowa invites you to take a deep dive into some of the best books about Iowa’s fascinating history. Join Andrew Klumpp, editor of The Annals of Iowa, and a guest author every three months for a lively, online discussion about each book.

This is a virtual event. Space is limited and registration is required. Join us in Meeting Room D, or pre-register here to view it from home via ZOOM. Books are available at the Reference Desk.

On Behalf of the Family Farm: Iowa Women’s Farm Activism Since 1945 by Jenny Barker-Devine. When technology, depopulation, and rapid economic changes dramatically altered rural life over the last 80 years, Midwestern women met these challenges with their own feminine vision of farm life. This book spotlights four national farm organizations in Iowa – the Farm Bureau, the Farmers Union, the National Farm Organization and a group called the Porkettes – to show how an agrarian strain of feminism offered an alternative to, but not necessarily a rejection of, broader themes of second-wave feminism across the country. In a time when farm women had to find new ways to preserve and improve their way of life, many asserted their roles as agricultural producers and combined cherished rural traditions with female empowerment, cooperation and collaboration.

Hosted by Andrew Klumpp with author Jenny Barker-Devine from Illinois College.