Iowa History Book Club

Iowa History Book Club

Jun 10, 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.

Equal Before the Law: How Iowa Led Americans to Marriage Equality” by Marc Hansen and Tom Witosky
Hosted by Andrew Klumpp with author and journalist Tom Witosky

In 2009, Iowa became just the third state in the nation to permit same-sex couples to wed. The Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in the middle of the Midwest catalyzed a rapid shift in law and public opinion that continues today. Through in-depth reporting and compelling writing, “Equal Before the Law” tells the stories behind this critical step toward marriage equality and explains why no one should have been surprised by the Iowa court’s decision. Iowans have a long history of leadership in civil rights.