|Eric with the Iowa State Genealogical Society Spring Conference|
|Hand next to fossil replica of a mastadon tooth|
They have a wonderfully large auditorium attached to their very large library (of which I forgot to take some pictures). It is also across the street from the Iowa State Historical Museum. The State museum is quite fascinating place.
|Mastadon model and fossils from ancient Iowa times!|
|The American printing industry has many roots in Iowa|
The state of Iowa has gone to great lengths to tell its story. It's more than what many of us might assume from a midwestern "plains" state. They are quite proud of being the home of President Herbert Hoover. You'll see many plaques around commemorating various historical figures and trades with roots in Iowa.
Anyone in the graphic arts fields, including fiction authors would benefit from some study of the Iowa history. Many of the rest stops on the Interstate 80 highway are dedicated to some of the great accomplishments of industry in Iowa.
Typography is clearly the theme at this Johnson County rest stop below. Such an ordinary building has been turned into a beautiful work of art on many levels.
While in Des Moines, my wife and I braved an incredible storm. I never experienced anything like it. After we finished up the conference, the rain started to pour. And pour. And pour. It got so bad, I almost thought the wind was going to blow over the car—with me in it. Of course, my wife was safely in the Clive Super 8 hotel room. She was so safe, she took a smartphone video of me being crushed by the wind and rain as I ran back in (it's impossible to see me it's so thick)!
|I came to Des Moines to visit this?|
|Innocent young tree victim|
In a few hours, things returned to normal. I came to Des Moines, enlightened some eager folks about the virtues of saving as TIF, using open source photo editing software and how to make quick color corrections. Now I could go home, I thought. This was a great adventure.
|Headed back east to Chicagoland from the Iowa heartland|