State Historical Building will close June 21-22 for 2008 Hy-Vee Triathlon

Race course encircles Historical Building and ends at State Capitol

For Immediate Release May 30, 2008

(DES MOINES, Iowa) –The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs said today the State Historical Building will close to the public June 21-22, 2008 for the 2008 Hy-Vee Triathlon. The building will reopen 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2008.

The State Historical Building houses the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its two divisions, the Iowa Arts Council and the State Historical Society of Iowa, which includes the State Historical Museum, State Historical Library and Special Collections, State Archives and Records Program, State Historic  Preservation office, the Museum Store and Café Baratta’s.

“The State Historical Building is encircled by the Hy-Vee Triathlon’s 10K run course, making it inaccessible to the public and staff,” DCA Director Cyndi Pederson said. “We support the event and the athletes who participate in it, but closing the building is the most logical decision in the interest of public safety.” 

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 The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. The DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the general assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.

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Mary Cownie, Director

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