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Experience Iowa's stories through feature documentaries presented by Iowa Public Television.
From Burlington to Sioux City, great architecture is seemingly everywhere you look. In “A Century of Iowa Architecture,” IPTV’s High Definition cameras have captured the details and drama of some of the finest buildings in the world, located right here in Iowa. Iowa Public Television uses a list of Iowa’s “50 Most Significant Buildings of the 20th Century” created by the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as an opportunity to discover the history of our state in the faces of our buildings. But more than that, this documentary talks with those who design and appreciate buildings to find out why Iowans have reason to be proud of the outstanding structures we see every day.
Full Program: From Burlington to Sioux City, great architecture is seemingly everywhere you look. This documentary details and drama of some of the finest buildings in the world, located right here in Iowa.
I.M. Pei is one of three high-profile architects responsible for the Des Moines Art Center. This is the story of how he was selected for that job, and how his design was received at the time.
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City of Literature How did the midwestern college town of Iowa City, Iowa become the capital of creative writing in America? It’s an unlikely story of literary ambition, academic innovation, and a promising young poet who became a cultural entrepreneur.
Iowa's Firefighting Family The trust and cooperation that is required to risk one’s life to help others makes the 20,000 firefighters in the state of Iowa one giant family. This special bond is illustrated with the Butler family of Harlan, Iowa.
Lost In History: Alexander Clark Despite an historic court victory for civil rights and a lifetime of other significant achievements, Alexander Clark's story has been all but lost from history.
Iowa Soldiers Remember Afghanistan After record deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Iowa National Guard troops reflect on their experiences and tally the emotional toll.
Templeton Rye: Iowa's Good Stuff This locally-produced documentary takes a glimpse at the whiskey cookers of Carroll county and their spirit to hold a community together.
Searching for Buxton A young African-American goes searching for his family past in a long-disappeared Iowa coal mining town and discovers that much of the prosperity and goodwill his relatives enjoyed nearly a century ago is elusive today. Narrated by Simon Estes.
Iowa Outdoors IPTV's Iowa Outdoors series highlights outdoor recreation, environmental issues, conservation initiatives, and Iowa’s outdoor natural resources.
Iowa State Fair Iowa Public Television celebrates over 40 years of in-depth coverage of the Iowa State Fair. Browse IPTV's collection of hundreds of fair video features from current and past years.
TV Iowans Grew Up On From the 1950s to 1980s, local television stations to produced their own programs to accompany children's cartoon shows. This documentary is a nostalgic look back at several local children's programs and the impact they had on young Iowans.
Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Up a Country Lane In this heartwarming documentary, Evelyn Birkby, famed radio homemaker, shares her knowledge about Shenandoah, Iowa’s radio homemakers and offers personal and engaging stories about rural life in the 1950s.
Iowa's Simple Pleasures Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for Iowans to do, see, and taste, right here at home.
Picture Perfect: Iowa in the 1940s Photographs show the faces, fields and porches of small-town America before World War II and stand as a historical record of both a bygone time and a rural Iowa that's fading away.
From the first farmers to pioneer settlers; new immigrants to Iowa innovators, discover how the experiences of the past tell the story of who we are as Iowans. Produced in partnership with the State Historical Society of Iowa, IPTV's Iowa Pathways brings together vast resources into an online destination examining the people, places, events and ideas of Iowa.
Over 300 articles about Iowa history topics
Nearly 1,000 images, videos, and interactive maps
Interactive timeline of over 500 historical events
Over 1,000 links, activities and classroom resources