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Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Up a Country Lane

In the 1950s, domesticity dominated the lives of most rural Iowa women. Somewhat isolated on the farm, many turned on the radio to hear a friendly voice – someone to share their sometimes-lonely lives. Radio homemakers were a popular radio program choice. They served as “neighbors on the air” and helped women with everything from menu planning to child rearing.

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. “The Iowa Boy” Chuck Offenburger along with Iowa historian Tom Morain also give perspective on a simpler time when the American family ideal was foremost on Iowans’ minds.

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Stories

Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Interview with Chuck Offenburger, Part 2

posted on March 2, 2010

This interview with "Iowa Boy" Chuck Offenburger, was recorded on June 29, 2009 at his home near Jefferson, Iowa. Read More »

Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Interview with Chuck Offenburger, Part 2

posted on March 2, 2010

This interview with "Iowa Boy" Chuck Offenburger, was recorded on June 29, 2009 at his home near Jefferson, Iowa. Read More »

Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Interview with Chuck Offenburger, Part 1

posted on March 1, 2010

This interview with "Iowa Boy" Chuck Offenburger, was recorded on June 29, 2009 at his home near Jefferson, Iowa. Read More »

Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Interview with Tom Morain, Part 2

posted on February 26, 2010

This interview with Tom Morain, Iowa historian and professor at Graceland University, was recorded on June 3, 2009, at Graceland University in Iowa. Read More »

Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Interview with Tom Morain, Part 1

posted on February 26, 2010

This interview with Tom Morain, Iowa historian and professor at Graceland University, was recorded on June 3, 2009, at Graceland University in Iowa. Read More »

Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Interview with Tom Beavers

posted on February 26, 2010

This interview with Tom Beavers, KMA radio personality, was recorded on June 30, 2009, at KMA studios in Shenandoah, Iowa. Read More »

Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Interview with Evelyn Birkby, Part 4

posted on February 26, 2010

This interview with Evelyn Birkby took place in July, 2009 at KMA Radio Studio in Shenandoah, Iowa. Read More »

Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Interview with Evelyn Birkby, Part 3

posted on February 26, 2010

This interview with Evelyn Birkby took place on April 27, 2009, in the kitchen of her home in Sidney, Iowa. Read More »

Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Interview with Evelyn Birkby, Part 2

posted on February 26, 2010

This interview with Evelyn Birkby took place on April 27, 2009, in the kitchen of her home in Sidney, Iowa. Read More »

Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Interview with Evelyn Birkby, Part 1

posted on February 26, 2010

This interview with Evelyn Birkby took place on April 27, 2009, in the kitchen of her home in Sidney, Iowa. Read More »

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