Celebrate the Prairie

477548893Learn about–and celebrate–the history, literature, landscape and people of the prairie at the third annual Iowa Humanities Festival April 10 and 11. The festival opens April 10 with a photography exhibit and a performance by storyteller Jeff Biggers and banjo player Gabrielle Kouri. The free event starts at 5 p.m. at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center (1200 Grand Ave.). Then at 7 p.m., opening-night activities continue with a reading by best-selling author Steve Berry at Central Campus (1800 Grand Ave.). The free reading is part of the Des Moines Public Library’s AViD series.

On April 11, Iowa-based scholars, museum directors, librarians and collectors will discuss “The Elusive Prairie” at a series of panels starting at 9 a.m. at the Des Moines Art Center. At noon, the festival will move to Salisbury House & Gardens for a variety of afternoon sessions and, at 4:15 p.m., the closing reception.

The fee to attend Saturday’s events is $10. Register in advance here or in person at the reception Friday or at the Des Moines Art Center at 9 a.m. Saturday. Click here for more information.

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