Iowa’s Ethnic Heritage: A Brief History


Four Sessions: Thursdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24; 1:30-3:30 PM

Location: Upper Iowa University, 5000 Westown Pkwy., Second Floor, WDM

The building is on the SW corner of 50th St. and Westown Pkwy. Enter the parking lot from Westown Parkway (back side of the building).

Cost: $48

Class Limit: 28


Enjoy the unfolding adventure of Iowa’s immigration history. From Native Americans to Spanish explorers and French trappers and traders; to German, Irish and English groups; to more recent arrivals including Sudanese, Burmese and Bosnians — Iowa has had a long, rich ethnic heritage. Follow chronologically as our immigrant ancestors chose to leave their homes, settled in Iowa and added their ethnic contributions to our unique state history. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to read Storm Lake by Art Cullen, Viking Press, 2018.


Instructor John Liepa is a Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at DMACC and has taught courses in American national, state and local government as well as US and Iowa history since 1972. He has a BS in history and an MA in political science from Iowa State University.

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