History for Lunch! How East Iowa City Came to Be


Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 6:00am to 7:00am


State Historical Society of Iowa, 402 Iowa Ave., Iowa City
You may be familiar with a large empty lot on Friendship Street where a large brick factory once stood. W. F. Main had a vision for a small "factory town" on the outskirts of Iowa City. This entity, really a rural subdivision, became a reality in 1900, with some lofty aims set by this entrepreneur. When development of the land did not go quite as planned, some interesting marketing tactics were used. This presentation will trace the history of early manufacturing concerns in the neighborhood and describe the suburban development of "East Iowa City" up to the present. 

Tom Schulein served 28 years on the faculty of the University of Iowa?s College of Dentistry, retiring in 2007 as Associate Professor. Schulein is currently historian for the Old Capitol Chorus in Iowa City and for the Central States District of the Barbershop Harmony Society, which has over 2,000 members.

Seated is limited.  Call (319) 335-3911 for more information.


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