About the State Historical Society of Iowa

Main Offices

Location Phone Fax
Des Moines 515.281.5111 515.282.0502 or 515.242.6498
Iowa City 319.335.3916 319.335.3935


Name Position Phone Email
Mary Cownie Director, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs 515.281.8741 Email
Chris Kramer Deputy Director, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs 515.281.3223 Email
Lori Norem Accountant, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs 515.281.4657 Email
Dee Richards Accountant, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs 515.281.6345 Email

Public Relations

Name Position Phone Email
Abby Friedmeyer Graphic Designer & Website Coordinator 515.281.4011 Email
Jeff Morgan Public Information Officer, Media Relations 515.281.3858 Email

State Historical Society of Iowa

Name   Phone Email
Susan Kloewer Administrator, State Historical Society of Iowa 515.281.8749 Email
Lisa Kent Development Coordinator & Grant Writer 515.281.8352 Email

State Historical Building

Name Position Phone Email
Peri Montufar Facility Rental & DCA Events Coordinator 515.281.3809 Email
Vania Boland Events & Customer Service Coordinator 515.281.8823 Email

State Historical Museum of Iowa

Name Position Phone Email
Susan Kloewer Museum Director 515.281.8749 Email
Kay Coats Collections Coordinator 515.281.8295 Email
Jodi Evans Registrar 515.281.3295  Email
Andrew Harrington Exhibits Manager 515.725.2921 Email
Leo Landis State Curator 515.281.4006 Email
Jessica Rundlett Special Projects and Outreach Coordinator 515.281.7471 Email
Pete Sixbey Conservator 515.281.4648  Email

State Historical Research Center

Name Position Phone Email
Anthony Jahn State Archivist 515.281.4895 Email
Sharon Avery Archivist 515.281.6863 Email
Mary Bennett Special Collections Coordinator 319.335.3938 Email
Marv Bergman Editor, Annals of Iowa 319.335.3931  Email
Jeffrey Dawson Archivist 515.281.7801 Email
Bruce Kreuger Archives Technician 515.281.4192 Email
Mary Messinger Warehouse Operations Worker 515.321.0372 Email
Delpha Musgrave Preservation Specialist, Local Government Records/Newspapers 515.281.5655 Email
Becki Plunkett Special Collections Archivist 515.281.8976 Email
Charles Scott Special Collections Technician 319.335.3916 Email
Shari Stelling Librarian (Des Moines) 515.281.5070 Email

Research Center Locations

Name Position Phone Email
Des Moines Research Center Reference Questions (view email reference policy) 515.281.6200 Email
Iowa City Research Center Reference Questions 319.335.3926 Email

State Historic Preservation Office

Name Position Phone Email
Steve King Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer 515.281.4013 Email
Berry Bennett Preservation Program Manager 515.281.8742 Email
Ralph Christian Historian 515.281.8697  Email
Beth Foster National Register Coordinator 515.281.4137  Email
Kathy Gourley Archaeologist & Review and Compliance Coordinator 515.281.3989 Email
Dan Higginbottom Archaeologist 515.281.8744  Email
Don Hirt Geographic Information Services Specialist 515.281.7803  Email
Jennifer James Architectural Historian   Email
Doug Jones Archaeologist 515.281.4358  Email
Paula Mohr CLG Program Coordinator & Architectural Historian 515.281.6826  Email
Cheryl Peterson Technical Preservation Specialist 515.242.6152 Email
Lori Unick Technical Preservation Specialist 515.281.4129 Email
Kristen Vander Molen HRDP, HSPG, Country Schools Grants 515.281.4228 Email

State Historic Sites

American Gothic House

Site Name Position Phone Email
Abbie Gardner Cabin Site Attendant Site Attendant 712.332.7248
American Gothic House Holly Berg Visitor Center Manager 641.652.3352 Email
Blood Run Craig Van Otterloo Lyon County Conservation 712.472.2217 Email
Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop Michelle Roseburrough Historical Society of Marshall County 641.752.6664 Email
Montauk Wade Schott Site Manager 563.423.7173  Email
Plum Grove Alexandra Drehman Plum Grove Manager 319.351.5738 Email
Toolesboro Mounds Katie Hammond Louisa County Conservation 319.523.8381 Email
Western Historic Trails Center Christopher Blue Museum Technician 712.366.4900 Email
Western Historic Trails Center Teressa Sward Museum Technician 712.366.4900 Email
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