May 12, 2009

Westward, Ho! Iowa State Capitol Building

Posted in Look tagged , , at 10:33 pm by onetinyacorn

My husband and I, as political science and art/architecture junkies (respectively), have decided to tour every state capitol building. Our first of this trip was in Des Moines, Iowa, where a 23-karat gold dome awaited us.

It was regal and ornate. To further augment Iowa’s newfound image in the U.S. as a progressive state, I learned that it banned segregation in schools a full 85 years before Brown v. Board of Education. They also ruled against racial discrimination in public accomodations 91 years before the Supreme Court, and in 1847, the University of Iowa was the first public university to admit men and women on an equal basis. Iowa: who knew?

The state continued to beckon to us with other roadside delights, but we determined to press on, into Nebraska.

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