Fifth-grade students at North Cedar School in Mechanicsville help to reset a tombstone at historic Pioneer Grove Cemetery as part of their Prairie Voices project.
In 1988 the administrator of the State
Historical Society of Iowa appointed 45 Iowans to a Blue
Ribbon Task Force on the Teaching of Iowa history. The study
began in response to the many Iowans who had expressed concern
for the future generations of the state. It was felt that
young people were growing up with little comprehension or
appreciation of their Iowa heritage. In response to the task
force's recommendations, the State Historical Society
established a 20-member Committee for Heritage Education. It
is this committee that developed
Prairie Voices: An Iowa
Heritage Curriculum, the first comprehensive statewide
plan for teaching Iowa's historical and cultural heritage.
Each year new topics and lesson plans are added so that
Prairie Voices remains a dynamic document that meets
the ongoing needs of Iowa's teachers and students.
Originally submitted by: Tom Harkin, Senator.
The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.