Preserve Iowa Summit Takes Place In Heart Of Historic Sioux City

Sioux City, Iowa — Iowans who are passionate about preserving their communities’ history and historic buildings met this weekend in Sioux City for the three-day Preserve Iowa Summit.

Jeff Morgan, spokesman for the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, says the meeting is held in different Iowa cities each year and it features expert presentations, workshops and tours, teaching participants new ways to preserve Iowa’s past — for the future.

He says Sioux City is an ideal location for the meeting, which was held in the newly-renovated Warrior Hotel, which first opened in 1930. Tour destinations included the Sioux City Railroad Museum, the Fourth Street Historic District, and the Woodbury County Courthouse, a national landmark. From old train depots to historic homes to rare artifacts, Morgan says there’s a dedicated group of Iowans who are focused on preservation.

One of the main speakers is an architectural historian and author who talked about the relationship between architecture and cultural meaning.

The summit concluded with a round of how-to sessions designed for Iowans who work or volunteer at local historical societies and history museums.