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water activity UNIImagine a time when breakfast was more than a latte, lunch didn’t come from a drive-thru and dinner was a daily family affair. This summer’s featured exhibit at the UNI Museums, “Slow Food to Fast Food: The Way Iowans Ate,” will explore the evolution in Iowa’s foodways from 1870 to 1970 through the use of historic photos and artifacts. The exhibit was funded in part by SSNHA and will run from June 8-Aug 15.
Comprised of the University Museum and Marshall Center School, UNI Museums offers local and global perspectives within its exhibits. Founded in 1892, the University Museum’s collection now includes more than 110,000 objects, as well as many changing exhibits.
The University Museum is one of only five major natural history museums in Iowa; and is accredited by the American Association of Museums, an honor given to less than 10% of museums.
Added to the collection in 1987, the Marshall Center School is a one room schoolhouse relocated from Laurens, Iowa to the UNI campus. The schoolhouse showcases the development of education, including interpretive signage funded in part by SSNHA, highlighting the historic role of Iowa rural schools as community center’s for Iowa’s farm families.
UNI Museums was the recipient of the SSNHA Intern Grant for 2008 and 2009. Projects for 2008 focused on research and creation of interpretive programs for the Marshall Center documenting childhood on Iowa farms from 1890 to 1945. 2009 intern projects will include working with the museum on program development and promotion of the “Slow Food to Fast Food” exhibit, as well as continued work on program development at the Marshall Center School.
Located on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls, the University Museum can be found at 3219 Hudson Rd and the Marshall Center School at the corner of Indiana St & W 23rd St. For more information, visit or call 319-273-2188.

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