Iowa State University has a long, historical relationship with the Iowa State Fair. Iowa State has presented exhibits at the fair for different colleges, supported 4H in their endeavors, and had Extension present to help teach the community about new technology like electricity (see photo below).
To celebrate this long relationship, we have a new exhibit on the 1st floor of Parks Library. The exhibit features photos of the “Butter Cow lady”, Norma Lyon, an alumna of Iowa State, 4H artifacts, general fair artifacts, and some of the earliest pictures we have from the State Fair in 1915.
Feel free to stop by whenever the library is open!
- Iowa State University exhibit at Fair, 2011. University Marketing Photos.
- 4H Fair Program, 1948. Verneil Branstad Papers, RS 16/3/4/51, Box 1, Folder 6.
- Iowa State Fair souvenir program, 1948. Verneil Branstad papers, RS 16/3/4/51, Box 1, Folder 7.
- Physical Education exhibit, 1930. University Photos, RS 16/1/E, Box 1328, Folder 5.
- Campanile model. University Photos, RS 16/1/E, Box 1329, Folder 6.
- Norma Lyon sculpting butter cow. No date. Norma Lyon Papers, RS 21/7/280, Box 1, Folder 14.