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UI sesquicentennial display "held over" at Old Capitol

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A popular exhibit developed for the University of Iowa's sesquicentennial celebration is being held over at the Old Capitol Museum. The exhibit will remain in the Old Capitol's second floor rotunda until January of 1998, said Ann Smothers, director of the museum.

The exhibit was originally scheduled to stay at the Old Capitol through May 1997. Since it was set up on November 1, 1996, there have been more than 16,000 visitors to the Old Capitol, Smothers noted.

Originally created for the Iowa State Fair, the sesquicentennial exhibit includes a pictorial timeline of the university's past, featuring important events in education, student life and service to the state.

Among the items on display are a football signed by Nile Kinnick, the UI's only Heisman Trophy winner; the original score of Meredith Wilson's "Iowa Fight Song," and the meteorite that landed in Marion, Iowa, on the day that the University was founded.

The exhibit is the creation of UI Audiovisual Graphics.

5/22/97