When Iowa City was celebrating its centennial in 1939 among the celebrations was a parade, watch it here:
They also moved a couple of historic cabins from the founding of Iowa City into the City Park to preserve them. (Note: The video shows a replica cabin that they used as headquarters, that’s a different cabin.) They have been there my whole life and it’s been with concern over the last couple of years that I’ve watched them deteriorate. I’ve often mentioned that once the roof of a historic building goes, the whole building often quickly follows. Well, the cabins have about reached that point, they have been damaged to the point that they are no longer safe to use, but Iowa City is making an effort to bring them back. Since this is a local project that I believe is important I’m going to be volunteering my time at their fundraiser Oct. 6, 2012 at City Park. Get the details at the flyer below.
P.S. When Iowa City’s sesquicentennial celebration came along in 1989 I was in it, watch it here:
Although a couple of these things I can’t believe they did, for the most part they really did a nice job of imparting meaning to the various floats.
11:40 shows my great-uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Karl Buchmayer
15:05 Ushers Ferry Historic Village loaned a switchboard
18:00 Lensing’s Horse Drawn Hearse – this is really cool and was a parade mainstay around here.
I was in the Extension Service float that didn’t make this video. I’ll have to pull our longer version of the parade I guess. It was a freezy cold day and my hands were practically blocks of ice before it was over.