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History at High Noon: Sioux City in the 1960s

The Sioux City Public Museum presents “Sioux City in Transition 1960-1969” as this month’s History at High Noon program in conjunction with “One Book One Siouxland.” Presented by Curator of History Matt Anderson, the program will be held on Thursday, April 19 at 12:05 p.m. at the Sioux City Public Museum. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunches to the free presentation.

The 1960s were years of notable change in Sioux City. While the community did not experience the extreme social unrest that plagued other parts of the country, the changes that occurred over the course of the decade left Sioux City a very different place in 1970 than it had been in 1959. These years saw the opening of Interstate 29, the completion of the Floyd River and Missouri River flood control projects, the first River-Cade celebration, the advent of Iowa Beef Processors (IBP), the construction of the first suburban shopping centers and the passage of a school bond issue that thoroughly reorganized Sioux City’s junior and senior high schools. At the same time, the 1960s brought a general decline in downtown business activity and the beginning of various urban renewal efforts aimed at slowing that decline and the passing of Sioux City’s oldest meat packers and their replacement by new operations modeled after IBP. By the end of the decade, Sioux City leaders could point to many significant achievements, but they had also overseen transitions to the local economy that produced challenges during the 1970s and 1980s.

The topic was selected to coincide with the era on which this year’s “One Book One Siouxland” selection, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, is based.One Book One Siouxland” is a reading initiative that brings our community together through the shared experience of one great book and provides fun, educational events that expand the reading experience. For more information about the remaining events in 2018, visit onebookonesiouxland.org.

The Sioux City Public Museum is located at 607 4th Street in downtown Sioux City.  For more information, call 712-279-6174 or visit siouxcitymuseum.org.

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