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Program Chronicles the KKK’s 1920s Presence in Iowa

Post Date:08/06/2019 4:24 PM

The Ku Klux Klan had a short, but highly visible presence in Iowa between 1922 and 1926. Review this era at the History at High Noon: The KKK in Iowa presentation on Thursday, August 15 at 12:05 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring lunches to this free program at the Sioux City Public Museum.

Presenter Robert Neymeyer will chronicle how the KKK came to power promising to resolve many social ills in the state, especially violation of the prohibition laws. In reality, the Klan failed to eradicate any problems and actually heightened ethnic and racial tensions. When the Klan’s national leadership was indicted in several criminal cases, membership in Iowa collapsed and virtually disappeared.

Robert Neymeyer is a Historian at the Grout Museum District, an adjunct Instructor of History at the University of Northern Iowa, and a former board member of the State Historical Society of Iowa. Neymeyer has researched and written extensively about various topics in Iowa history.

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

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