Iowa Museum Week Encourages Iowa Citizens to Celebrate Area Museums

In partnership with the Iowa Museum Association, Governor Terry Branstad has declared June 9-15, 2014 Iowa Museum Week. The Family Museum staff would like to encourage the citizens of the Quad Cities to explore area museums. “Iowa Museum Week happens during a great time of year for families to get out of the house and into any one of the fantastic museums in the area – on both the Iowa and the Illinois sides of the river. The Quad Cities is rich with culture from our art museums to our botanical center to our history museums, and the Family Museum is honored to be included as one of the many educational assets of the community,” said Family Museum Assistant Director Kim Kidwell.

Family Museum Director Jeff Reiter said, “Not only is Iowa Museum Week a time to celebrate Iowa museums, it’s a time for us at the Family Museum to thank our community for its continuing support. It is because of the people of the City of Bettendorf and the Quad Cities that we are able to offer such exciting exhibits and dynamic programing. It’s a time to thank our guests, our city leaders, our volunteers, our donors, and our sponsors. It’s very humbling to work in such a supportive community.”

According to the proclamation [view here], “Iowa’s museums play a crucial role in preserving the historical fabric and memory of our state through the preservation of artifacts and archives.” “Iowa’s museums provide educational resources and programs which expand learning opportunities for all ages.” “Iowa’s museums contribute to a vibrant community and state economy through job creation, the purchase of goods and services, and by attracting tourism revenue to the community and the state.” “Iowa’s museums play a significant role in enhancing community quality of life.” Branstad encourages the citizens of the state Iowa to celebrate by visiting and supporting the Iowa museum of their choice.

If you would like to contact the Iowa Museum Association, please contact Cynthia Sweet, Executive Director at (319) 239-2236 or

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