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IN THE UNI COMMUNITY

UNI Museums have reached out to the UNI community with exhibits. Be sure to visit the following satellite exhibits around the University of Northern Iowa campus.

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central hall bellCentral Hall Bell

This bell was used at the Iowa Soldier's Orphan Home which was later converted into Central Hall, the first building of the Iowa State Normal School (now UNI). This bell is on display in the Maucker Union Expansion.

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drivotrainerDrivo-Trainer

This training car was used in classrooms to teach people how to drive. Research was done at Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) which showed that it was as effective at training drivers as driving a car on the road. It can be seen on the UNI campus in the Innovative Teaching Technology Center (ITTC), northeast corner of the ground floor.

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early educationEarly Education

Education's past can be seen in the lobby of the Schindler Education Center. One case shows education in a one room school house. The other case shows items used to teach at UNI in the past.

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seerley desk and portraitHomer Horatio Seerley - desk and portrait

The "grand old man of Iowa education," Homer Horatio Seerley was president at UNI from 1886–1928. His desk and a portrait of President Seerley may be seen in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall by appointment.

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machine gunMachine Gun

This machine gun was used to train soldiers during World War I at Iowa State Teacher's College (now UNI). It can be found in Military Sciences, Room 209 on the second floor of the West Gym.

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polar bear Polar Bear

This visitor from the North is a full mount of a polar bear on an "ice floe." It can be seen in the hall outside Lantz Auditorium in McCollum Science Hall.

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joan of arcSophocles and Joan of Arc

On the first floor of Seerley Hall are plaster cast replicas of sculptures of Sophocles and Joan of Arc. Replicas of classical sculptures were common in universities and colleges of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were meant to inspire students to learn and educate them in the classics.

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muralThree Murals

"Agriculture," "In Memoriam," and "Education" are three impressive murals painted by William DeLeftwich Dodge of new York City in 1920. They can be seen in the Great Reading Room in Seerley Hall by appointment.

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Jessica CruzCollections Contact:
Jessica Cruz, Exhibit Preparator
319-273-2495

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