Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel

MAQUOKETA — Friends of Maquoketa Caves, the Jackson County Historical Society and Jackson County Conservation received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation titled "Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel."

The presentation, which features Tom Milligan, will begin at noon April 2 at the Clinton Engines Museum in Maquoketa. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.

In this 45-minute, one-man show, Milligan plays Grant Wood and chats with the audience as if talking to an old friend across the backyard fence, or maybe at his home at Five Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids. He tells us about his life and how he changed the art world forever with his work. It is the man behind American Gothic that we hear and see, and the story of how he took the moments, the memories and the people of Iowa to show the whole world the specialness of this state. After the presentation, the audience is encouraged to ask questions about Grant Wood and his life.

This program is free, open to the public and is being held as part of the Historical Society’s weekly Brown Bag Lunch. Bring a sack lunch; cookies and bars will be available.

For more information or if you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, contact Bonnie Mitchell at the Clinton Engines Museum at (563) 652-1803. The Clinton Engines Museum is located at 607 E. Maple St., in Maquoketa.