Help us show the impact of Iowa museums - not just fair-weather educators, community anchors, tourism magnets, economic engines.  How is your museum serving the community throughout the COVID-19 crisis?


Connect with Community


Look at platforms for virtual tours such as Instagram Stories.

Develop a plan for digitzing collections.

Share online content with the Iowa Museum Association's Teaching Iowa History.

Pete Malmberg shared that at Forest Park Museum and satellite sites in Dallas County they are trying to put less fragile artifacts with signage in office windows and posting a large number of things on social media.

Rachael Mullins shared that (among other things), the Putnam Museum and Science Center is participating in a nation-wide initiative called “Heart Hunters” designed to give families a safe and fun way to get their children out and about in the community without danger of exposure.

As the Quad Cities' Smithsonian Affiliate, the Putnam is reaching out to their community to ask them to help document this time in Quad Cities' history. They've begun to hear from people who are starting to keep journals of personal experiences, sharing stories about their time at home, travel quarantines, and how COVID-19 is touching the lives of Quad Citians.

Reiman Gardens is sharing videos of the gardens  -

Julia Franklin, Anderson Gallery Manager, Drake University, is asking peple to document their kitchen tables, that are now being used more as a central hub for work, school, maskmaking, games, and eating.  She has started new pages on Instagram and Facebook @kitchentabletimes to share.

Julie Huffman-klinkowitz, Cedar Falls Historical Society, is clipping and saving newspaper articles from the local paper relating to the state’s response to the virus, state and local illness and death numbers, and the effect on local businesses and daily life.

Museums working with Farmers Markets - information from Kathy Dirks, Harrison County Historical Village

The first is the Farmers Market Coalition.  They keep updating information continually.

This link is “COVID-19 Safety Protocols For Food Distribution & Purchases” that was put together by the Maryland Farmers Market Association, Future Harvest – Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, and Historic Lewis Farmers Markets.  It’s one of the best resources we’ve found so far.

And here is the Columbia, Missouri Farmer Market vendor protocols that were updated  April 2, 2020.