Castles of corn and soybeans tower over the great rolling hills of Iowa. This is America's breadbasket, illustrated in several segments. The National Mississippi River Museum is the star attraction in Dubuque with it's large aquariums and exhibits which tell stories of the past, present and future of the mighty Mississippi. The annual Old Threshers Reunion...historic farm machinery, old time steam engines, tractors and trains.
The nearby American Gothic House is the scene of one of America's most recognized paintings. In the small town of Bonaparte, the Thomas family found themselves right in the middle of an archeological dig when they purchased a piece of property that was once a pottery factory. The Amana Colonies, is a unique American success story. Born from a 19th century German religious commune, this unique community thrives in the 21st century as a tourist, manufacturing, and agricultural business model.
In Gladbrook, Career Counselor by day, Matchstick Artist by night Patrick Acton's Matchstick Marvels are so incredible they are displayed in several of Ripley "Believe It or Not" museums around the world, in addition to the Gladbrook museum built especially for the Matchstick Marvel collection. Japanese ceremony, Horse Archery, the Music Man, soy and Winnebago...all unique Iowa stories which will pique your curiosity and make you smile. Even little piggies emerging on their first day in the world.
(Discoveries America Upper Mid-West States 6 DVD collection includes 5% discount: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. Condensed version also available with 6 DVD's in a single case.)
IA VIEWER COMMENT: Tom Wheeler - Iowa Department of Economic Development/Iowa Film Office
"...The footage is great and the show (Discoveries America, Iowa) is fantastic. I'll make sure that the Tourism department gets a good look at it as well as other departments who might have an interest..."