at Des Moines Area Community College
A community college providing education about the community's history, politics, literature, science, and art.
DMACC Iowa Studies Center
The Dorothy Schwieder Iowa Talks
Dr. Tom Morain of Graceland University
"To Rattle Dry Bones"
March 30, 2012
DMACC Ankeny Campus
Building 2 Room 25 B
About Guest Speaker
Dr. Tom Morain
Tom Morain grew up in Jefferson, Iowa where his family has edited the local newspaper for nearly 80 years. He attended Graceland College in Lamoni and University of Iowa where he completed his doctorate in American Civilization in 1974. In the 1970s, Dorothy Schwieder was creating such a student demand for Iowa history courses that the department had to add extra sections.
Tom began teaching those overload sections and became Dorothy Schwieder's friend, office mate and bridge partner. In 1981, he accepted appointment as director of history at Living History Farms and later as head of the State Historical Society of Iowa where he served during Iowa's sesquicentennial in 1996. In 2001, he returned to his alma mater, now Graceland University, where he teaches, serves as director of government relations, and still keeps his finger in Iowa history projects.
His study of his hometown, Prairie Grass Roots, won the best-Iowa-history-of-the-year award, and Humanities Iowa awarded him its Distinguished Service Award in 2002. In 2010, he received the Harlan-Petersen Award for lifetime achievement from the State Historical Society, its highest honor.
Tom lives in Lamoni with his wife Vikki. Yes, the couple share a close genetic connection with Des Moines Register's arts reporter Michael Morain.
The Iowa Studies Center at Des Moines Area Community College provides the collaborate piece between elementary schools, high schools, four year colleges, other community colleges, businesses, government departments, non-profit agencies, museums, and the general public to better coordinate and promote the continuing exploration of Iowa's history, science, literature, politics, and art.