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Iowa History 101/Rural Free Delivery, Parcel Post & Responses to Mail Order Commerce in Iowa, 1897-1915

  • | IA
  • Presented By: State Historical Museum of Iowa
  • Dates: October 13, 2022
  • Location: Virtual Program
  • Start/End Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Price: Free with registration
  • Overview

    Join Public Historian Sarah Johnson for a spirited debate on how the U.S. Post Office Department's extension of Rural Free Delivery in 1897 and Parcel Post in 1913 changed retail commerce in Iowa. We will examine advocates for "progress" and resistance from local merchants and Commercial Clubs across Iowa. Image: Perry Post Office, ca1915.