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The Iowa Hall of Pride offers a unique, educational experience at a state-of-the-art facility. The interactive excitement at the Iowa Hall of Pride allows students to immerse themselves in the history of Iowa's athletics, academics and arts. Engage even your hardest to inspire children with the 40+ hours of video footage, 230+ outstanding Iowan interviews and thousands of trivia questions. The 27 interactive exhibits will make students proud to call Iowa home.

Welcome to Connecting Kids and Culture

Connecting Kids and Culture is an initiative to enhance student learning by providing greater access to the educational programs of Des Moines area arts and cultural organizations. The program connects students and school district curriculum with arts and cultural experiences in Des Moines community. This web site connects over a thousand kindergarten through fifth grade learning objectives, in seven subject areas, from multiple central Iowa school districts, and matches them with arts and cultural experiences available in the greater Des Moines area.

Search the database of programs by learning objective, grade level, arts or cultural organization, or school district. Find an educational experience offered by an arts or cultural organization that connects with what is being taught in the classroom.

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The State Historical Museum of Iowa offers engaging programs and exhibits for children of all ages. With more than 50,000 square feet of exhibits to explore, students can learn about Iowa’s role in the Civil War and see the battle flags and weapons Iowa soldiers carried; stand in a cramped coal mine, listen to miners at work and drill a shot hole in the coal; discover RAGBRAI and see a bicycle from 1869; 
learn about Iowa’s film legacy in theHollywood in the Heartland exhibit; explore the interactive 99 Counties of Iowa exhibit; see a full-size Conestoga wagon; and so much more. 
Contributions from the Principal Charity Classic to the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and Bravo Greater Des Moines support the Connecting Kids and Culture program.