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Fifth-grade students at North Cedar School in Mechanicsville help to reset a tombstone at historic Pioneer Grove Cemetery as a part of their Prairie Voices project

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Prairie Voices - Teaching History
A Local Legacy

How much do you know about the history of your state? In Iowa, state officials are making sure that Iowans know their state history. They have even created a special educational program to teach students.

The State Historical Society of Iowa appointed a Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Teaching of Iowa History because some were concerned that young people were growing up with little understanding or appreciation of their Iowa heritage. Prairie Voices: An Iowa Heritage Curriculum was created to teach Iowa's historical and cultural heritage.

As part of Prairie Voices, a timeline has been created to document the state's history that goes back 2.5 billion years! How far back can you trace your state's history? Other sources of information for students to learn about Iowa history include historic farms, cemetery studies, historic sites and Native American history and heritage. How many sources can you think of to learn about your state?

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