The vision of Remembrance Park is becoming reality! The Remembrance Park – Johnson County website has information on two special events planned to mark the opening of this “Wildflower Park to Contemplate the Origins of Johnson County, Iowa” (described in my earlier post Contemplating our past).
Friday, September 2, 2022,
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.:
Meet the Phelps Family Day
Drop by the State Historical Society Research Center (402 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City) to meet Marybeth Slonneger, author of the book “Remembrance Park,” and see a one-day-only display of family heirlooms from the Phelps family, whose ancestors include fur traders who worked closely with Native Americans in what is now Johnson County (more information, plus photos, at the link above).
Monday, September 5, 2022 (Labor Day),
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon:
Dedication ceremony for Remembrance Park, south of Iowa City — see the Remembrance Park website for location and more information about the program.
The Remembrance Park Committee has also put together a proposed 12-page booklet for children, featuring my watercolor illustrations, to describe life in the area around the time that Johnson County was established. You can read the digital version on The Children’s Book page of their website. It has been fun and very interesting to be part of this history telling!