David Barzen and Larry Tovrea of the Des Moines Historical Society joined us in the studio this morning, along with Kent Carlson by phone. There is a large collection of Des Moines memorabilia that has been collected over the years and Larry has been keeping it all in an extra room he has, but they are in need of a building or buildings to house a Des Moines Museum. They are looking for a climate-controlled facility in which to store everything right now, because they have outgrown the room Larry is keeping all the items...with hopes of a building to have a Des Moines Museum for the public in the future. On February 11th, they are hosting a "meet and greet" to try to get more volunteers. It will take place at the Gabriel House, 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue from 11AM- 1PM. You can get more information on the Des Moines Historical Society's Facebook page or at www.DesMoinesHistoricalSociety.org. They have 2017 calendars available for sale that feature mansions of downtown Des Moines from 1889....it's very cool! You can purchase one by going to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or by calling 515-274-3393. Another place where you can see some awesome old pictures of Des Moines is the Facebook page for Lost Des Moines. This is a closed group page, so you will need to "join" in order to see the photos. Kent Carlson monitors all requests.
Kevin Hansen, a Boone native, joined us by phone this morning just after the 7:30 news. Kevin manages the field crew for NRG Stadium and the practice field and they are getting ready for the Super Bowl. Kevin told us everything has to be manicured perfectly and security has been very tight for the last two weeks...with a fence around the entire Stadium area, complete with metal detectors.
Our very own Steven Anthony of the WHO Radio News Department is going to the Super Bowl. He joined us this morning just after 5:30 news. He is from Dallas, Texas, and is very excited to be going home to Texas to see the Super Bowl. He has promised to send us pictures and to keep in touch by phone.
In case you missed the answer to the "mystery sound" this morning...it was a football being inflated until it popped! Check out the video on this page.
Tomorrow on Van and Bonnie, we'll find out what Gary Slater has in common with filing your income taxes and we'll have your Friday morning news quiz!
Enjoy the sunshine while it's here!