EDITED BY John C. Parish
Associate Editor of the State Historical Society of Iowa
Copyright 1920 by the State Historical Society of Iowa
(Transcribed by Gayle Harper)
In imagination let us picture the history of Iowa as a
splendid drama enacted upon a giant state which extends from
the Father of Waters on the right to the Missouri on the left,
with the Valley of the Upper Mississippi as a background.
Let us people this stage with the real men and women who
have lived here – mysterious mound builders, picturesque red
man and no less interesting white men, Indians, Spaniards,
Frenchmen, explorers, Warriors, priests, fur traders,
adventurers, miners, settlers, country folk, and townspeople.
Let the scenes be set among the hills, on the prairies, in
the forests, along the rivers, about the lakes, and in the
towns and villages.
Then, viewing this pageant of the
past, let us write the history of the Commonwealth of Iowa as
we would write romance – with life, action, and color – that
the story of this land and its people may live.