The Tama County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Museum in Toledo.
Loren Horton, the guest speaker is no stranger to the area. He was a history teacher at the Toledo Junior High School (now STC Middle School) in the 1950s.
Judie McAteer Haynes is spearheading an effort to encourage attendance by as many former students as possible.
The public is also invited to hear this outstanding speaker with social time and refreshments to follow.
The Historical and Genealogical Society has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host Horton's presentation.
Horton is the author, editor, compiler and contributor of Census Data for Iowa, The Character of the country, Men With Splendid Hearts, A Richer Dust Concealed, The Narrow Gate and We Call It Iowa: A Personal Story of the State as well as articles, book reviews and two correspondence study manuals.
Horton received B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, all in history. He taught in the public schools in Toledo, Cedar Falls, and Davenport and also was an instructor in Palmer Junior College, Shimer College, Iowa Wesleyan College, Kirkwood Community College, and the University of Iowa.
For 24 years he worked for the State Historical Society of Iowa, retiring as the Senior Historian.
"Through the Eyes of Pioneers", Iowa as revealed by the diaries, journals, letters, and reminiscences of people who travelled to Iowa or through Iowa between 1833 and 1861.
People wrote about the reasons they travelled, what they wore, what they ate, the problems they encountered and how they solved them, the matters of health and medicine, what they saw along the way, the means of transportation, the trails and roads they followed, how they crossed creeks and rivers before the time of bridges, and many other interesting factors.
It is estimated that at least three-quarters of a million people moved west during the 19th century. Of that number perhaps as many as 5,000 left written records of their travels.
"I have read 364 diaries, letters, and reminiscences, and this program will be a distillation of information from that research," Horton said.