Thunder From the Prairie: The Life of Harold E. Hughes

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  • 12/05/23
  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Free
  • All Ages
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  • Educational

Event Description

Tuesday, Dec 5, 11 am - 12 pm

Location: Hybrid (Room 302 & Zoom)

Register online or call 319-356-5220

Presenter: Jerry Harrington

Iowa Governor and U.S. Senator Harold E. Hughes, a charismatic politician whose leadership changed state government and politics, lived in tumultuous times for both the nation and the Hawkeye State. As governor in the 1960s, Hughes dramatically modernized state government and boldly plunged into controversial issues, such as liquor by the drink, the Amish school conflict, and racial conflict in Iowa. As U.S. senator from 1969 to 1974, he created the first national effort to aid alcoholics and was a leading voice against the Vietnam War and U.S. military deception. A handsome man gifted with a powerful voice, Hughes was the essential definition of a leader, taking progressive stands that changed Iowa for the better. He also shocked his followers by leaving politics at the end of his single Senate term to enter the lay ministry and help alcoholics. This program is offered in partnership with TRAIL of Johnson County.