The Exchange, 05/02/18, Woodbury County Courthouse 100th Birthday, Fashion History, RFK Book

May 3, 2018

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Coming up on The Exchange, we take a look at the history of the Woodbury County CourtHouse, which turns 100 years old this week.  There are spaces within the courthouse that many of us have never seen.


Also, how the fashions of the suffragettes reflected their work to gain equal rights.


And a new book about how Robert F. Kennedy’s trip to the Mississippi Delta fifty years ago changed the way he thought about politics and poverty.


Welcome to the Exchange, I’m Mary Hartnett.  This week there is a significant celebration in downtown Sioux City for 100th anniversary of the Woodbury County Courthouse.  There are speakers, presentations, enhanced media tours of the building and a banquet this Saturday.  Jim Jung is on the committee that put the anniversary celebration together.  

Jim 9:44

In: “A lot of people . . .”

Out: “ . . . alive and functioning.”
That was Jim Jung, chair of the Sioux City Historic Preservation Commission and the head of the committee that put together the celebration for the 100th anniversary of the historic Woodbury County Courthouse.  The courthouse is hosting tours this week, but there is also an audio-video smartphone tour online that is being released tomorrow.  It was put together by Siouxland Public Media’s Mark Munger and Jim Schapp of the program Small Wonders.  Here’s a preview of the tour.

Tour 5:31

That was Jim Schapp, who you may know from Siouxland Public Media’s Small Wonders Series narrating the new audiovisual smartphone tour of the Woodbury County Courthouse.  The tour will be available online tomorrow.

You’re listening to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media.  I’m Mary Hartnett.  Around the same time, the Woodbury County Courthouse was going up, Siouxland women were working to win the right to vote.  The times were changing, and so was women’s clothing.   Siouxland Public Medias Gretchen Gondeck presents SUFFRAGETTE FASHIONS 100 YEARS LATER! The 19th Amendment and Suffragette Fashions tomorrow morning at 10:30  at Western Iowa Tech Community College. 


The program is a historical perspective on the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.  Gondeck says she wanted to take a look what women were doing and wearing one hundred years ago.  

Gretchen  9:14

In: “Of course, we’re . . .”

Out: “ . . .  changed a lot.”

That was Siouxland Public Media’s Gretchen Gondeck who will be hosting A discussion on ladies fashion covering styles from the suffragette era and more. Attendees will be treated to period style tea with accompaniments as part of the presentation.

Gretchen Gondeck, Rita De Jong and Susan Leonard at Western Iowa Tech Community College at the suffragette fashion event
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  The event is in coordination with the 100th-anniversary celebration of the Woodbury County Courthouse and Sioux City Preservation Week. It starts at 10:30 at Western Iowa Tech Community College. For more information go to

You’re listening to the Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  A little more than fifty years ago in April, Robert F. Kennedy was followed by the media on a fact-finding tour of the living conditions of the Mississippi Delta.  What he found changed his view of poverty, humanity, and government from there on in. Here is a news report from that trip in 1967.

 Kennedy’s trip and the fallout from it are recounted in the book “Delta Epiphany: Robert F. Kennedy in Mississippi.”

Delta Epiphany by Ellen Meacham
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  Journalist and University of Mississippi Professor Ellen Meacham spent several years researching the book and talking to the people who were living in appalling conditions with little to eat, drink or even wear.  Meaham says the assassination of RFK in 1967 can overshadow our memories of the other events of his life.


Journalist and University of Mississippi Professor Ellen Meacham is the author of "Delta Epiphany: Kennedy in Mississippi."