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VIP Visitors

The guest book at Terrace Hill reveals some very important people who have been visitors at "The Palace of the Prairie."

When former United States Vice President Al Gore spent the night at Terrace Hill, he slept in a bed that once belonged to F. M. Hubbell.

During the 2000 presidential campaign caucuses, then-candidate George W. Bush was interviewed at Terrace Hill. Also during that year’s caucuses, ABC TV news anchors — including Peter Jennings, Jack Ford, Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson — as well as political pundits, such as George Will and George Stephanopoulos, broadcasted from Terrace Hill.

Other important guests have included silver-screen legend Shirley Temple, author Edna Ferber, composer Roger Williams, and "Miss Lillian" Carter, the mother of President Jimmy Carter.

Terrace Hill also ranks high on the list of foreign ambassadors visiting Iowa. Such a group, representing more than 50 nations, has been sponsored by Senator Charles Grassley and welcomed at Terrace Hill.

When producer Norman Lear and the cast of the movie Cold Turkey — including Dick Van Dyke, Jean Stapleton and Tom Poston — returned to Iowa for a reunion, they were entertained at Terrace Hill. The Governor's chef cleverly served them a "cold turkey" luncheon.

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