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Terrace Hill is now taking reservations for the 2012 First Lady Teas

March 21, 2012

Join First Lady Chris Branstad in 2012 for tea at Terrace Hill. Each tea includes a delicious array of refreshments from a traditional tea menu, unique programs, and of course tea served in an ambiance of Iowas historic Governors mansion.

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NY Times bestselling author Steve Berry presents his first writers workshop in Iowa.

March 21, 2012

All proceeds from this workshop will benefit the preservation efforts at Terrace Hill

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New, New, New and Dj vu By Jacqueline Devine

2011

Every new year and new administration brings its own turn of events at Terrace Hill. This year is no exception. Even long-running Terrace Hill traditions are being infused with new vitality, and the fun-factor is rising with anticipation. You might want to get out your smart phone or personal planner to add some of the following dates to your schedule

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Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts

2011

The 2011 Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts piano competition was held at Iowa Public Television in Johnston. The junior competition, for grades 9 through 11, took place Friday evening, February 11. The senior competition, for high school seniors, was held on the morning and afternoon of February 12.

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Governors Circle Tour & Tea

2011

The Terrace Hill Societys Governors Circle Tour & Tea, scheduled for June 11, promises to be informative and exciting. Two historic homes flanking Terrace Hill one directly east and one directly west of the National Historic Landmark will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the tour. Light tea refreshments will be offered in the mansion of Terrace Hill from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Victorian Garden behind Terrace Hill and Tracy Levines garden (2410 Terrace Road) will also be open as part of the tour.

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December Tour Closures- December 23-25, December 31

2010

Terrace Hill will be closed for public tours on December 23-25 and December 31. We apologize for any inconvenience. The last day for public tours will be December 30. Terrace Hill will re-open for tours in March 2011.

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Terrace Hill: A Happening Place

2010

Concurrent with the cultural renaissance taking place in Iowa, Terrace Hill is becoming a hub of educational and cultural activity. A preview of upcoming events and a look back on recent ones makes the point and extends an invitation to get involved.

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Communication Technology Then and Now

2010

What a difference time has made in communication technology. Terrace Hill was built before the telephone was invented and before typewriters and electricity were in common use. Instant and constant communication, such as has become the standard today, existed only in the minds of inventors. News was conveyed in person or by handwritten letters and periodicals.

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In Memoriam: Don Byers

2010

Terrace Hill lost a guardian angel when Donald C. Byers passed away on June 5, 2010. The former General Counsel and Secretary for Maytag from 1974 1990 was a dynamic leader and champion fundraiser for numerous Newton community, Jasper County, state and national organizations. Through his leadership and commitment, Byers elevated the quality of life for Iowans in many areas, including the arts, education, law and historic preservation. He served as president of the Terrace Hill Foundation during the Legacy for Iowans capital campaign, which concluded ten years ago.

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Annual Victorian Adventure Bus Tour

2010

It’s time to plan for the great fall adventure: the Terrace Hill Society Victorian Bus Tour. Combining fascinating destinations with an enjoyable group of friends, the tour is informative, educational and fun.

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Garden Interns Grow Careers

2010

An annual grant from Helen and Rusty Hubbell to the Terrace Hill Foundation has made it possible for two gardening interns to be employed during the 2010 growing season.

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Board Members Lead the Way

2010

Over the centuries, leadership has been defined in many ways. Today, people and organizations looking for the way consult the authors of best-selling business books and the guidance gurus of self-help sources for advice on how to lead or follow to get to the next level of success.

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Restoration Grant Saves Stained-Glass Window W.T. and Edna M. Dahl Trust Awards $40,000

2010

One of the hallmarks of Terrace Hill the stained-glass window at the top of the grand staircase will be given a second life because of a $40,000 restoration grant to the Foundation by the W.T. and Edna M. Dahl Trust.

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Victorian Voices Presents: Little Women

2010

While architect W.W. Boyington was constructing Terrace Hill for its original owner, Benjamin Franklin Allen, Louisa May Alcott was busy creating another American classic: Little Women.
The Terrace Hill Foundation is collaborating with The Des Moines Playhouse to present a theater version of Alcott’s beloved story about four young sisters living in New England at the time of the Civil War

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Save the Date for Victorian Day Camp

2010

ITS NOT TOO EARLY TO START THINKING ABOUT SUMMER 2010! In fact, doing so may help shorten the winter. (A theory not yet proven by meteorologists.)

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Volunteers: The Heartbeat of Terrace Hill

2010

Margaret Mead said, Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. You can change a significant place in the world by volunteering at Terrace Hill.

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Teas with a Twist

2010

After nearly ten successful years of Teas at Terrace Hill, the Foundation staff and Tea volunteers have decided to add a new twist to the monthly events that some describe as being as refreshing as a visit to a spa.

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VICTORIANA : The Victorian Garden

2010

For many, thinking of a garden brings back memories of the Victory Garden of World War II. The purpose was not so much to think green, but to provide for the table what might not be readily available at the grocery store due to war efforts and shortages. The basics were fruits and vegetables and had little to do with the ornamentation that was paramount in a Victorian garden.

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A Shop to Call Your Own

2010

COZY. CHARMING. CREATIVE. Thats the mood and hospitality of the Carriage House gift shop at Terrace Hill.

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Save the Stained-Glass Window

2010

As soon as one is beyond the vestibule at Terrace Hill, the eye travels up the staircase that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber described as a winding ribbon to the landing and the stained-glass window.

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2010 Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts Piano Competition Set for February 6

2010

The three finalists for the 2010 Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts [THEMA] competition will perform in front of a live audience at the Iowa Public Television Studios in Johnston on Saturday, February 6 at 2:30 p.m.

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