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Mardi Gras

2010

You and your guests are invited to party for the second time for three of the best causes in central Iowa: Terrace Hill, Hoyt Sherman Place and Salisbury House & Gardens.

On February 20, central Iowas three great historic homes are collaborating for the second time to celebrate Mardi Gras in grand style. It promises to be the most fun youll have all year!

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SPECIAL NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER HOLIDAY HOURS FOR TERRACE HILL

2009

There will be no tours on Thursday November 26th. However, Terrace Hill will be OPEN for tours on Friday November 27th and Saturday November 28th.

In December, Terrace Hill will be closed for tours on December 1-2 and December 24-25.

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Foundation Celebrates 140th Anniversary of Terrace Hill with Time- Capsule Event Saturday October 17

2009

The Terrace Hill Foundation will celebrate the 140th anniversary of Terrace Hill with a ceremonial time-capsule event on Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m. The event is free, but reservations are suggested. Please call 515-280-3450. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CORRECT DATE AND TIME IS SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH AT 10 AM.

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Charity Comes Home

2009

We have all endured a year focused on losses. For some fortunate few, the worldwide recession has been the first time their boat has been rocked. For the majority, it has been a reminder that economies and, indeed, lives are cyclical and not always within our control.
Even as we struggle to survive and process priorities, we discover creative solutions. Life takes on renewed energies when challenges arise. Adversity brings us back to core values. One of the recurring reminders of true importance is charity. It enriches each time it comes home. Charity is the triumph of the human spirit.
Terrace Hill is urgently in need of your charity whether given as a membership to the Society or as a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation.

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September Victorian Tour

2009

Another exceptional Society travel opportunity is at hand. The Southeast Iowa Tour, leaving Des Moines at 7:30 a.m. on September 29, will be a travel experience providing an opportunity to see private homes and places of interest unique to Iowa, on a bus full of friendly travelers whose every need will be met. Phyllis Craig will serve her famous pastries as the bus motors to its first stop. Martha Rasmussen and Phyllis Craig, assisted by Nan Cameron, are tour chairs.

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Come If You Dare

2009

Once upon a midnight dreary (October 26 30), Terrace Hill will celebrate the 200th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe and acknowledge the current popular fascination with vampires at the second annual Thriller at Terrace Hill professional theater event.

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Let the Good Times Roll! Mardi Gras: February 20, 2010

2009

The success of last year’s initial collaborative fundraiser for Terrace Hill, Hoyt Sherman Place and Salisbury House has led the three historic homes to one conclusion: Mardi Gras 2010.

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Recent Gifts to Terrace Hill

2009

Material gifts to Terrace Hill have ranged from practical to priceless. One recent gift merits both descriptions. An adjacent property at the foot of Terrace Hill was given to the Terrace Hill Foundation, and then from the Foundation to the State of Iowa, in late December 2008.

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VICTORIANA:A Victorian Gentlemans Attire

2009

For a Victorian gentleman, there was no casual clothing. A large wardrobe was not in the equation. The walk-in closet was unknown, and closets, if they existed, were very small. It was common to have a wardrobe, similar to todays armoire.

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Terrace Hill Foundation Contributors

2009

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Terrace Hill Society Contrıbutors

2009

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A Tribute to Two Great Leaders

2009

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New Society Executive Director

2009

The Terrace Hill Society welcomed Ardys Anderson as its new executive director on June 1, 2009.

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New Foundation Development Assistant

2009

Karen Engel, a Drake University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in education, joined the development staff of the Foundation on August 3, 2009.

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Holiday Spirit Times Two

2009

The 13th annual Holly & Ivy Tour takes on a new dimension this December. The popular holiday tradition of touring two of Iowas most magnificent mansions will extend guest hours into the night. On December 4 and 5, the homes decked in holly and ivy will be open
from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Volunteers Are #1

2009

Heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful Terrace Hill volunteers for their service during 2008. We are grateful to our volunteers who gave tours, greeted visitors, worked in the gift shop, assisted in the kitchen, served tea, taught at Victorian Day Camp, provided refreshments, decorated for fundraising events, assisted with special events, provided music, chaired committees, served on boards, donated their talents, and took on many special projects along the way. We couldnt have done it without you!

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Enroll in Victorian Day Camp

2009

Terrace Hill is getting ready for the next season of Victorian Day Camp. The camp is for boys and girls entering first through fifth grades in the fall of 2009. Dates and times are June 23, July 13, July 27 and August 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Camp is held on the grounds of Terrace Hill and gives children a one-day glimpse into the life of children in the late 1800s. Campers participate in Victorian games, crafts, Tea and other fun activities while dressed in 1800s attire. Costumes are provided.

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THEMA Scholarship Winners

2009

The annual Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts (THEMA) competition culminated in performances by three finalists playing in front of a live audience at the Iowa Public Television (IPTV) studio in Johnston, Iowa, on February 7.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with the Perfect Gift

2009

If you are seeking a unique idea for a special person this Mother’s Day, look no further.
Entertaining at Terrace Hilla charming new cookbook featuring more than 200 carefully selected, mouth-watering recipes is a must-have for mothers or anyone with Iowa ties. In addition to the gorgeous food photography that incorporates Terrace Hills Victorian interiors and exteriors as settings, there are engaging stories and pictures of the families who have lived in the mansion from its early days to the present.

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Treasures in Your Attic

2009

Do you have hopes of striking it rich with an item in your attic? Have you always been curious about its value? Your window of opportunity is quickly approaching: Sunday, the April 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at West End Architectural Salvage, located at 22 Ninth Street in downtown Des Moines.

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YOUR CUP OF TEA —Delicious and Entertaining

2009

Have you ever been confused about what piece of flatware to use when setting a table or dining at an elegant soiree? Perhaps youd like to hear anecdotes about the four first families who have lived at Terrace Hill. Or maybe youd like to add to your collection of Victorian-style dolls.
These are just some of the programs offered for the monthly Teas at Terrace Hill for 2009.

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Three Grand Houses Two Great Bands One Hot Night

2009

The evening of February 21, 2009 blew into Des Moines with all the bravado of winter. But for those attending Mardi Gras at Terrace Hill, Salisbury House and Hoyt Sherman Place, it was one hot night!

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Shaw by Starlight: George Bernard Shaw Takes a Bow at Victorian Voices

2009

George Bernard Shaw had many faces in Victorian society. A Dubliner, who as a young man established himself in London writing for newspapers, he would become an influential critic, writing about the music and drama of Victorian London, and a major playwright in his own right. His plays and even his letters become the literature of his time.

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Enroll in Victorian Day Camp

2009

Terrace Hill is getting ready for the next season of Victorian Day Camp. The camp is for boys and girls entering first through fifth grades in the fall of 2009. Dates and times are June 23, July 13, July 27 and August 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Camp is held on the grounds of Terrace Hill and gives children a one-day glimpse into the life of children in the late 1800s. Campers participate in Victorian games, crafts, Tea and other fun activities while dressed in 1800s attire. Costumes are provided.

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A Mardi Gras Celebration is set for February 21, 2009

2009

The promise of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts has led to collaboration among the Terrace Hill Foundation, Salisbury House and the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation.

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Children’s Holiday Tea at Terrace Hill

2008

Join First Lady Mari Culver
for a Children’s Holiday Tea
at Terrace Hill
Monday, December 29, 2008
11:30 a.m.

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Tin-Pan Alley Comes to Terrace Hill

2008

The Terrace Hill Society presents singer/actor John Zickefoose in Tin-Pan-Thology, a collection of songs from music halls and drawing rooms at the turn of the last century. Dates for the Sunday performances in Terrace Hills drawing room are September 21 and September 28. There will be two performances each afternoon at 2:00 and 4:00 o’clock, each followed by a short reception. Musical direction and piano accompaniment will be provided by
Bruce Martin.

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Thriller at Terrace Hill: Blood-Read Poe

2008

Alfred Hitchcock meets Edgar Allan Poe in Thriller at Terrace Hill: Blood-Read Poe, a new theatrical experience at Terrace Hill October 16, 17, 18, 24 and 25.
Repertory Theater of Iowa Artistic Director Joseph Leonardi alerts audiences, The word Read in the title Blood-Read Poe may be a little deceptive. The Repertory Theater of Iowa is a company of theater artists. That means we won’t just be standing behind a podium, reading; it’ll be a performance. He warns audiences, with a devilish grin, Expect the unexpected.

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Iowa Quarters Available in Limited Numbers

2008

The last of the 50 commemorative state quarters Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Oklahoma are now in circulation. Newspaper ads indicate that state quarters previously released are becoming rare because of collectors. However, the Terrace Hill Foundation has a limited number of certified, mint-condition release-date Iowa quarters available for purchase.

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Terrace Hill Cooks

2008

Foundation board member Shaun Fay, whose home kitchen is a dream space worthy of interior-magazine coverage, responded to the cramped, inadequate and outdated basement kitchen at Terrace Hill with a fun solution: a kitchen shower. The event was held on May 12 at Terrace Hill

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Volunteers Are VIPs

2008

Thank you to all of our wonderful Terrace Hill volunteers for their service during the past year (2007). We are grateful to those who served on boards, gave tours, greeted visitors, sold items in our gift shop, assisted in the kitchen, served tea and helped with events. A Volunteer Recognition Reception was held on April 28 as part of National Volunteer Week. All volunteers were able to enjoy wonderful food prepared by Chef Sharon Van Verth. New volunteers as well as volunteers who reached various milestones were recognized during an awards presentation by First Lady Mari Culver, who read Governor Culvers proclamation commemorating National Volunteer Week.

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Third in Series, First in Demand

2008

Terrace Hill with Peacock, Amy Worthens third copperplate engraving of Terrace Hill, was unveiled at a breakfast reception in the library at Terrace Hill on May 31, 2008. The event centered on the internationally renowned artist and her long-anticipated print. It had been nearly 30 years since Worthen had captured an image of Terrace Hill. Following the reception, the artist welcomed the public at a date-of-release sale event in the
carriage house at Terrace Hill.

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Silver Legacy: Hubbell Tea Service

2008

Terrace Hill recently became the recipient of a magnificent Francis I silver tea service set that was originally a gift to Anne Godfrey Hubbell from her in-laws, the Frederick M. Hubbells. The Frances I solid silver tea service from Reed & Barton was, and is, considered one of the most highly collectible sterling patterns in the world.

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Victorian Bus Tour Heads Southwest

2008

The Victorian Bus Tour to southwest Iowa will be September 23 24, 2008. The communities of Clarinda and Red Oak are the destinations.

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New Cookbook on Front Burner

2008

The latest edition of the Terrace Hill cookbook is anticipated to be available in late October 2008 just in time to fulfill holiday wish-lists.

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THRILLER AT TERRACE HILL: BLOOD-READ POE

2008

On a bleak October night, when Halloween creeps closer in the shadows of the calendar, Terrace Hill transforms itself into a Gothic silhouette against the pale moonlight.
The Terrace Hill Foundation and Repertory Theater of Iowa invite you to attend a night of thrilling dramatic readings from the twisted mind of Edgar Allan Poe. Poes classic tales of terror and his hauntingly romantic poetry are among the worlds most recognized works of literature. They will make your spine tingle the evenings of October 16, 17, 18, 24, and 25. Blood Read Poe will be presented under the artistic direction of Joseph Leonardi.

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Announcement Regarding Victorian Voices: Twain at Twilight and the June 16 Tea at Terrace Hill

2008

Victorian Voices: Twain at Twilight performances will go on as scheduled. If inclement weather occurs, performances will be moved inside. Because of circumstances beyond our control, the Sunday June 15 and Sunday June 22 performances of Twain at Twilight have been canceled. We encourage you to reserve tickets for the June 13-14 and June 20-21 performances by calling 515-280-3450. The June 16 teas at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. will go on as scheduled.

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Victorian Voices:Twain at Terrace Hill- The Author and Actor’s Perspective

2008

In preparing for my portrayal of America’s celebrated author and humorist, Mark Twain, I am occasionally struck by the realization that I have taken on one of the biggest writing and acting challenges of my professional life.
Twain is complex. His wide-ranging work, his outspokenness, and his colorful (if not curious) actions have rendered him that way. Moreover, modern perceptions of him are complex. Given the conflicts that often arise between current and Victorian values and attitudes, perceptions of Twain can never be anything but complex.

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Terrace Hill Foundation Unveils Acclaimed Artist Amy Worthen’s New Terrace Hill Print

2008

Amy Worthens third copperplate engraving of Terrace Hill will be unveiled at a reception in the library at Terrace Hill on May 31, 2008 at 10:00 am. The event centers on the internationally renowned artist and her long-anticipated print. It had been nearly 30 years since Worthen captured an image of Terrace Hill. Following the reception, the artist will welcome the public at a date-of-release sale event in the carriage house at Terrace Hill from noon 4:00 pm.

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Terrace Hill Foundation and Kitchen Collage Present Terrace Hill Cooks: Culinary Arts, Celebrity Chefs, and Kitchen Secrets at Terrace Hill

2008

The Terrace Hill Foundation is pleased to partner with Kitchen Collage to present Terrace Hill Cooks, a kitchen shower and silent auction to support Terrace Hill. The event will take place on May 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Terrace Hill. The silent auction to shower Terrace Hill with kitchen items will occur while guests join chefs in the Terrace Hill kitchen to learn how to prepare special recipes. Chefs include Dominic from Splash, preparing the appetizers; Terrace Hill Chef Sharon VanVerth and Teresa Adams-Tomka, owner of Kitchen Collage, preparing the entre; and Ryan Binney, from Sweet Binney’s, preparing the dessert.

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History Under Foot and Under Way

2008

After nearly 30 years of public wear, the Wilton carpet in the main hall, grand staircase and second-floor hall became threadbare beyond repair. The Curatorial Committee discussed options for replacing the wall-to-wall carpet. Because of the volume of foot traffic and hardwood floors that could not withstand another sanding, the Committee recommended replacing the worn-out Wilton with another wall-to-wall carpet.

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Mansion Roof

2008

With the completion of the upper roof, the Terrace Hill mansion is under a roof system historically and structurally appropriate to a building of its style and significance: copper and slate.
Sheet steel, coated with a lead-tin alloy referred to as terne metal, formed the original 1860s upper roof. Several roofs later, in 1990, white EPDM rubber was installed. By 2005, this rubber roof had reached the end of its lifespan and was leaking regularly. New construction began on the mansion roof in July 2007.

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Will Santa Find Us at Terrace Hill?

2008

The Governor and I began hearing this question right around Thanksgiving. Clare, 6,
and John, 5, spent the better part of the two weeks worried about whether Santa would find them and whether he would know which of the three chimneys at Terrace Hill to
come down on Christmas Eve.

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2008 Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts Winners

2008

Jessica Nilles of Webster City was named first-place winner of the Senior Division of the 2008 Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts (THEMA) on Saturday, February 16. The three finalists performed in front of a live audience at the Iowa Public Television (IPTV) studios in Johnston. The second-place winner was Katie Sonnek of Reinbeck; third place was awarded to Timothy LeDuc of Cedar Rapids.

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New Foundation Development Assistant

2008

At the December Tea at Terrace Hill, Steve Person became the new Terrace Hill Foundation Development Assistant.

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Artist’s View of Terrace Hill

2008

Internationally renowned artist Amy Worthen, curator of prints at the Des Moines Art Center, has returned to Terrace Hill. She has been commissioned by the Foundation to create a third copperplate etching depicting an interior scene of Terrace Hill. This commissioned art is being underwritten by Robert E. Josten, art patron and immediate past chair of the Terrace Hill Commission.

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Society Events to Put on Your 2008 Calendar-Treasures in Your Attic April 20

2008

This year’s Treasures in Your Attic event promises to be more exciting than the last, which was a great success. Put the date on your calendar: April 20, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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Calling All Cooks!-Terrace Hill Society Requests Recipes for Terrace Hill Cookbook

2008

The Terrace Hill Society is beginning work on a new Terrace Hill Cookbook, and recipes are needed. To request a recipe form, please e-mail terracehillcookbook@gmail.com using Terrace Hill Cookbook in the subject line, or call the Society office at 515-242-6317.

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New Volunteer Recruitment at Terrace Hill

2008

Are you enthusiastic, energetic and have some time to give to a worthwhile cause? Consider becoming a Terrace Hill volunteer! Terrace Hill is looking for new volunteers to add to its existing volunteer corps.

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2008 Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts Competition Announced

2007

The Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts [THEMA] piano competition is held annually and is open to high school seniors studying music throughout the state.

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Terrace Hill Foundation Presents Hearty Soup Supper & Heartwarming Story

2007

The Terrace Hill Foundation invites you to a special evening of hearty homemade soup (prepared by the governor’s chef) and a dramatic reading of Truman Capotes beloved short story, A Christmas Memory. Soup supper will be served in the carriage house at Terrace Hill at 6:00 p.m. on December 4 and December 5.

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Holly & Ivy Adds Jordan House To Magnificent Mansions Tour

2007

The historic Jordan House in West Des Moines will join Terrace Hill and Salisbury House in the 11th season of Holly & Ivy.
The holiday tours are scheduled for December 7, 8 and 9, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday. All tours begin at either Salisbury House or Terrace Hill, where tickets are available at the door.

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WELCOME HOME!

2007

With the arrival of the Culvers in early 2007, Terrace Hill welcomed its fourth first family. The family of four moved from their West Des Moines home into 2300 Grand after a flurry of renovations to the third-floor private residence.

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Treasures in Your Attic—Antiques Evaluation Sponsored by the Terrace Hill Society

2007

You look lovingly at the item that has been in your family for generations. You admire the style, and it looks wonderful in your home. It has value just because it’s a family piece and you cherish it. But do you ever wonder about its monetary value? Should you put a rider on your homeowner’s insurance, or would a quarter be too much to charge for it if it were to become a garage sale item?

The Terrace Hill Society can help you determine the value of your treasures. On Sunday, April 22 from 10:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Society will sponsor Treasures in Your Attic, where evaluators will be on hand to help you determine a monetary value for items you bring to the evaluation. The event will be held at West End Architectural Salvage, 1408 Locust Street in Des Moines. Don Short, the owner of the one-of-a-kind salvage shop, has provided space for the evaluators and guests and their treasures.

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The Age of Innocence

2007

Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence becomes the centerpiece for the second season of the Terrace Hill Foundation’s Victorian Voices. The play an original adaptation of Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece will be staged on the south lawn of Terrace Hill and followed by an elegant dessert reception in the Victorian garden.

Performance dates are scheduled for the evenings of June 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. Tickets are $50 per person, with proceeds to benefit the restoration, maintenance and development of Terrace Hill. A gala premiere is planned June 8 at $500 per couple. Reservations may be made for the performances or gala by calling 515-280-3450.

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VIEWPOINT

2007

“History has the benefit of being essentially just a really long, subjective, highly interesting tale with several million characters, hundreds of thousands of plot lines, and a series of vaguely unsatisfying resolutions. And no editor.”

-Pete Vonder Haar, Writer and Critic

2007 is a year of transition for us, with a new governor and first family living at Terrace Hill and the possibility of changes in staff and organization. It is indeed an interesting time to be affiliated with Terrace Hill. Serving as administrator at this time is a heady experience; the future is uncertain as we experience history in the making. This uncertainty also carries the seeds of greatness. We must make the plot lines clearer, those resolutions more satisfying. In this sense, each of our staff and volunteers is an editor of the history we present to the public.

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Artist S. Seymour Thomas’ Portraits at Terrace Hill

2007

Recently, Terrace Hill received another portrait of Frances Cooper Hubbell by artist S. Seymour Thomas. The painting, donated by Patty Ingham Davis, is now the third portrait by Thomas at Terrace Hill. As we know little about Thomas, we set out to discover more about him and, by extension, our paintings.

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OPEN FOR TOURING

2007

Have you wanted to tour the imposing contemporary Victorian home high on a hill on the north side of the city? The Terrace Hill Society is planning a tour of the home of Jerry and Betsey Munn on Mothers Day, May 13. The Munns, owner of the Majestic Lion antique emporium at 5048 NW Second Avenue in Des Moines, built their one-of-a-kind home in Johnston in 2001.

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New Commissioners Named

2006

Governor Thomas Vilsack has named three new appointees to the Terrace Hill Commission. Each will serve a three-year term. Members are appointed based on their knowledge of business management and experience with historic preservation and renovation.

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Maurice Baringer Leaves Society Board

2006

A prominent and long-time advocate for Terrace Hill, Maurice Baringer, is retiring from the Society board of directors, a position he has held since its inception in 1972. Baringer is also a former Terrace Hill Commissioner, who was appointed by Governor Robert Ray in 1975. That same year, he also started the Terrace Hill Foundation. “If it weren’t for Maurice and a group of core volunteers, Terrace Hill as we know it today might not exist,” said Terrace Hill Administrator David Cordes.

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First Ladies of Iowa Exhibit on Display

2006

The First Ladies of Iowa display was unveiled September 27 at Terrace Hill in an evening of three-tiered events. The unveiling was the culmination of a three-year research project funded by grants from U.S. Cellular and Prairie Meadows and made possible by contributions from
The Integer Group, the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Terrace Hill Foundation.

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Hubbell Sleigh Restored in Time for Holidays

2006

One of the icons at Terrace Hill is being readied for its encore show. After many months of meticulous work and study, the restoration of the Hubbell family sleigh is being carefully brought back to its original condition when it was used at the turn of the century.

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New Roof Scheduled for Spring

2006

Planning is under way to replace the upper roof on Terrace Hill. Architects at RDG are busy finalizing the drawings and specifications for the project. While much of the roof, such as the slate mansard roof and associated gutters, underwent extensive restoration in 2000, the upper portions of the roof were deferred at that time for several reasons. The existing rubber roof had six to seven years left in life expectancy, and there werent enough funds.

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New Charger Plates Grace Tables for Formal Dinners

2006

Dining at Terrace Hill is always a special event. Not only is the setting spectacular and the food delicious, the china is beautiful. The Official State Seal China by Pickard is bone with gold trim and stands out against new charger or service plates purchased with proceeds from First Lady Teas.

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Victorian Dining—14-Course, Four-Hour Meals

2006

Meals today are often on paper plates, zapped in the microwave oven or eaten on the run to a meeting or after-school activity. But for the Victorians in the late 1800s, dinner was an important social occasion. Wealthy women might entertain several nights a week while middle-class women might have guests once a month.

A formal meal, which would take up to four hours to serve and eat, consisted of up to 14 courses.

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Haviland China Display in Carriage House

2006

An exhibit of Haviland china is on display in the carriage house through December 2006. Coordinated and arranged by Sarah Herwynen of Sioux City, a founding member of the Haviland Club, the porcelain china chronicles the story of the Haviland company and the changes in dining practices. The carriage house is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. There is no charge to see the exhibit.

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2007 Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts Competition Announced

2006

The Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts [THEMA] piano competition is held annually and is open to high school seniors studying music throughout the state. Winners are awarded scholarships to be used to pursue college-level music studies in Iowa the following year. The purpose of the award is to promote Iowas young musicians and the outstanding collegiate music programs statewide.

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10th Anniversary Holly & Ivy Holiday Tour Approaches

2006

Terrace Hill and Salisbury House, two perennial popular stops on the annual holiday tour, are being joined this 10th anniversary year by the Butler Mansion and Rollins Mansion, both on Fleur Drive and both used as offices not usually open to the public. So don’t miss this special opportunity to see these rarely seen mansions. As always, there will be holiday refreshments and music at both Salisbury House and Terrace Hill, and all four mansions will be beautifully decorated for the holidays.

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Book Inspires Sharing Stories

2006

Parents, grandparents, siblings and others who care about the children in their lives likely have already begun reading to Iowa’s kindergartners from this year’s specially selected book, The Pickle Patch Bathtub, a project of my Iowa Stories 2000 Foundation.

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High Notes of the Victorian Era

2006

McB Smith is the marketing and public relations director for the Des Moines Metro Opera. A fine arts graduate of Colorado College, she presented a program on Victorian opera at the April Tea at Terrace Hill. The following is an excerpt of her remarks.

The Victorian era, known in music circles as the Late Romantic period, is for many their favorite period in music. The music is defined by intense energy and passion, though the term “romantic” doesn’t refer to romance in the way we think of it today. During that time, the rigid forms of the Classical period gave way to greater expression. Music moved closer to art, literature and theatre. Nationalistic sentiment and the human struggle became dominant themes of the age.

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Archiving Terrace Hill’s History

2006

The Terrace Hill Society was formed to assist in the preservation of Terrace Hill, Iowa’s home for its governors, when it was given to the state of Iowa in 1971. For over 30 years, the Society has been the primary source for the acquisition of furnishings for the site. The Societys records include board minutes, special committee records, photographs, financial records, fundraising projects such as galas and book projects, and furnishings acquisition records. While collection accession records are well managed, a records management and archival system for these valuable primary resource documents is sorely needed. As Terrace Hill is now officially listed as a National Historic Landmark, it’s vitally important that the Society’s sources provide a documentary resource about many phases of the preservation efforts for the property.

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Terrace Hill in the News

2006

We hope you’ve been seeing and hearing a lot more about Terrace Hill lately. For the past three years, we’ve been working on increasing visibility of Terrace Hill and its programs. To promote events, Terrace Hill staff have been on every television station in Des Moines and have been regularly heard on KIOA radio in the morning with Maxwell and Polly.

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Inclement Weather Information for An Ideal Husband

2006

As of today, Friday, June 9th at 11 a.m., all performances for this weekend’s production of An Ideal Husband are continuing as planned. In the case of inclement weather, please contact the Terrace Hill Foundation at 515-280-3450 to receive further information. In the case of a cancellation, ticket holders will be invited to attend one of the two rain date performances, Monday, June 12 or Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. or will be allowed to use their tickets for another scheduled performance.

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Discoveries: The Drawing Room 100 Years Ago

2006

State of Iowa restoration painters, Dick Labertew and Mark Lundberg arrived at Terrace Hill on
January 31, 2006, to begin preliminary stages of work that will lead to the restoration of the circa 1903 appearance of the drawing room. In a couple of days, canvas wall coverings were removed and thick layers of paste were washed away, revealing the decorative paint scheme created for F. M. and Frances Hubbell early in the 1900s.

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A view of the Drawing Room with the most recent decorating scheme.
 
 

Ebenezer Encore!

2006

The premiere season of Ebenezer & The Spirit of Giving launched a new tradition for the holidays. An adaptation of Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer was written and produced by Iowa playwright Lorenzo Sandoval and performed by leading regional actors in the holiday-festive rooms of Terrace Hill.

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Oscar Wilde in Iowa Again!

2006

Legend has it that when British poet and playwright Oscar Wilde launched his lecture tour of America in January 1882, he told the customs officials, “I have nothing to declare but my genius!”

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Passing the Torch

2006

The Terrace Hill Commission is the governing body of Terrace Hill. A bipartisan group established by The Code of Iowa, its nine members are appointed by the governor. The organization exists to establish policy and procedures for the administration, renovation, interpretation, operation and fiscal management of Terrace Hill.

Robert E. Josten has chaired the Commission since July 2, 2003, following the death of his law partner Robert H. Helmick, the former chair of the Commission. On January 23, 2006, Josten resigned the position for personal reasons.

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Robert E. Josten
 
 

Kitchen Kudos

2006

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Fresh From Terrace Hill Cookbook
 
 

Diane Stilley Joins Foundation Staff

2006

The Terrace Hill Foundation is pleased to introduce Diane Stilley, a recently retired curriculum director for the Des Moines Public Schools. Stilley is no stranger to Terrace Hill. A veteran volunteer, she has served on the Education Committee and worked on the virtual tour CD-ROM project, the Terrace Hill Waltz music CD, and the tour guides guidebook. She is currently handling reservations and logistics for the 2006 Terrace Hill Teas. Stilley may be reached at 515-280-3450 or at DianeKStilley@aol.com.

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Tom O’Brien Joining Staff at Terrace Hill

2006

Tom O’Brien will be joining our staff at Terrace Hill effective March 1, 2006. He will be filling the position that was vacated by Brian Browning (who left to pursue a full time MBA Degree). O’Brien has 10 years’ experience as a private contractor in the remodeling business and has a degree in the building trades from DMACC. He and his family live in Windsor Heights, and his wife, Janet, is employed by the state of Iowa in the Division of Banking.

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Annuals Add Variety to Terrace Hill Gardens

2006

On the grounds at Terrace Hill, three historic garden styles coexist in relative harmony. The pastoral picturesque style of the 19th century is evident in the parklike lawn. Victorian fondness for bright annuals in patterned beds, known as carpet bedding, is seen in the driveway oval and in island beds near the mansions north and east entrances. And a cottage-garden-inspired mix of perennials, shrubs and roses a painterly style popularized at the turn of the 20th century occupies a broad border in the lattice-fenced garden south of the mansion.

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Rent Terrace Hill for a special gathering

2005

Terrace Hill is available for rent by any corporation, foundation or organization throughout the year. The historic site makes an impressive venue for a board meeting, dinner or special reception. Also, during the summer months, the grounds can serve as a beautiful spot for a garden party.

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W. W. Boyington-The Architect Who Built Terrace Hill

2005

The architect of Terrace Hill, William Warren Boyington, was one of the most prominent architects in Chicago from 1853 to the time of his death in 1898. As for any person with a high public profile, his work was not always the subject of praise, but was sometimes the subject of outright ridicule.

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Reflections

2005

The charm, elegance and hospitality of Terrace Hill delighted the more than 30 governors and their families who visited our governors mansion on a hot summer evening during the National Governors Associations conference in Des Moines.

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TERRACE HILL: A Descendants View

2005

F.M. Hubbell had a good eye for real estate and for bargains. Terrace Hill was then, and still is, great real estate, but I’ll bet F.M. Hubbell didnt consider it a bargain when it took four plus years to build, from 1865 to early 1869. I’m guessing that as he watched B.F. Allen build Terrace Hill, F.M. shook his head and said, “What a great location, what a view, what a beautiful site, best piece of property in the state!” I’m sure he looked at the house and commented on its three stories, brick walls, towers and porches. He would have admired the wonderful woods, the oversize doors, the many rooms. Then he would have said, “I’m glad I’m not paying for this.”

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F.M. Hubbell
 
 

Mourning in the 19th Century

2005

Mourning or expression of grief has been a part of humanity since the beginning of time. In 19th century America, death was a part of daily life, and Victorians, in general, did not fear it. It was viewed as a release from life’s cares, and salvation was the reward. Victorians did fear that their deaths would not be mourned.

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Spring Gardens

2005

A curious trait common to gardeners is that no matter how well we’ve done in one season, we always hope to do better the next. The Terrace Hill Garden Committee members and staff are no different. In winter while snow and ice blanket the garden, we lie low by the fire, plotting our plans for the coming season.

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New Iowa Quarter Sets—Foundation Fundraiser—Purchase a limited-edition, commemorative set and invest in the future of history.

2005

The new Iowa quarter was officially released September 3, 2004. On that day, more than 2,000 Iowans joined Governor Tom Vilsack, First Lady Christie Vilsack, United States Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore and other dignitaries on the state Capitol steps. Iowans purchased almost 5,000 sets at the event. Another 2,300 sets were sold at the Old Threshers Reunion later the same day.

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Discoveries

2005

December’s Terrace Hill lecture, Art Collecting During the Victorian Age: The Case of Terrace Hill, was given by Maura Lyons, Assistant Professor of Art History at Drake University. To prepare for her lecture, Professor Lyons referenced the archives at the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI), where she found extensive documentation, including the art purchased and commissioned for Terrace Hill during the Hubbell period. When our staff learned of the vast information in the SHSI archives, we were anxious to do our own research research that has already begun a trail of discovery.

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Reconstruction of Garden Pergola—Next in Historic Restoration at Terrace Hill

2005

Sometime this summer, if all goes according to plan, the extensive program to restore the Terrace Hill mansion and grounds to the way they were a century ago will be nearly complete.
The next piece of the puzzle will be the reconstruction of the pergola, a fixture in the historic garden from Terrace Hills early days—until about five years ago, when it was torn down. Work is scheduled to begin early this spring and to be completed by the time the National Governors Conference convenes here in mid-July.

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From the Hayloft

2005

Some have asked why I left the exciting field of advertising, where I had 19 years of tenure with a leading agency, high-profile clients, and an executive office with a panoramic view in the Butler Mansion, for a nonprofit post in the “hayloft” of the carriage house at Terrace Hill. Those who know me better know it was inevitable.

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Jacqueline Devine
 
 

Reflections

2005

From my wicker chair on the east porch of Terrace Hill, I can see construction on Martin Luther King Drive and the tops of the Principal and Ruan buildings downtown. On balmy Sunday afternoons, Tom and I take our dog, Rosie, to the porch with a pitcher of iced tea and a couple of good books. We watch the squirrels play tag around the towering walnut trees, fattening themselves on walnut meats for a long winter. Sometimes we take our laptops and work side by side quietly, wondering which of us will doze off first.

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Equipment Needed

2004

If you are looking to make a year-end charitable donation, consider Terrace Hills need for new items:

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Historic Photos and Albums Provide A Peek into the Past

2004

A priceless photo album that belonged to F. C. Hubbell and dates to the early 1890s has been donated to Terrace Hill by James Hubbell, Jr., and his wife Helen. The images are crisp and clear and provide valuable original photos, of which we had only copies in the past.

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The reception room as it was in the early 1900s
 
 

Thanks to Meredith Foundation

2004

The Meredith Corporation Foundation has funded a grant in the amount of $15,000. The grant will be paid over a period of three years and is designated to benefit the gardens.

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Thanks to Helen Hubbell and Rusty Edwards

2004

Helen Hubbell, left, and her daughter Rusty Edwards have funded a position for a garden intern at Terrace Hill for the last three years. As a result, the gardens have received an extra 16 hours of loving care each week. This summers intern, Ryan Chapman, received valuable experience in caring for a historic landscape environment.

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Helen Hubbell and Rusty Edwards
 
 

Meet Chris Cameron New Manager of The Carriage House at Terrace Hill

2004

An extensive retail background, coupled with years as an interior decorator, makes Chris Cameron at home in her new job as manager of The Carriage House Gift Shop. I am very pleased and excited to be a part of The Carriage House at Terrace Hill. There is so much potential to feature merchandise that truly reflects the image of Terrace Hill and all that Iowa has to offer, Cameron said.

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Was that hole a swimming pool?

2004

In 1924, Grover Hubbell began a project of major repairs and modernizations to Terrace Hill. His father, F. M. Hubbell, was in failing health, and it was decided that Grover and his family would move into Terrace Hill to care for him. There had not been any modernizations or major repairs of any great magnitude to the mansion since 1885, so there was much to do. Electricity was installed along with other repairs and modernizations, including an electric-power elevator and more bathrooms.

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A pergola added interest to the south end of the pool
 
 

2004 Terrace Hill Piano Scholarships Awarded

2004

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New Name, New Merchandise at The Carriage House at Terrace Hill

2004

The fresh new look of the gift shop was showcased to the public at a grand opening of The Carriage House at Terrace Hill July 12 17. The new, extended gift shop hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Special events were scheduled during the grand opening, including china painting demonstrations and book signings.

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Reflections

2004

In keeping with national sales, tea drinking is more than a trend at Terrace Hill. The burgeoning of tearooms across the nation and around the state reflects an awakening appreciation for the taste, hospitality and social graces connected with this centuries-old custom.

Whether treating themselves to an interlude from the hectic pace of 21st century life or celebrating a special occasion with family and friends, a growing number of guests come to Terrace Hill specifically to take tea in the elegant surroundings of this Victorian showplace.

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Edythe Meller and Susan McKinney, co-chairs of the Tea committee, pause for a moment
 
 

New Entrances Welcome Guests

2004

Terrace Hills Site Improvement project, a two-part endeavor reworking entrances, has now been completed. The site work has restored the Grand Avenue gate piers; all vehicular traffic is now via that gate, which historically was the front entrance to the property. The west entrance, which in the past served as the service entrance, now accommodates pedestrians, allowing tourists to access the visitors center in the carriage house. Gone is the fortresslike wall of stairs that visitors had to scale in order to obtain access to the carriage house. In its place, guests now follow a pleasant pathway that meanders its way to the carriage house as well as the mansion.

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Terrace Hill to be a host site for Des Moines school districts Gifted and Talented Summer School Program

2004

Students will spend three weeks, June 7 25, at Terrace Hill creating artwork, discussing architectural history, and learning from local scholars and experts. The workshop, Victorian Art and Architecture, is one of five sponsored by the Des Moines Public Schools Gifted and Talented Summer School Program for fifth- and sixth-grade students.

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The Carriage House Defined Purpose, Unified Support

2004

In June 2003, Interim Commission Chair Dwight Jensen appointed a three-member committee representing each of the Terrace Hill support organizations to address the issues of purpose, location, inventory, support, management and operations of the Terrace Hill gift shop. The committee members are Marilyn Smith (Society), Peggy Whitworth (Foundation) and Committee Chair Jacqueline Devine (Commission).

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Its Official: Terrace Hill Is a National Historic Landmark

2003

In May of 1999, I began to prepare for my new position as Terrace Hill administrator and made a number of calls to acquaintances in the Historic Preservation Office at the State Historical Department to learn everything possible about Terrace Hill. Ralph Christian, who was then the architectural historian, informed me that several years prior, a group of people from the National Historic Landmarks Office in Philadelphia had spent some time in Des Moines and were quite interested in Terrace Hill. A preliminary determination had been made that Terrace Hill was a valid candidate to be designated a National Historic Landmark (NHL), but no progress had been made toward that end for many years. In order to successfully qualify as a National Historic Landmark, the case must be proven that the resource has significance to the entire nation.

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Tribute

2003

George Mills, a noted historian, author and Terrace Hill supporter, died Monday, October 20, at the age of 97. Mills first became acquainted with Terrace Hill when he volunteered to work with Grover Hubbell for the U.S.O.

Over the years, as a reporter for The Des Moines Register, Mills wrote extensively about Terrace Hill and its owners. George was an early advocate for saving Terrace Hill, long before the idea was popular, said David L. Cordes, Terrace Hill administrator. Mills skill at translating events into captivating stories enabled readers to learn about, enjoy and appreciate Iowas Palace on the Prairie.

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Welcome, Carla

2003

Carla S. Herling has been named the new communications and programs coordinator at Terrace Hill. Im excited to be given the opportunity to work with such capable volunteers and staff to introduce this beautiful, historic residence to a much larger audience, said Herling.

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Carla Herling
 
 

Tribute

2003

Robert Bob Helmick, a highly regarded leader of local and international legal, cultural and sports communities, died of complications of a stroke on April 14. Helmick, 66, was a long-time supporter of Terrace Hill and a past chair of the Terrace Hill Commission.

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Robert H. Helmick
 
 

Operating Expenses and the Challenges of Raising Money

2003

It has been a tough year to raise money for charitable causes. This can be attributed to the many projects in Des Moines soliciting for funding, the downturn in the economy, and for Terrace Hill, the fact that generous contributions were already made during the capital campaign.

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2003

The intriguing fountain on the back lawn at Terrace Hill has been a highlight to the landscape for years. However, time and exposure to the elements have taken their toll, and work was needed to restore the fountain.

When Terrace Hill was undergoing its initial restoration in the late 1970s, the fountain needed work, but with the more pressing needs of the mansion itself, the fountain did not receive attention until 1981.

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Restored with funds donated by the family of Bonnie Koch, the fountain once again graces the lawn
 
 

Look Back-Look Around-Look Ahead Educational Outreach Program Releases Interactive CD-ROM

2003

In the feasibility-study phase of the Legacy for Iowans capital campaign, the need for enhancing the educational component of Terrace Hill became clear. Donors and grantors wanted to support more than restoration. They were interested in enabling Terrace Hill, as an educational resource, to reach out to those who might not be able to enter the massive doors at 2300 Grand, as well as to enrich the on-site learning experience.

A proposal was made to the Terrace Hill Foundation for establishing an Education Committee responsible for developing outreach and on-site education vehicles. Educational products that resulted from that proposal and the committees work include the introductory tour video, Terrace Hill Web site (www.terracehill.org), Landmark newsletter, and Terrace Hill Waltz music CD.

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Terrace Hill Wins Three Addy Awards

2003

On February 15, the 2002-2003 Addy Awards the Oscars of the advertising profession recognized the marketing materials of Terrace Hill with awards in three categories.

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Gold Addy Winner
 
 

Foundation’s ongoing fundraiser: Raise the Roof

2003

Own a piece of Iowa history. With every $100 donation to Raise the Roof, you receive an authentic historic slate-roof shingle that once protected Terrace Hill. Recently, the original slate shingles that weathered the test of time since 1869 were removed and replaced. Display one or more of these commemorative slates in your home, office or school.

Each historic slate is engraved and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. (Size, shape and colors of slates vary.) The proceeds from the sale of the roof shingles will be used for the ongoing restoration and operation of Terrace Hill.

The number of slate shingles is limited, so don’t miss your chance to own a piece of Iowa history and help Raise the Roof.

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The Pianos of Terrace Hill

2002

Terrace Hill is fortunate to have two rare antique pianos in its collection. The Chickering square piano is a prized historic artifact. The 1893 Steinway grand is a great instrument.

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Chickering Square Grand Piano
 
 

New Director of Development Named

2002

Alissa McKinney is the new director of development for the Terrace Hill Foundation. McKinney grew up in Story County on a farm in Colo. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Simpson College in 1990. With a background in politics and fundraising, McKinney worked for four years as the assistant director of the SPARK Program, a nonprofit organization in Houston, Texas, and most recently spent a year as the finance director for the Iowans for Vilsack/Pederson campaign.

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Alissa McKinney
 
 

About the Curatorial Committee

2002

The Terrace Hill Curatorial Committee, a group of seven preservationists, is an example of the axiom “The body is greater than the sum of its parts.” The diversity of expertise and experience ensures all issues will be considered from all angles.

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Capital Campaign Closes

2002

The Terrace Hill Foundation has successfully finished the Capital Campaign, raising more than $4 million for restoration and physical improvements to Terrace Hill. The Foundation thanks the many individuals, corporations and foundations that made the campaign so successful. The renovation included a new roof, fire-safety sprinkler system, climate-control system, emergency generator, and extensive restoration to the mansion and Carriage House exterior.

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Secret tunnel exposed

2001

There are many fascinating aspects of Terrace Hill that attract attention: its grand but whimsical architecture, its historic features and its stockpile of tales. For many, though, Terrace Hill’s most legendary attraction is its mysterious old tunnel.

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Exterior restoration prompts the First Lady to reminisce

2001

Framed in the bedroom window that Beulah Hubbell peered out of as a child, I see blue-jean legs jutting from work boots. I hear muffled pounding over the hum of my computer. One of the best parts of living in Terrace Hill is watching the past rub elbows with the present. I often pause to marvel at the fine craftsmanship in the door frame beside my desk. And I wonder if any of the carpenters outside my window wielding the buzzing electric saws are descendants of the original builders of Terrace Hill.

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Tower Restoration
 
 

New exhibits in the Carriage House

2001

Through October, you can step back in time and view political ribbons, buttons, posters and books owned by the men who served as governor of the state of Iowa since 1846 and as territorial governor prior to that. Personal items such as service plates and top hats are also part of the display.

In November and December, a collection of rare Victorian dolls will welcome visitors. The Terrace Hill Carriage House is open 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, through December. There is no charge to visit the Carriage House.

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Carriage House Exhibit of Political Memorabilia
 
 

New exhibits in the Carriage House

2001

Through October, you can step back in time and view political ribbons, buttons, posters and books owned by the men who served as governor of the state of Iowa since 1846 and as territorial governor prior to that. Personal items such as service plates and top hats are also part of the display.

In November and December, a collection of rare Victorian dolls will welcome visitors. The Terrace Hill Carriage House is open 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, through December. There is no charge to visit the Carriage House.

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Carriage House Exhibit of Political Memorabilia
 
 

Help Raise the Roof

2001

On nice days, stone engraver Ken Huffaker props open the doors of Nevada Monument Company in Nevada, Iowa. He likes a breeze while he and his four employees design and engrave monuments. One of their current projects, however, doesn’t involve a massive slab of granite but slender sheaves of 130-year-old slate tiles removed from Terrace Hill.

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Ken Huffaker
 
 

Governor Harding’s books donated

2001

Books from the personal collection of William L. Harding, who served as governor from 1917 to 1921, were recently donated to Terrace Hill. The collection has been placed in the Governor’s Office on the second floor. Eight of the books bear inscriptions and bookplates that document the ownership and personality of Governor Harding.

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Governor William Harding
 
 

Hubbell papers given to State Historical Society

2001

The descendants of F. M. Hubbell have recently given “a treasure trove of epic journals and documents” to the State Historical Society of Iowa. The documents include F. M. Hubbell’s diaries, which date from 1855, and records related to Hubbell’s real estate, public utility, railroad and trust transactions.

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F.M. Hubbell
 
 

Rare globe acquired for library

2001

With proceeds raised from the First Lady Teas, Terrace Hill has purchased a globe patented in 1875 by American governess Ellen Fitz, the first woman to patent a globe and the publisher of the Handbook of the Terrestrial Globe or Guide to Fitz’s New Method of Mounting and Operating Globes. The special feature of her globe, its mounting, helps measure the course of the sun, the length of day and night, and the length of twilight over the whole year.

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Discoveries

2001

As visitors tour Terrace Hill, there are always numerous questions. The most frequently asked questions center around the mansion’s most prominent feature: the tower. Visitors are curious about what is in the tower and how you get to its top. Recent restoration work in the tower has refocused attention there, and some interesting details have been uncovered.

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Tower Interior
 
 

Carriage House masonry to be repaired thanks to new grant

2001

The State Historical Society of Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs recently announced that Terrace Hill’s Historic Site Preservation Grant Program project was approved for funding up to a maximum of $100,000. The grant was submitted by the Terrace Hill Foundation to restore the masonry on the Carriage House.

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Brick decay on the carriage house exterior
 
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