Madison County
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Madison County

Mention Madison County and many people think of the iconic covered bridges that have graced the landscape for more than 140 years. While Hollywood made the bridges famous, there are many more stories to share, thanks to Madison County’s rich history and vibrant culture. These stories include unforgettable people who shaped America—the men and women of the Underground Railroad in Madison County; renowned scientist George Washington Carver; and social reformer Susan B. Anthony, who advocated for women’s voting rights from the county courthouse in 1875. Madison County natives have also made their mark on the world. Marion Morrison, who became the movie star John Wayne, was born in Winterset in 1907. During World War II, Winterset native George Stout protected priceless wo ...

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Bonnie and the Babies: Growing Up
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Bonnie and the Babies: Growing Up

Will you be my friend? My name is Bonnie, and I live in Iowa. When my friend Clyde and I showed up at a farm, we were scared. We didn’t have a home. We were hungry. Before I knew it, I had a litter of kittens to raise. Would we be safe here? Would we find our forever home?

This 20-page, full-color, paperback children's book follows the true adventures of two stray cats who showed up at Darcy Maulsby's home in late fall 2019. By spring, Bonnie had a litter of 3 kittens. Filled with more than 50 photos of Bonnie, Clyde, the babies and their new friends on the farm (including Maggie the dog), this book is sure to delight pet lovers of all ages! 

 

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2021 Beauty of Rural Iowa Calendar
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2021 Beauty of Rural Iowa Calendar

Enjoy the best of rural Iowa year-round, through the creative photography of Darcy Maulsby, a fifth-generation farmer and Iowa's Storyteller. Each month features a unique view of small towns and farms across the state. Each calendar measures 8.5 inches by 11 inches, with room to make notes. Supplies are limited. Once they are gone, they're gone. This makes a great gift! 

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Inspirational Notecards "Be Like a Tree"
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Inspirational Notecards "Be Like a Tree"

You can't find these unique notecards in any store! If you'd like to share some inspiration, each box contains 10 notecards that read:

"Be Like a Tree:

Stay grounded. 

Connect with your roots.

Turn over a new leaf. 

Bend before you break. 

Keep growing."

The striking image on the front of each notecard (which is blank inside so you can write your own message) was captured at dusk by Darcy Maulsby. The picture shows a tree that has grown for decades west of Lake City, Iowa, in Calhoun County, near the banks of Prairie Creek. 

Each box of 10 notecards (which measure 5 inches by 7 inches) includes 10 envelopes. These make a great gift, Christmas stocking stuffer or a l ...

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Classic Restaurants of Des Moines and Their Recipes
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Classic Restaurants of Des Moines and Their Recipes

With Italian steakhouses, the Younkers Tea Room and Stella's Blue Sky Diner, Des Moines's culinary history is tantalizingly diverse. It is filled with colorful characters like bootlegger/"millionaire bus boy" Babe Bisignano, a buxom bar owner named Ruthie and future president of the United States Ronald Reagan. The savory details reveal deeper stories of race relations, women's rights, Iowa caucus politics, the arts, immigration and assimilation. As you read Classic Restaurants of Des Moines and Their Recipes, don't be surprised if you experience sudden cravings for Steak de Burgo, fried pork tenderloin sandwiches and chocolate ambrosia pie, à la Bishop's Buffet. Author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby serves up a feast of Des Moines classics mixed with Iowa ...

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Iowa Agriculture: A History of Farming, Family and Food
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Iowa Agriculture: A History of Farming, Family and Food

The Tall Corn State's agricultural history influences countless aspects of modern life. To truly understand Iowa, you have to understand the culture of agriculture--the stories of the people of the land. In many ways, these are untold stories, especially as more generations of families are further removed from living or working on Iowa farms. Visitors from around the globe travel to Iowa annually for major events like the Farm Progress Show, the World Pork Expo and the World Food Prize. Agriculture has shaped Iowa's landscape from the location of towns and the evolution of the world-famous Iowa State Fair to Iowa's beloved culinary traditions like breaded pork tenderloins, sweet corn and more. Join fifth-generation I ...

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A Culinary History of Iowa: Sweet Corn, Pork Tenderloins, Maid-Rites & More (paperback book from the American Palate series)
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A Culinary History of Iowa: Sweet Corn, Pork Tenderloins, Maid-Rites & More (paperback book from the American Palate series)

Iowa's delectable cuisine is quintessentially Midwestern, grounded in its rich farming heritage and spiced with diverse ethnic influences. Classics like fresh sweet corn and breaded pork tenderloins are found on menus and in home kitchens across the state. At the world-famous Iowa State Fair, a dizzying array of food on a stick commands a nationwide cult following. From Maid-Rites to the moveable feast known as RAGBRAI, discover the remarkable stories behind Iowa originals, and savor an array of mouthwatering photos. Find recipes for favorites ranging from classic Iowa ham balls and Steak de Burgo to homemade cinnamon rolls--served with chili, of course! Author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby serves up a bountiful history of tasty tradition. Order your signed copy today, and savor ...

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Looking Back: Celebrating 50 Years of Stewart Memorial Community Hospital, Lake City, Iowa
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Looking Back: Celebrating 50 Years of Stewart Memorial Community Hospital, Lake City, Iowa

Darcy helped write many of the stories in "Looking Back," which highlights the challenges and opportunities connected to 100+years of rural health care in the small community of Lake City, Iowa. This 82-page paperback book, which was produced on the 50th anniversary of Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in 2012, combines fascinating stories, unforgettable photos, vintage news clippings and more to honor the memories of yesterday, celebrate the joys of today and offer hope for the future. 
 

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Dallas County (Images of America hardcover book)
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Dallas County (Images of America hardcover book)

This new hardcover, illustrated book is the first in-depth, non-fiction history of Dallas County, Iowa, in nearly 80 years! No Iowa county has influenced American history more than Dallas County. It propelled Harry Truman to an unlikely victory in the 1948 presidential campaign, following a fiery speech he delivered to 100,000 farmers on a sweltering September day at the National Plowing Match near Dexter.

Just 15 years earlier, a shoot-out near Dexfield Park marked the beginning of the end for infamous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde and the notorious Barrow Gang.

Dallas County, located just west of Des Moines, has produced several major-league baseball players (among them Bob Feller and Hal Manders), a US congressman (David Young), and Nile Kinnick, the 1939 Heisman ...

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Iconic Iowa Postcards featuring Darcy's photos
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Iconic Iowa Postcards featuring Darcy's photos

Iowa looks stunning in postcards, but have you notice how hard it has become to find postcards these days? That's why I've printed 15 of my most popular images that showcase the beauty of rural Iowa and feature the word "iowa" on the front of each postcard. You'll also receive a bonus postcard featuring my famous Meatloaf Burger recipe, which has been featured in "Our Iowa" magazine.  All the postcards (measuring 5.5 inches by 4.25 inches) feature vibrant colors, a glossy finish and plenty of room on the back for you to write a message. Maybe you'd just rather frame these postcards and feature unique artwork in your home or office. Postcards make a great gift for anyone! 

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15 Historic Postcards from A Culinary History of Iowa: Sweet Corn, Pork Tenderloins, Maid-Rites & More
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15 Historic Postcards from A Culinary History of Iowa: Sweet Corn, Pork Tenderloins, Maid-Rites & More

In A Culinary History of Iowa, Darcy Dougherty Maulsby uncovers classics like fresh sweet corn, breaded pork tenderloins and other delights found on menus and in home kitchens across the state. At the world-famous Iowa State Fair, a dizzying array of food on a stick commands a nationwide cult following. From Maid-Rites to 4-H, celebrate the remarkable stories behind Iowa originals with this collection of fifteen postcards.

 

 

 

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Calhoun County (Images of America paperback book)
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Calhoun County (Images of America paperback book)

Want to unlock the secret history of small-town and rural Iowa? Order Calhoun County, a 128-page, illustrated, soft-cover book published by Arcadia Publishing.

View the history of small-town, rural Iowa through the eyes of those who lived it. Images of America: Calhoun County showcases this unique heritage through remarkable glimpses into the past and intriguing stories that bring these images to life. Discover the regions pioneer heritage, the birth of the railroad and prairie towns, and the growth of some of most productive farms in the world.

Calhoun County claims two nationally acclaimed authors as native sons, welcomed Babe Ruth in 1940 (but not on the baseball field), and was the target of a bank robbery by Bonnie and Clyde in the 1930s. Calhoun County off ...

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