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Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #11

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This is the 11th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder (from a stop Oct. 29–30 in Grinnell, Iowa), who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition:

We are really starting to rack up the state count with Gateway to Knowledge. Iowa makes number seven; that’s not too shabby for a month.  We’ve watched the weather change from 90+ degrees to chilly fall mornings and have been to some great communities.  These are all a good warm-up for spending Halloween weekend in Grinnell, IA.

Our host, Grinnell College, couldn’t think of a better spot for us than the middle of campus, putting us right in the center of students’ daily activities.   Curiosity just gets the better of you walking by this giant truck and you have to check it out.  Unlike other college campus visits we have made, I think most of these students wanted to come inside to see how the trailer worked.

Spending two lovely days in Grinnell, it was easy to see why Abby Rapoport enjoyed her time there.  We even met a few students whom worked with her while she was editor of the campus newspaper.  Scarlet & Black, the Grinnell College newspaper, ran a very nice piece about the tour and their alumnus Abby.

I enjoyed all of the families stopping by to see us, and a few were already donning Halloween costumes.  It’s not every day that a lion stops by the exhibit, but we were glad to have bookmarks on hand to share with our smaller visitors.  Not a candy bar, but they all seemed to be having fun.  Next year we’ll have to carve a pumpkin.


  1. This is a wonderfull oppertunity for all americans to actually see some history of our nation. and remind americans of the great history of our nation. Lets us not forget where we have been so that we can see clear to the future.. great job…..
    I hope to see you in california..

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