Virtual Presentation Catalog

The virtual programs listed below are free for communities that provide housing to the aging population in Iowa (sometimes referred to as Senior Living Communities or SLC) and Iowa Senior Centers. Due to funding, our free programs are limited to these groups at this time. Please review the requirements on our Request a Live Program page to determine if your organization has the technological capabilities to host a live virtual program.

Connected for Life organizes programming and content through themes that explore objects in our collections focused on art, archaeology, natural history, and historical archives. These themes help to unite the diverse collections among four world-class museum and library units at the University of Iowa (UI): Stanley Museum of Art, Office of the State Archaeologist, Pentacrest Museums, and UI Libraries.

Over the course of the next year, we will be adding new themes and additional programs. Check back often for new additions!

The presenters are as follows: SM=Stanley Museum, OSA=Office of the State Archaeologist, LIB=UI Libraries, PM=Pentacrest Museums.

Our current themes:


TopicDescriptionProgram TypePresenterClick to Request
The 1837 Ioway MapThis map illustrates villages and travel routes of the Ioway people. Learn about why it was created and see archaeological objects from sites located on the map.60-min presentation w/ Q&AOSARequest
Alexander Calder: The Man, His Mobiles, and MoreA discussion on this innovative American sculptor60-min presentation w/ Q&ASMRequest
The Art of CollectingWhat does it mean to collect something and why do people collect? What does it say about us as humans, society, and history? Explore the meaning behind the art of collecting. Audiences will get to meet people with unique personal collections and the stories their collections tell.60-min presentation w/ Q&APM & LIBRequest
Art Movements & Style: Romanticism to Abstract ExpressionismExplore some of the most well-known art movements through pieces from the Stanley Museum of Art collections.60-min presentation w/ Q&ASMRequest
Designed to Win: An Examination of Presidential Political ButtonsHow can one’s entire political philosophy fit in a 1-inch diameter space? What can something as small as a pin-back button do to rouse crowds into action, inspire allegiance for national support, or convince someone to oppose a rival? From the collection of J. Patrick White (Iowa alum), this exhibit examines the art and rhetoric of historic presidential campaigns and the buttons that were designed to win them.60-min presentation w/ Q&APMRequest
Hard Won Not Done: Untold Stories of the Suffrage MovementCommemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment. Presenting the exhibition, “Hard Won, Not Done: A Century’s Struggle.” we examine the suffragists’ work at the national, state, and local levels which carried us through our first step toward gender equality: a woman’s right to vote. A monumental step, it was but the first of many—some still ahead. 60-min presentation w/ Q&APMRequest
Lights, Camera, Action: Early Cinema in IowaA look at the Brinton Entertaining Company Papers and what they reveal about early film shown in Iowa.30-min presentation w/ Q&ALIBRequest
Through Her Lens: Female Photographers and the Stories Behind Their WorkA discussion on female photographers including photographs in the Stanley Museum of Art collections.60-min presentation w/ Q&ASMRequest


TopicDescriptionProgram TypePresenterClick to Request
Crops of Ancient IowaThe roots of farming in Iowa go back more than 3,000 years. Evidence from archaeological sites and the oral histories of Indigenous peoples teaches us about these plants, who grew them, and the tools they used. 60-min presentation w/ Q&AOSARequest
Crops of Ancient IowaA shorter version of the above program for those with more limited time.30-min presentation w/ Q&AOSARequest
Post Office Murals: Putting a Stamp on ArtA look at some of the State of Iowa’s 39 New Deal Post Office Murals. From 1934-43, there were 1400 murals created nationwide in 1300 cities. Learn about the artists behind the murals and their artwork in the Stanley Museum of Art collections.60-min presentation w/ Q&ASMRequest

Flora and Fauna

TopicDescriptionProgram TypePresenterClick to Request
Beyond Food: Ancestral Native American Use of Deer and BisonHunting was a vital resource for Ancestral Native Americans. Besides essential nutrition, bison and deer provided raw materials for everything from tools and string to musical instruments and beautiful artwork. Archaeology provide a glimpse into the creative uses found for these creatures.60-min presentation w/ Q&AOSARequest
Cooking with SzathmaryA look at the Culinary Cookbook Collection in the UI Library’s Special Collections.60-min presentation w/ Q&ALIBRequest
Main Library Exhibit TourA guided virtual tour of the latest exhibit on display at UI Libraries.60-min Virtual Gallery TourLIBRequest
The Meskwaki Talking PapersAround 1830, Wacochaci, a important Meskwaki chief, created amazing pictographs on pen and paper that depict 100+ species of animals, birds and fish. View these pictographs and see archaeological artifacts that were created from or relate to species drawn by Wacochachi.60-min presentation w/ Q&AOSARequest
Still Life: Bringing the Story Behind the Genre to the TableA discussion of the still life genre using examples from the Stanley Museum of Art collections.60-min presentation w/ Q&ASMRequest
Stopping to Smell the FlowersA quick history of botanical books and illustrations.30-min presentation w/ Q&ALIBRequest
TopicDescriptionProgram TypePresenterClick to Request
Iowa Hall TourA 500-million-year adventure through Iowa’s geological, cultural, and ecological history.60-min Virtual Gallery TourPMRequest
Main Library Exhibit TourA guided virtual tour of the latest exhibit on display at UI Libraries.60-min Virtual Gallery TourLIBRequest
The Old Capitol Tour: Stories under the Golden DomeThe Old Capitol dome is the University of Iowa’s logo and remains one of the most recognizable images and landmarks in the state of Iowa.  In the 175 years since the cornerstone was laid, the building has undergone multiple additions and renovations, as well as surviving a major fire in 2001. Travel back in time to discover the many fascinating stories, people, events, and societal impact this building witnessed over its 175 years of existence.60-min Virtual Gallery TourPMRequest