Speakers Bureau Program with Liz Garst. The Garst Family has deep roots in the history of Iowa. Using her family experience in Coon Rapids, Liz recounts the history of agricultural development in Iowa, from early settlement through the fabulous mid-century explosion of farm productivity, based on the hybrid seeds, machinery, fertilizers and livestock technologies promoted by her grandfather. Liz Garst tells how it came to pass that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his family visited the Garst family in 1959, and recalls fun stories from her personal memories as an 8 year old participant. Imbedded in the entertaining story are history and economics lessons and a powerful message about the ability of an individual to make a difference.
Funded program of Humanities Iowa. Humanities Iowa (HI) is committed to bringing the humanities to the public through grant making, publications, and through interactive programming and events. Founded in 1971, HI is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington D.C.