Our American Stories Comes to Iowa

Our Iowa Stories

Our American Stories and WHO is hosting a live storytelling event on Wednesday July 14th in the Des Moines area. It will be a night of beautiful and inspiring stories from the great people of Iowa. The storytellers will be picked from our storytelling contest. The best submissions will perform their stories live at the event, and the audience will vote on their favorites.

The top three winners will receive cash prizes. $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $250 for third place. You will be able to order food and drinks during the event. It will take place at the Machine Shed, and begins at 6:30pm. Join us for an inspiring night of great American stories. It’s free! Register here.

So far, I know two finalists: Emina Hastings, who came to Iowa as a teenager with her parents two dozen years ago as refugees of the Bosnian war. They were one of the families we helped get started here.

Also Marilyn Bode, a childhood friend who caught polio in 1952 and underwent extensive physical therapy at home.

Lee Habeeb at the God and County Celebration

Our American Stories founder Lee Habeeb will be the guest speaker at the 15th Annual God and Country Celebration north of Adel (25289 N Avenue) on Sunday, July 18, at 10:00.

Potluck, paddleboat, zip line, and pond fun after. Bring side dish to share, swim gear, lawn chairs, and friends!
Location is North of Adel on 169 between The County Farm and “The Button Hole” Entrance will be marked with orange cones. Map and information here.

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