USS Iowa BB-4 Exhibit Fundraiser
Help us commemorate the first steel battleship to be named Iowa!
The Grout Museum District needs your help in bringing to life a new permanent exhibit at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum. Like her WWII-era successor, USS Iowa (BB-4) was the finest American warship of her day. Commissioned in 1897, she was the US Navy’s first ocean-going battleship—larger and faster than her contemporaries. A hero of the Spanish-American War, she is forever integral to the story of the ascendancy of the US Navy and America’s primacy on the world’s oceans.
Help us make this exhibit possible! Museum staff are working hard to seek out objects and documents to help us tell the story of the first Battleship Iowa. The exhibit, which will be located on the museum’s lower level between the Spanish-American War and WWI, will examine both the ship’s 25-year service and the lives of the men who served aboard her. It will feature photographs taken of and aboard the ship, examples of real and reproduction projectiles fired by her main and secondary battery guns, and the personal effects of one of her crew—himself a native Iowan. All that is needed is your support! Support this project here.