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SIOUX CITY 1960-1969


The 1960s were years of notable change in Sioux City. While the community did not experience the extreme social unrest that plagued other parts of the country, the changes that occurred over the course of the decade left Sioux City a very different place in 1970 than it had been in 1959.

Curator of History, Matt Anderson, will trace these important and astounding changes. These years saw the opening of Interstate 29, the completion of the Floyd River and the Missouri River flood control projects, the first River-Cade celebration, the advent of Iowa Beef Processors (IBP), the construction of the first suburban shopping centers and the passage of a school bond issue that thoroughly reorganized Sioux City’s junior and senior high schools.

At the same time, the 1960s brought a general decline in downtown business activity, the beginnings of various urban renewal efforts aimed at slowing that decline, and the passing of Sioux City’s oldest meat packers and their replacement by new operations modeled after IBP.

By the end of the decade, Sioux City leaders could point to many significant achievements, but they had also overseen the beginnings of changes in the local economy that made business conditions quite difficult during the 1970s and 1980s.

Adequate time will be given for discussion, memories, and questions about this unique Sioux City situation.

Location: Advanced Sciences Bldg., Room L416/417, Entrance 11
Fee: No charge / Max: 100
Lifelong Learning membership not required
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2218-03

We provide refreshments so please be sure to register to ensure adequate supplies. 


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