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WikiProject Iowa (Rated NA-class)
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This Project is currently serving primarily as a noticeboard about Iowa-related things. 39 watchers, though, as of December 2014, so if you have anything cool to show off or need some help, let us know!

Bob Feller Farm Photo[edit]

The Feller Farmstead, a national registered historic place, is NE of Van Meter in Dallas County. There is a house and is or was a red barn. The barn may have recently collapsed, I'm not sure. I'm working on a article for this NRHP. Is there someone that has or can get a photo of the house and/or barn? Much thanks! PumpkinSky talk 02:35, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Photo of Chief Wapello statue[edit]

Hello! Posting this info for any of the Iowa group wh may be within easy driving distance of Ottumwa. The large (450 lb) statue of Chief Wapello -- created originally circa 120 yrs ago -- will be on display inside the Wapello County courthouse in Otumwa for the next few weeks. This statue normally resides atop the courthouse however it was damaged by a t-storm in June 2012 and has undergone repair and restoration. That work is now complete and probably sometime in July it will return to its rooftop location five stories up.

My point: Only twice before (last in the 1950s) in its history has the rather ornate statue been on ground level. This would be a most opportune time for someone to take a photo and upload to Wikipedia Commons for addition to the Chief Wapello and Wapello County articls. Statue photos get rather tricky (licensing wise) sometimes, but considering the original age I think it would qualify as Public Domain, the orginal creator being long since dead. I live in Missouri and cannot make it to Ottumwa to snap a photo, but I thought I'd alert the Iowa Wikiproject group about it in case someone wanted to take up the task. Best regards, Sector001 (talk) 07:31, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

Revision of "Antoine LeClaire" article (métis trader from Iowa)[edit]

To whom it may concern,

Unless one can source it, I highly doubt the authenticity of the following statement: "His father, Francois LeClaire, was French Canadian and came to the Americas with Lafayette."

The LeClaire name came to Québec (part of French North America) probably sometime in the late 1600s or early 1700s. This would have been way before the time of Lafayette and the American War of Independence in the 1770s...

The French in Québec (as well as métis further west) and the French soldiers of Lafayette who came from France are not the same... Moreover, I doubt French soldiers of Lafayette (coming from France) would have stayed and settled in Québec after the US War of Independence since at that time Québec (and all of French Canada) was ruled by the British, having officially taken it over in a 1763 treaty. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Acadien42 (talkcontribs) 17:28, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

I'm sure you've resolved this by now, but a dubious unsourced statement like this can generally be removed. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about the topic, so can't help out. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 03:51, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

Town Photo Collection Now Available[edit]

Hi Iowa Wikipedians! Long time. Just wanted to let you know that I have finally put my collection of 7204 photographs from 213 towns in 59 counties in Iowa on line. These include general town photos (of varying quality), as well as NRHP buildings. They all have the Creative Commons CC BY-NC 3.0 license. They can be found at:

For a variety of reasons, I can't Wikipedia anymore, but I'd love to see these photos go to good use. Peace, Bill Whittaker (talk) 15:26, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Here is a list of all the towns: Ackley, Iowa, Adair, Iowa, Allison, Iowa, Altoona, Iowa, Anamosa, Iowa, Ankeny, Iowa, Aplington, Iowa, Argyle, Iowa, Atkins, Iowa, Austinville, Iowa, Ballyclough, Iowa, Belle Plaine, Iowa, Blairsburg, Iowa, Boone Forks, Iowa, Brandon, Iowa, Brighton, Iowa, Buckeye, Iowa, Burlington, Iowa, Canoe Ridge, Iowa, Cascade, Iowa, Cedar, Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Charter Oak, Iowa, Chester, Iowa, Clarksville, Iowa, Clear Lake, Iowa, Colfax, Iowa, Columbus Junction, Iowa, Coppock, Iowa, Coralville, Iowa, Cotter, Iowa, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dakota City, Iowa, Davenport, Iowa, Dayton, Iowa, Decorah, Iowa, Defiance, Iowa, Denison, Iowa, Denmark, Iowa, Denver, Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa, DeSoto, Iowa, Dike, Iowa, Donnellson, Iowa, Dubuque, Iowa, Dyersville, Iowa, Early, Iowa, Fairfield, Iowa, Fertile, Iowa, Festina, Iowa, Fillmore, Iowa, Floyd, Iowa, Fort Atkinson, Iowa, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Fort Madison, Iowa, Franklin, Iowa, Fredonia, Iowa, Freeport, Iowa, Fremont, Iowa, Frytown, Iowa, Garnavillo, Iowa, Glenwood, Iowa, Grandview, Iowa, Grinnell, Iowa, Guttenberg, Iowa, Hardscrabble, Iowa, Harlan, Iowa, Haskins, Iowa, Hedrick, Iowa, Hills, Iowa, Homestead, Iowa, Humboldt, Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, Iowa Falls, Iowa, Irving, Iowa, Janesville, Iowa, Joice, Iowa, Kalona, Iowa, Keokuk, Iowa, Keota, Iowa, Kingston, Iowa, Kinross, Iowa, La Crew, Iowa, Ladora, Iowa, Lake Mills, Iowa, Lancaster, Iowa, Le Grand, Iowa, Lehigh, Iowa, Lime Springs, Iowa, Linby, Iowa, Linn Grove, Iowa, Lisbon, Iowa, Lockridge, Iowa, Lowell, Iowa, Luxemburg, Iowa, Lytton, Iowa, Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, Malcom, Iowa, Marengo, Iowa, Marion, Iowa, Marquette, Iowa, Martelle, Iowa, Martinsburg, Iowa, Maynard, Iowa, McGregor, Iowa, Mediapolis, Iowa, Millville, Iowa, Milo, Iowa, Missouri Valley, Iowa, Modale, Iowa, Mondamin, Iowa, Monroe, Iowa, Monticello, Iowa, Montrose, Iowa, Moorhead, Iowa, Morning Sun, Iowa, Morse, Iowa, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Mount Vernon, Iowa, Mt. Hamill, Iowa, National, Iowa, New Boston, Iowa, New Hampton, Iowa, New London, Iowa, New Vienna, Iowa, Noble, Iowa, Oakville, Iowa, Oelwein, Iowa, Olds, Iowa, Ollie, Iowa, Orchard, Iowa, Osage, Iowa, Oskaloosa, Iowa, Otho, Iowa, Otley, Iowa, Oxford, Iowa, Pacific Junction, Iowa, Packwood, Iowa, Palo, Iowa, Parkers Grove, Iowa, Parkersburg, Iowa, Pella, Iowa, Peterson, Iowa, Pisgah, Iowa, Pleasant Plain, Iowa, Pomeroy, Iowa, Prairie City, Iowa, Readlyn, Iowa, Richland, Iowa, Roberts, Iowa, Rochester, Iowa, Rome, Iowa, Rubio, Iowa, Rudd, Iowa, Rutland, Iowa, Sac City, Iowa, Salem, Iowa, Sawyer, Iowa, Shell Rock, Iowa, Shellsburg, Iowa, Shueyville, Iowa, Sigourney, Iowa, Sioux City, Iowa, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, Sixteen, Iowa, Soldier, Iowa, Solon, Iowa, South Amana, Iowa, South English, Iowa, Spillville, Iowa, Spillville Mill, Iowa, Springdale, Iowa, St. Ansgar, Iowa, Stacyville, Iowa, Stone City, Iowa, Storm Lake, Iowa, Stratford, Iowa, Sutliff, Iowa, Swedesburg, Iowa, Swisher, Iowa, Tama, Iowa, Timber Ridge, Iowa, Toeterville, Iowa, Toledo, Iowa, Toolesboro, Iowa, Urbana, Iowa, Ute, Iowa, Volney, Iowa, Walcott, Iowa, Walford, Iowa, Walnut, Iowa, Wapello, Iowa, Washington, Iowa, Waterloo, Iowa, Waukon, Iowa, Waverly, Iowa, Wayland, Iowa, Webster, Iowa, Wellman, Iowa, West Branch, Iowa, West Liberty, Iowa, West Point, Iowa, West Union, Iowa, Westfield, Iowa, Wever, Iowa, Williams, Iowa, Winfield, Iowa, Winterset, Iowa, Worthington, Iowa, Wyman, Iowa, and Yarmouth, Iowa.

Unfortunately, that NC license makes them "fair use" photos on Wikipedia. The only restrictions we accept here are BY and SA. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 23:51, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
Great news! The images have been re-licensed as CC-BY-SA 4.0, so they can be used here freely. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 21:05, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride 2014[edit]

You are invited to participate in Wiki Loves Pride 2014, a campaign to create and improve LGBT-related content at Wikipedia and its sister projects. The campaign will take place throughout the month of June, culminating with a multinational edit-a-thon on June 21. Meetups are being held in some cities, or you can participate remotely. All constructive edits are welcome in order to contribute to Wikipedia's mission of providing quality, accurate information. Articles within Category:LGBT in the Americas may be of particular interest. You can also upload LGBT-related images by participating in Wikimedia Commons' LGBT-related photo challenge. You are encouraged to share the results of your work here. Happy editing! --Another Believer (Talk) 20:57, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Whether this is a good idea for other projects, I don't know, but I know what happened at Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa. Projects like this one devolve into noticeboards instead of regularly-active projects because they are on less-well-covered topics and are driven by a small number of personalities. When I was more active, I was able to round up a few folks to get some projects done. But our priorities diverged over time and several of us became less active on Wikipedia. Hence, less active project. No mystery here. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 23:43, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Expert attention[edit]

This is a notice about Category:Iowa articles needing expert attention, which might be of interest to your WikiProject. It will take a while before the category is populated. Iceblock (talk) 21:46, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the notice! – Philosopher Let us reason together. 23:53, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

To do[edit]

I've updated the project's to do list with some ideas, just in case anyone finds themselves wanting some more work. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 23:53, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live![edit]

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Hello everyone!

You may have received a message from me earlier asking you to comment on my WikiProject X proposal. The good news is that WikiProject X is now live! In our first phase, we are focusing on research. At this time, we are looking for people to share their experiences with WikiProjects: good, bad, or neutral. We are also looking for WikiProjects that may be interested in trying out new tools and layouts that will make participating easier and projects easier to maintain. If you or your WikiProject are interested, check us out! Note that this is an opt-in program; no WikiProject will be required to change anything against its wishes. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Note: To receive additional notifications about WikiProject X on this talk page, please add this page to Wikipedia:WikiProject X/Newsletter. Otherwise, this will be the last notification sent about WikiProject X.

Harej (talk) 16:57, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

I put my 2¢ at Wikipedia:WikiProject X/Stories#WikiProject Iowa. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 23:31, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

List of county courthouses in Iowa[edit]

Created Template:County courthouses in Iowa. --Southern Iowan (talk) 14:04, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Awesome! – Philosopher Let us reason together. 00:13, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Board of Regents[edit]

I have created an article for the state's board of regents. I was wondering how we should deal with this stylistically on other pages. Should we accept Iowa Board of Regents as an acceptable reference, or always stick to the official name, which is Board of Regents, State of Iowa? Your input is appreciated! Medtion (talk) 20:45, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Late comment, I know, but @Medtion: I would prefer "Iowa Board of Regents", for the article title as being closer to the WP:COMMONNAME. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 17:40, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

RM: Barry Davis (amateur wrestler)[edit]

Greetings! I have recently relisted a requested move discussion at Talk:Barry Davis (amateur wrestler), regarding a page relating to this WikiProject. Discussion and opinions are invited. Thanks, –Chase (talk / contribs) 22:23, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride[edit]

You are invited to participate in Wiki Loves Pride!

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User:Another Believer and User:OR drohowa


Hello all! I was curious if anyone else thought it might be a good idea to make a (nonbinding) guideline on how all the individual US state WikiProjects should organize themselves, to help standardize them. I originally put this suggestion in the WikiProject United States talk page, so feel free to look there if you're interested. It's pretty empty though; basically all they said was to see what each of the individual projects thought about it. Please tell me if you have any concerns with this idea; hopefully we can find a way for everyone to love it! Also, I'm new at making proposals, so please forgive me if I do anything silly. :) Hope that you like this idea! JonathanHopeThisIsUnique (talk) 04:55, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

@JonathanHopeThisIsUnique: Different WikiProjects serve different purposes (see my post at Wikipedia:WikiProject X/Stories/Archive 1#WikiProject Iowa), so I don't think a single guideline or suggested template would be a good idea, even if non-binding. A list of "available elements for Project design" might be handy, I suppose, but I suspect that many Project designers already look at existing projects to see what features they think will be most useful to their own project. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 20:16, 3 August 2015 (UTC)