Students from Vinton-Shellsburg high school’s American Humanities class recently visited the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo, accompanied by local veterans of the armed services. Donations made through the Vinton Shellsburg Community School Foundation have paid for the trip in years past, and this year’s sponsor was John’s Qwik Stop.

The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum has exhibits of wars fought in by Iowa veterans. Students can look up an Iowa veteran’s name and see where they were from, or they can look up a town to see that community’s veterans.

“The museum provides students with the opportunity to see the role Iowa has played in our military’s history,” says Kelly Steffen, a social studies teacher at Vinton-Shellsburg who helped organize the event, “and the museum does it in such a way that the students are engaged the whole time we are there.  We truly enjoy our time at the museum.  We would like to thank all of those who have made our trips possible including, AmVets commander Denny Miller, the veterans who have given their time providing personal remembrances of their service, John’s Qwik Stop, and the Vinton Shellsburg Community School Foundation. We hope to visit the museum with students again next year.”

After the event, Vinton Shellsburg Superintendent Hainstock was pleased to receive this message from Bob Neymeyer, Historian for the Grout Museum District where the Sullivan Brothers Veterans Museum is located.

“I want to take a moment to commend the Vinton-Shellsburg Schools for again bringing a social studies class to visit the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum here in Waterloo.  It is important that students have an opportunity to hear the message of service and sacrifice of Iowa veterans.” Mr. Neymeyer went on to conclude by saying, “Your students are interested, courteous and appreciative. Your staff, headed by Kelly Steffen, does a great job of expanding the visit by having local Vinton veterans speak.  Your local American Legion, headed by Denny Miller, helps organize and underwrite the cost.  In all, a great collaboration of school and community. As the historian here, I look forward to having Vinton-Shellsburg visit.”

If you would like to help fund next year’s trip to the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, you can do so at the school Foundation website, or by mailing a check to the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District Foundation at 1502 C. Avenue, Vinton, IA 52349. Please note “Sullivan Brothers 2019” on the memo line. The Vinton-Shellsburg Community School Foundation is a tax-deductible, 501 (c) 3.