Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa DOT launches virtual museum

Posted on: October 14, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 11, 2013 – In the midst of celebrating the Iowa Department of Transportation’s 100th anniversary, the agency found a new way to preserve and share its rich history. The Iowa DOT’s virtual museum at showcases artifacts, architecture, arts, and awards from all parts of the agency.

Historical items, and the stories that go along with many of them, are being cataloged and placed online for anyone to access. Leighton Christiansen, Iowa DOT librarian, is curating the new museum. “I’m fairly new to the Iowa DOT,” he said. “When I walk around the agency’s complex in Ames, I have noticed many offices have display cases containing historical items and various awards. In the back of my mind, I wondered about the history behind the items. A virtual museum opens up a whole new avenue for both employees and the public to expand their knowledge of what the Iowa DOT is all about.”

Christiansen said, “This is a long-term project. The plan is to continue to add new museum items on a regular basis under each of the four categories: artifacts, architecture, arts, and awards.


Contact: Leighton Christiansen at 515-239-1200 or

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