Podcasts by Daniel G. Clark, hosted by LibSyn.com. Most shows were editions of "Trolleys, Tales & Talk" aired weekly on KWPC radio from January 2006 until May 2010.
Dan Clark and Shirley Calvert observe three years of doing this show (already!), and guests Molly Cantrell-Kraig and Laura Liegois talk up a new initiative to Keep Muscatine Beautiful. The fast talk and fun includes comparing Facebook experiences. Contact Molly via http://www.your-storyonline.com and Laura via http://ci.muscatine.ia.us/pw/transfer/index.htm . You may contact Shirley through Dan.
Direct download: ttt2008dec30.mp3
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Dan Clark and Shirley Calvert talk about Christmas and family. Dan reads "The First Christmas Tree" by Shirley's father, William D. Randall (Little Known Stories of Muscatine, Vol. 4). Next, Dan speaks with archaeologist Steve Hanken about John Brown's last trip across Iowa 150 years ago. After "liberating" slaves in Missouri (Dec. 20, 1858), Brown led a dramatic Underground Railroad trek to a real train car in West Liberty and on toward freedom. The saga continues over coming weeks as we track Brown's party into southeast Nebraska and across Iowa.
Direct download: ttt2008dec23.mp3
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Dan Clark speaks with Paul Rumler, executive director of the Quad Cities Passenger Rail Coalition ( http://www.qcrail.com ). Callers share memories of train travel and express support for future passenger service.
Direct download: ttt2008dec16.mp3
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Dan Clark speaks with Mallory Smith and Kathy Vance about an oral history project that gathered residents' stories of using and enjoying natural areas in and around Louisa County, just south of Muscatine. The interviews will be featured at a new interpretive center and preserved for future study. Learn more at http://www.tri-rivers.org/Reflections.html.
Direct download: ttt2008dec9.mp3
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Dan Clark speaks with Frank Best and Connie Street about museums and other history efforts in one of Iowa's first counties, Louisa County, just south of Muscatine. Learn more at http://LouisaCountyHistory.com.
Direct download: ttt2008dec2.mp3
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Dan Clark and Shirley Calvert welcome New England native Barbara Woodstra for a conversation about Puritans who came to Iowa plus the meaning of Thanksgiving. They discuss family values and customs for the practice of gratitude. Reminder to listeners: There is a new holiday the day after Thanksgiving. Learn more at http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org/.
Direct download: ttt2008nov25.mp3
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Dan Clark talks historic preservation--again. Which old Muscatine buildings are most important to fix up and save before it's too late? And how can we afford saving "eyesore" buildings in a time of no money for frills? And just when is "too late" anyway? Dan reads e-mail about the City's acquisition (and possible upcoming demolition) of the 1900 Henry Jayne House next door to the Art Center, and he takes calls from listeners. Learn more at http://muscatinepreservation.org and http://www.muscatinejournal.com/articles/2008/11/18/news/doc4922e607839c8083487003.txt.
Direct download: ttt2008nov18.mp3
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Jeff Shay joins Dan Clark in conversation with Bob Nagler, retired chemistry professor and World War II conscientious objector. When Bob was a boy in Iowa City, his father Floyd A. Nagler taught hydraulic engineering at the university, and Bob recalls his father's "best graduate student" visiting their home. That student was Max Stanley, later of Muscatine. Floyd Nagler's detailed surveys of Iowa rivers and streams are important historical benchmarks, and his collection of mill relics went to the UI hydraulics laboratory now named for Stanley. Floyd was also a World War I veteran whose "thorough disgust with war" moved him to promote the Oxford Peace Pledge, and he was his son's hero. Three months before Floyd died in 1933, 10-year-old Bob signed the pledge himself--a pledge not to fight in any war. Read more of the Nagler story at http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/11/11/5149.
Direct download: ttt2008nov11.mp3
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Dave Casstevens and Dave Metz join Dan Clark for an update from Friends of the Old Barn. The historic 1926 "Lowden Barn" would have been been demolished but for John Haskins' single-handed initiative nearly three years ago that led to creation of the preservation organization. Hear John at http://muscatinetours.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=399731 (Jan. 17, 2006).
Direct download: ttt2008nov4.mp3
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Pastor Paul Ostrem tells Dan Clark and Shirley Calvert about challenges that faced local German-speaking immigrants during World War I. They discuss "Loyalty Days," a chapter in Paul's book Dennoch about Zion Lutheran Church and its longtime Pastor John Haefner. Read "Loyalty Days" at http://archive.elca.org/ScriptLib/dcs/jle/article.asp?aid=540 .
Direct download: ttt2008oct28.mp3
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Dan's guests are the candidates for Iowa House District 80, incumbent Rep. Nathan Reichert ( http://www.nathanreichert.com ) and challenger Bob Howard, a Muscatine City Council member ( http://www.robertehoward.us ). Their conversation reveals agreement on supporting local "heritage tourism" and transportation infrastructure. Differences emerge as Nathan answers a radio-ad charge--not authorized by Bob--that he spent tax dollars for a "Train to Nowhere."
Direct download: ttt2008oct21.mp3
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Downtown developer Tom Meeker tells about the sidewheeler paddleboat "Pearl Button" he's bringing to Muscatine, and Don Bekker recalls riverboats from times past. Read about Tom's project at http://www.muscatinejournal.com/articles/2008/09/26/news/doc48dcf29a10a0d341692712.txt .
Direct download: ttt2008oct14.mp3
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Wes Bender, superintendent of operations for the Midwest Electric Railway, tells about history and growth of the streetcar system that moves thousands of visitors at Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant. With MERA volunteer Walter Henkel and Dan Clark and a caller who remembers Muscatine streetcars. More at http://www.oldthreshers.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.midwestElectricRailway.
Direct download: ttt2008oct7.mp3
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Dan Clark and Shirley Calvert talk about Muscatine's early Congregationalists, described as "notorious abolitionists." Dan reads "Pioneer Preacher" from Little Known Stories of Muscatine by William D. Randall, Shirley's father. More of the story at http://iagenweb.org/muscatine/biographies1911/congregationalchurch.htm .
Direct download: ttt2008sep30.mp3
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Dan Clark asks, "What would it take to put a real streetcar on the streets of Muscatine?" He reads from a federal study (http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/transportation/transit.html) and reports conversations with others who share the passion. Conclusion: "We have the brains here in Muscatine; we have the interest and enthusiasm; we even have some of the big bucks if we knew how to harness them."
Direct download: ttt2008sep23.mp3
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Dan Clark and Tom Hanifan, president of Friends of the Pine Creek Grist Mill. Tom tells about the upcoming Heritage Day at the restored 1848 mill, the oldest operating grist mill on its original site between the Mississippi River and the Rockies (pinecreekgristmill.com).
Direct download: ttt2008sep16.mp3
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Dan Clark and Frank Yoder discuss history and customs of the Amish community. A resident of the Kalona area, Frank grew up among the Amish and is an adjunct professor of history at the University of Iowa.
Direct download: ttt2008sep9.mp3
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Dan Clark asks, "What became of the Party of Lincoln?" and callers comment. Charles Potter reads from his ancestor's Civil War diary.
Direct download: ttt2008sep2.mp3
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"Trolley Sounds from Old Threshers Reunion" Aug. 29, 2008 Riding an open car of the Midwest Electric Railway at the 59th Old Threshers Reunion at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
Direct download: trolleysounds.mp3
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Dan Clark and Shirley Calvert. Shirley reads her two new essays, "Shingles" and "The Project." Dan talks up the Old Threshers Reunion and invites listeners to join him in riding the trolleys there.
Direct download: ttt2008aug26.mp3
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Dan Clark and local world-affairs blogger Keith Porter (usforeignpolicy.about.com) discuss conflict in Georgia and the Caucasus region near Muscatine's sister city Kislovodsk, Russia.
Direct download: ttt2008aug19.mp3
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Dan Clark and Jeff Boldt, co-owner of a toy store (aplanetswild.com), discuss retail shops of downtown Muscatine, then and now.
Direct download: ttt2008aug12.mp3
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Dan Clark speaks with Lorie Burton and Kayleen Teed about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (so-called Mormons) in this area. They describe their Muscatine group and tell about the historical program and pioneer activities of the pageant held every summer at Nauvoo, Illinois. Learn more at http://www.historicnauvoo.net/pageant_details.cfm .
Direct download: ttt2008aug5.mp3
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Dan Clark and Shirley Calvert with Dan's grandson Jacob and callers. They discuss Great River Days, the Zoo Garden, Japanese visitors, flood detours, brick streets, Weed Park history (reading from William D. Randall), and more.
Direct download: ttt2008jul29.mp3
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Dan Clark interviews Dave Metz about Muscatine's technology history. Dave's wizardry has helped bring old machines to life at the Pine Creek Grist Mill in Wild Cat Den State Park, and he is active in Friends of the Old Barn and other local history projects. See http://www.pinecreekgristmill.com/restoration.htm .
Direct download: ttt2008jul8.mp3
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Dan Clark and author/musician Bill Duval. At age 85, Bill plays piano at Northpark Von Maur and Port City Underground and is promoting his first book and two CDs.
Direct download: ttt2008july1.mp3
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Dan Clark and granddaughter Elise speak with Melanie Alexander, director of the Muscatine History and Industry Center. Melanie describes the "Muscatine Experience" event during "PatriArt Week" and tells what's happening at her museum.
Direct download: ttt2008jun24.mp3
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Sheila Chaudoin of Musser Public Library tells Dan Clark and Shirley Calvert about her new job at the library focusing on local history (after 36 years on staff). "She continues working at the library part-time scanning and digitizing the photographic collection of early 20th century photographer Oscar Grossheim of Muscatine and other historical materials." http://www.muscatinejournal.com/articles/2008/05/01/news/doc4819e9bd0de0e568420643.txt
Direct download: ttt2008may27.mp3
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Part 2 of Dan's conversation with Dr. Jeff Shay about Muscatine in the Civil War. We examine origins of Memorial Day and continue discussion of the book Jeff is writing.
Direct download: ttt2008may20.mp3
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Dan Clark and Frank Kelly, former executive director of the Muscatine Community Foundation and new part-time staffer for the Downtown Action Alliance. Frank talks about making Downtown more attractive for shopping and tourism.
Direct download: ttt2008may13.mp3
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Dan Clark and Dr. Jeff Shay, author of a forthcoming book about Muscatine and the Civil War, in Part 1 of a two-part conversation that continues on May 20. Dan also tells about his "Muscatine Flood 2008" slideshow which logged almost 2,000 YouTube views in its first week at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKZeJFkrfBU and plays a new recording of a 1912 tune called "Muscatine."
Direct download: ttt2008may6.mp3
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Dan Clark and architect Tom Bankhead and callers discuss business development and property improvements in the Downtown Historic District. Dan names recipients of 2008 Historic Preservation Awards.
Direct download: ttt2008apr22.mp3
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Dan Clark tells origins of MT&T, recollections of his own bus driving long ago, and more.
Direct download: ttt2008apr8.mp3
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Tom Savage and Mary Anne Kessler talk historic preservation and old-time place names. Mary Anne is a member of the Muscatine Historic Preservation Commission; Tom is author of A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names.
Direct download: ttt2008mar18.mp3
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Dan Clark and history teacher Mike Hutchison discuss Hispanic migration to the Muscatine area dating to the 1850s. This Part 1 (topic continues Feb. 5 and 12) takes off from Mike's paper "River of Steel, River of Sweat: Early Mexican-American Community in Muscatine, Iowa" http://www.immigration-usa.com/new/mexican_american.html .
Direct download: ttt2008jan8.mp3
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