Presented by Dr. Thomas Schulein. You may be familiar with a large empty lot on Friendship Street where a large brick factory once stood. W. F. Main had a vision for a small "factory town" on the outskirts of Iowa City. This entity, really a rural subdivision, became a reality in 1900, with some lofty aims set by this entrepreneur. When development of the land did not go quite as planned, some interesting marketing tactics were used. This presentation will trace the history of early manufacturing concerns in the neighborhood and describe the suburban development of "East Iowa City" up to the present.
WOW: Weber on Wednesday is a month long celebration of local history held in May of each year honnoring the memory of Iowa City's unofficial historian Irving B. Weber.
This event is open to the public.
This event will be broadcast LIVE on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.