Preserving our History
The charge of the SCV is to honor the heritage and history of our southern ancestors. Part of that charge includes preserving their histories and their influence on the culture of the lands they settled. A very common question for the members of the Iowa Division is “What southern history is there to preserve in Iowa?” The answer to that question is on this page. It provides a glimpse into Iowa’s past and the influences that carried into the future to help form modern day Iowa. Our purpose is to preserve the history of the many Southerner’s who built the foundations for what Iowa would become and ultimately who Iowan’s are today. According to Secretary of State William C. Hayward, it was Southerners who most strongly influenced the state and not New Englanders as is most commonly thought. Those Southerner’s who ventured forth into the lands now known as Iowa, did so with a love of the land and of liberty and of the law to guard it. It’s also important to understand the Knights of the Golden Circle, the Order of American Knights, the Copperhead movement and other southern oriented groups in Iowa who supported the southern cause along with many who either went south to enlist or enlisted in the Confederate Armed forces from Iowa. This is their history and Iowa’s history. This page will highlight not only official SCV events but periodically portraits of Sourthener's who came to Iowa and left behind a permanent and lasting impact.