Accidentally Historic is a podcast created by the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County that features stories of the extensive history of Council Bluffs. Based on location alone, Council Bluffs plays an important role in many historical tales, including the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Mormon Trail, and Abraham Lincoln’s designation of CB as mile zero for the transcontinental railroad.
Museum Director Kat Slaughter created the concept of the podcast, Tara Warner coined the clever name, and Dr. Richard Warner conducts the unforgettable interviews on the podcast.
The podcast has featured serval local experts, including Brenda Mainwaring, Tom Emmett, Patricia LaBounty, Adam Van Osdel, Andy Peters, Ryan Roenfeld, and so many more. They’ve covered topics including “Council Bluffs’ Tiniest Couple,” “The Black Angel’s Secret,” “Women of the Rails,” and “Council Bluffs Squirrel Cage Ghosts,” to name a few.
Early in July, it was announced that the Accidentally Historic Podcast and Council Bluffs Revealed video series are the recipients of the 2022 Loren Horton Community History Award certificate of recognition for outstanding research or publication by the State Historical Society of Iowa.
The Historical Societies' YouTube video series, Council Bluffs Revealed, was also a part of this award recognition. The channel features a plethora of videos covering the stories that made Council Bluffs the city it is today.
Congratulations to the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County for this well-deserved award. Visit their website to learn more about the important work they do to preserve and tell the important tales of the past.
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