Organizers

A team of volunteers is leading the charge for History Camp Iowa, but we’re happy to have any help we can get! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in getting involved.

Danny Akright holds bachelors degrees in history and journalism, as well as a masters degree in public administration, all from Drake University. He currently works for his alma mater’s communications office. Danny’s historical interests stem from his family’s own history (Revolutionary War, Civil War, Oklahoma Land Rush, World War II) and the history of the lands he’s lived in (Kansas City, Des Moines, London). In his free time, Danny likes to spend time on a bicycle and behind a camera.

Megan Bendixen credits the many excellent teachers who insisted on exploring people’s stories beyond a static timeline for her love of history. A proud Cyclone, Megan holds a History degree and a Social Studies teaching license from Iowa State University, and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University. Her favorite areas of history focus on women, politics, and the intersection of both. She is fascinated by knitting, the Spanish Civil War, and, recently, bicycling. Megan currently serves as the Legislative & Policy Analyst for the Iowa Medical Society.

Hope Grebner holds a bachelors degree in History from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois as well as masters degrees in U.S. History and Library Science from Indiana University. She is currently the Political Papers Archivist at Drake University, where she is processing the papers of former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. Hope’s historical interests include 20th Century congressional history (specifically the 1960s), the history of immigration policy, as well as disability history. In her free time, Hope enjoys running and coaching basketball.

Leo E. Landis is museum curator for the State Historical Museum of Iowa. Prior to that he worked at Salisbury House in Des Moines, Living History Farms in Urbandale, Conner Prairie in Fishers, Ind.; and eight years as a curator at Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich. He serves on the board of the Iowa Museum Association, and is active in the American Association for State and Local History and the American Alliance of Museums. Leo received his Bachelor of Science in History from Iowa State University and his Masters of Arts in History from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. He has completed all but his dissertation toward a Ph.D. in History from Iowa State University. His fields of interest included Midwestern Cultural History and Environmental History.

Dan Rasmussen is an Iowa State graduate in the field of history. He is currently working at Living History Farms and Hy-Vee, and is involved in the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Military and political history are Dan’s main areas of interest and knowledge. He enjoys playing baseball and tennis. He is a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.