Iowa Celebrates 175th Anniversary of Statehood

December 27, 2021 3:00pm

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Cold War Visitor

 

Soviet Union Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited Iowa in September 1959, including stops in Ames, Des Moines and Coon Rapids, where farmer and businessman Roswell Garst (1898-1977) hosted him on his family farm. Many believe the Khrushchev-Garst meeting was the first step in ending the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States.