Attracting nearly 400,000 visitors each year, Easter Lake Park has been a great recreational resource for central Iowa since 1967. Over the last several years, Easter Lake has faced diminishing water quality as development in the area has increased. Partners of the Easter Lake Watershed Project are now aiming towards improving the 178-acre lake by taking action through in-lake improvements and projects throughout the 6,380-acre watershed. Now in Phase 2 of the project, many improvements have already been made, with many more on the way.
Rachelle Chase, author of Lost Buxton, will present “Buxton, Iowa: A Coal Mining Town Ahead of Its Time.” In 1900, at a time when Jim Crow, segregation, and the Ku Klux Klan kept blacks and whites separated, residents in Buxton, Iowa—a thriving coal mining town established by Consolidation Coal Company—lived, worked, and went to school side by side. African Americans—miners, teachers, business owners, doctors, lawyers, and more—made up more than half of the population for the first 10 years and remained the largest ethnic group until 1914.