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Des Moines, Iowa
Documenting Immigration in Iowa
NEH funding helped Jody Swilky present his award-winning documentary, A Little Salsa on the Prairie to communities throughout Iowa. Image courtesy of Jody Swilky.

With funding from Humanities Iowa, the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jody Swilky researched, wrote, and co-produced A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character of Perry, Iowa. The documentary, which premiered in 2007, explores the impact of immigration on the small rural Iowa city and has had a lasting impact on conversations about immigration in the state. And further NEH funding has helped Swilky update his research and bring it to communities throughout Iowa.

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