First in the Nation
Shaping Presidential Politics Since 1972
Featuring images, film clips, newspaper articles and nearly 200 artifacts from 1972 to 2012, First in the Nation explores candidates’ journeys through the Iowa caucus cycle. From early visits to the state to declaring a presidential bid, follow the path that candidates take as they organize their Iowa campaigns, meet with the people of Iowa, and participate in the excitement of caucus day. While Iowa does not pick the president, it does serve the important role of narrowing the field of candidates and it takes pride in hosting the first in the nation presidential contest.
- Watch a video about Iowa’s unique position as host of the first in the nation caucus
- Vote for your favorite Iowa historic site
- Take a selfie with your favorite 2016 presidential candidate
- Get your photo taken with Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter