Iowa State Holds Huge Sale of Items on Homecoming Weekend

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AMES, Iowa -- Those coming to Ames for Homecoming at Iowa State will have one more place they may want to stop.

The University has acquired a large collection of art donated to the school by the estate of the late Donna Howard, a 1952 alumna of the school. The items will be sold at a University building at 925 Airport Road, the former Van Wall building.

Howard passed away in Oregon, where she had lived for the past 20 years. She was an art and ceramic collector.

"She gave her entire estate to us," said Norm Hill, the Iowa State Director of Materials. "Some of the foundation people and museum people went out and we ended up bringing back a truck load of paintings.”

Howard collected paintings of her uncle Orr C. Fisher, a native of Mt Ayr, Iowa, known for painting some post office murals around Iowa, and was a well-known painter in the 30’s. Many of Fisher’s works will be for sale. Some people with Mt. Ayr roots plan to attend the event.

The sale will include a civil war era sword, a 1777 era 3 volume explorer set, valued at $5,000.

Hill said he hopes people coming back to ISU for homecoming will have a chance to stop to see the items.

The sale will take place Thursday, Oct. 29 from 4-8 p.m.

Friday Oct. 30 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 1 1-4 p.m.

For more information on the items for sale, click here.

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