• Iowans are forward thinking
  • Land Grant Story connects the land
  • Land abstracts fund Iowa State Agricultural College
  • Land Grant Legacy

This legacy belongs to all Iowans.

 The first Iowans called for a new kind of college - one based on science and open to all; one dedicated to the education of the working people of Iowa. That was 1846, today we are Iowa State University. The stories here and ones yet to be added tell of our connection to each other, the land and the people's university.  

Sharing stories that recall how Iowa's land grant came to be and ones that tell of significant accomplishments made by those with ties to the university honors the dreams of early settlers.  They are the basis of our legacy and nurture our hopes for future generations - and a strong Iowa.

  • LOCATE LAND PARCELS ON THIS MAP  Funding for the land-grant college began in 1862 with the lease and sale of federal land in 27 Iowa counties. Explore the map to locate land grant parcels (red squares; squares are gold after validation), change map background or add layers of historical data, share via social media or print the map.
  • VALIDATE OUR MAP DATA Complete an abstract information form if an original parcel (red square) lies within your land; this will validate our data and your land-grant connection.  This video walks you through the validation process.
  • SHARE YOUR LAND GRANT PARCEL STORY By sharing the story of your connection to the land and the history of the families on the land you give others a way to connect to this great legacy.
  • IOWANS FIRST IN THE NATION Historically, Iowans have been first in the nation to take action. Meet the leaders; learn about the role Iowans take in agricultural progress and educational commitment.
  • STORIES OF THE LAND, THE PEOPLE ON THE LAND Learn how settlers connected to and built a life on the land.  How has the land and the people on the land supported agriculture and education?  Find out about current activity on the land.  Does your heritage connect with this statewide story?
  • SHARE A STORY Do you have a family member that has graduated from Iowa State has made Iowa stronger? Share the story.