Conference 2020

Des Moines Skyline with large sculpture of a crouching person in the forefront. The sculpture is made up of letters of the alphabet

June 10-13, 2020 hosted by Iowa Reading and Information Service.

The historic Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel is our home for Conference 2020. The Savery has been host to countless famous guests including Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry S. Truman, Hilary Clinton, Carol Channing and Tiny Tim. This downtown hotel just completed a $20 million makeover that gutted and refitted all guest rooms with new furniture, flooring and wall coverings. Every room features walk-in showers and high speed internet access.

  • The extensive Downtown skywalk system connects about 30 city blocks including our hotel
  • The art of beer is a very big deal with 12 breweries in or around the downtown area
  • Our Farmer’s Market ranks as one of the cest in the nation with 20,000 visitors each Saturday
  • At 80 feet in diameter, the Capitol Dome is one of the largest in the world
  • Steak de burgo is a Des Moines speciality: beef tenderloin topped with butter, garlic and herbs
  • The 4-acre John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park features 30 pieces by world-class artists
  • A 1942 city ordinance prohibiting dancing between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m was repealed in 2009
  • #1 Most Popular City for Millenial Homebuyers; #5 Best Place to Live in the US; #7 Best City for Living the American Dream; #5 Best City for Successful Aging
  • In 1917, the Fort Des Moines training facility became the nation’s first Officer Candidate School for African American men. It also house the first Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II
  • Major-leaguers who’ve played for the Iowa Cubs include Greg Maddux, Rafael Palmeiro, Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, Rod Beck, Derrek Lee, Carlos Zambrano, Alfonso Soriano, and Manny Ramirez
  • Des Moines is home to Meredith Publishing and their Better Homes and Gardens test gardens and kitchens
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug created a high-yield wheat strain that saved over a billion lives from starvation. His World Food Prize is headquartered in Des Moines