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phone: 515-252-4531

Michael Vogt, a native of Gladbrook, Iowa, is presently a curator for the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge, in Johnston, Iowa.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in history with a secondary teaching endorsement in 1991 and a Master’s Degree in United States history in 1997 from the University of Northern Iowa.  He served on the Board of Directors as a volunteer and board chair for the Iowa Museum Association and the State Historical Society of Iowa Board of Trustees. Past work experience includes employment as museum director for the Historical Society of Marshall County, Iowa, site supervisor at Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, and assistant instructor at the Center for American Archaeology in Kampsville, Illinois.  In addition, he has taught as an adjunct history instructor for Grand View University, Simpson College, and Buena Vista University.  Mike has published articles on American and military history in magazines, newspapers, journals, and books including Iowa Heritage Illustrated, The Iowan, the Des Moines Register, Iowa History Journal, and The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa.  Upon completion of FAA ground school and flight training he received a pilot license in 2009.


Camp Dodge: Home Away from Home 1917-1918

Following the U.S. entry into World War I the War Department undertook the task of raising, training, equipping and arming a force large enough to successfully contribute the Allied war effort.  Camp Dodge, Iowa, was selected as one of 16 training camps for draftee soldiers.  The small Iowa National Guard camp was expanded into the largest military base in Iowa’s history. the upper Midwest.

With a PowerPoint slide show presentation, viewers will learn how, from September 1917 through November 1918, 37,111 Iowa draftees left cities, towns and farms to become soldiers during the First World War.  Period images, maps, letters, and data will detail how many of many of these Iowans left home for the first time.  For these Iowans and other inductees from the upper Midwest, Camp Dodge became their new “Home Away from Home.”


Company M, 7th U.S. Infantry Immunes during the Spanish-American War

Described by Secretary of State John Hay as a “Splendid Little War” the war with Spain became of the most popular conflicts in U.S. history.  Among the troops raised for service was Company M, 7th Immunes from Des Moines.  Thought to be immune from tropical diseases due to their African-American heritage, enthusiastic black volunteers joined the U.S. Army for service in Cuba.  A PowerPoint slide show presentation will acquaint participants with examples of local and national racism faced by black soldiers serving in a segregated army and how these Iowans persevered and performed their duty honorably and with great credit upon their home state.