The latest exhibit from the UNI Museum focuses on the life and art of Herb Hake, local television, radio personality and cartoon artist. Hake was known throughout Iowa for his focus on local history, and he would travel the state discussing various historical tidbits about many of Iowa’s towns. This exhibit will focus on Hake’s work as a pioneer in broadcasting and Iowa history education, including never-before exhibited works featuring local Cedar Falls personalities. In conjunction with the Cedar Falls Author’s Festival, this exhibit aims to educate the public on the amazing local talent that has come from Cedar Falls and to continue Hake’s work of celebrating local history through imagery and storytelling.
For the grand opening, we will invite speakers who personally knew Hake to share their impressions of his life’s work. Doug Vernier and Carl Jenkins both worked and studied with Hake, and will share anecdotes and provide insight on how Hake’s mind worked. From all accounts, Hake was a renaissance man who defies definition. Being able to speak with people who have worked closely with Hake will allow our visitors to understand the impact that he has had on our community.
The grand opening will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, in the UNI Museum. We will feature speakers who personally knew Hake to share their impressions of his life's work. This is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
UNI Museum is located on the 1st floor of the Rod Library on the University of Northern Iowa campus.