Life Before Fairfield
In this first film of the Fairfield History Series, we explore what happened in the area now known as Jefferson County, Iowa before the settlers arrived. Experience the impact of the great glaciers, the movement of prehistoric beasts and the traditions and language of the native peoples of this land.
Soaring aerials of prairie grasses, snippets of interviews with archaeologists as well as Native American tribal historians all help put together the prehistoric beginnings of this one small town in southeast Iowa.
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Behind the Scenes
Take a glimpse behind the scenes of Life Before Fairfield. See some of our favorite moments researching and filming this movie.
Watch State Archaeologist John Doershuk, Ioway tribal historian Lance Foster and film Director Dick DeAngelis discuss some of the in-depth research that was done to prepare to film Life Before Fairfield.
Michael L Scullin
Carnegie Historical Museum
Fairfield Public Library
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Living History Farms
Morrison Natural History Museum in CO
State Historical Society of Iowa
U of I Mobile Museum
U of I Museum of Natural History
U of I Office of the State Archaelogist
U of I Old Captiol Museum
Everybody’s Whole Foods
Fairfield Iowa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Jefferson County Foundation
First National Bank in Fairfield
Libertyville Savings Bank
Pat and Barb McMahon
Belilove Company of Iowa
Eugene L. Copeland
Jefferson County Farm Bureau
Dr. Robert L Tree