History on Tap: “Remembering 6-on-6 Girls’ Basketball in Iowa”
March 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Celebrate Women’s History Month and join us at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery in Swisher, IA, to hear Kären Mason, curator of the Iowa Women’s Archives (at the University of Iowa Libraries) reflect on the significance of 6-on-6, drawing on rich personal narratives from Iowa Women’s Archives collections. For most of the 20th century, the state of Iowa was nationally known for its devotion to a unique form of women’s sport known as 6-on-6 girls’ basketball. As other states abandoned 6-on-6, Iowa remained steadfast in its commitment until the state’s final 6-player championship in 1993, where Hubbard-Radcliffe prevailed over Atlantic, 85-66. The year 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the end of 6-on-6 girls’ basketball in Iowa.
Kären M. Mason is curator of the Iowa Women’s Archives at the University of Iowa Libraries, a position she has held since the Archives was established in 1992. She earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in U.S. women’s history from the University of Michigan. Mason is the co-author of the Women’s History Tour of the Twin Cities (1982) and has published a number of articles on women’s history and women’s archives.