If you're interested in learning more about food and agriculture or if you're just visiting Des Moines on Saturday Dec. 13 and 20 and looking for something worthwhile to do as you take a break from Christmas shopping, you are invited to visit the free Holiday Open House at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. The open house is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days at the World Food Prize headquarters in downtown Des Moines.
Visitors can experience the incredible acoustics of the historic building that is home to the World Food Prize. The Grace Church Ensemble will perform live holiday music, and you can view the beautiful holiday decor, enjoy hot apple cider and cookies, and explore the World Food Prize's collections of artwork and educational exhibits. Students as well as adults are welcome.
Live music, holiday cookies, artwork and educational exhibits
This is one of the largest public events the World Food Prize hosts during the year. Last year, more than 1,000 people visited the Hall of Laureates during the two Holiday Open Houses. This year at the WFP Open House, guests can visit the new National Geographic "Future of Food" exhibit. You can also see the "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World" international photography exhibit by Howard G. Buffett. In addition, visitors of all ages will enjoy the interactive educational exhibits and displays on food and agriculture topics, located on the garden level.
"There is no admission charge and this is a wonderful opportunity to experience this beautiful, historic downtown building during this special time of year," says Megan Forgrave, communications director for the World Food Prize Foundation. The Hall of Laureates is located at 100 Locust Street in downtown Des Moines. Visit www.worldfoodprize.org/hall for directions and details. Photos can be found here.
ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE HALL OF LAUREATES: The Hall of Laureates, formerly the historic Des Moines Public Library, reopened in 2011 as the World Food Prize's global headquarters. As a special tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner and World Food Prize founder Dr. Norman Borlaug, and to provide an enduring foundation for all of the programs he created, the World Food Prize Foundation took on a $29.8 million capital project to restore the century-old Des Moines Public Library Building as the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.
The building's cornerstone was laid in 1900 and it is on the National Register of Historic Places; it has also achieved LEED Platinum certification for its energy efficiency features that were created when the building was remodeled and updated. LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Department of Energy is a rare designation for a building that was originally designed in the 1800s.
The World Food Prize was conceived by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1986, The World Food Prize has each year honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. The World Food Prize also annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium in Des Moines in October. The event brings the world's foremost experts together to discuss cutting-edge issues in food security, and multiple youth education programs to inspire the next generation to study and work in fields related to global agriculture.