Also on hand at the Historical Museum will be Congressmen Richie Neal and Joe Crowley to officially launch the campaign where the first votes will be cast in January.
Because Iowa is a caucus state, the numbers who vote are much less. Thus, the gathering in Iowa of Irish supporters for Clinton will be closely watched. Organizers say a large crowd is expected in the Irish heartland of the state.
Starting in 1852, the Irish settled in Madison and Warren counties, close to Des Moines, Iowa. Although most Irish Famine emigrants settled in urban areas, these Irish were farmers.
Iowa was then a new state and the government sold farmland at low prices, encouraging many to leave other states and relocate to Iowa. They settled mostly north of North River and in time they built a log church and named it St. Patrick's.
First they were attended by missionary priests, but in time their sons became priests and served at St. Patrick's Church.
These Irish settlers were described by James Gillespie in an article in the Madison County Historical Journal in 1907 as "industrious and prosperous, and as to honesty, few will say they have been cheated by an Irish man. Cheerful hospitality can be found among the Irish settlers and their descendants and as freely given as on any part of the globe."
In 1979 Pope John Paul II celebrated an outdoor Mass at the site of St. Patrick's Church, Madison County. Many Iowans remember him preaching on a hill in a cow pasture amid a crowd of 250,000 Iowans on a chilly, windy day in October 1979.