Tuesday, June 25, 2019

SCHA Fall Meeting with Supervisors October 15, 2019


The Story County Historical Alliance meets twice a year to discuss what we are doing and learn from other members.  We invite the Story County Supervisors, and all interested members of the public, to attend our meetings.  The Supervisors frequently attend our fall meeting as a group.

This year the Nevada Community Historical Society will be hosting the fall meeting beginning at 2:00 October 15 at the Story County Supervisors office in the Administration Building (old courthouse).  They will give tours of the Dyer Dowell museum home afterwards if anyone wishes.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Roland - Packing Up presentation June 1, 2019

Learn more about the presentation here (PDF).

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Slater Area Historic Association Lasagna Super March 21, 2019


Enjoy the Lasagna Supper Thursday, March 21st from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Heritage Hall Museum in Slater.  Slater Area Historical Association can also be found on Facebook.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Ames Historical Society - 2019 Lecture Series

2019 Lecture Series

All lectures will be at 7pm at the Ames Public Library Auditorium.
Tuesday, March 26
John and Rowena Stevens: Progressives in Early Ames

By Peter Hallock, Society Co-President
John Stevens and Rowena Edson came to Ames as students at the Iowa Agricultural College. He was in the first graduating class (1872), she was in the second. After graduating, both left to start their careers, then came back, married and provided leadership in the community for two decades. He is remembered as an attorney and judge; she is remembered for her work on voting rights for women, but both were more broadly involved and influential. Hallock will explore the larger story of this early Ames “power couple.”


Wednesday, April 24
Cheers to 50 Yeras! Stephens Auditorium Marks a Milestone

By Tammy Koolbeck, Executive Director, Iowa State Center
"It’s a hell of a hall for a cow college," an Iowan commented as he entered the new C.Y. Stephens Auditorium to hear the New York Philharmonic on opening night. Since its debut in 1969 on a former cornfield, the Auditorium has hosted performances as diverse as pop music, classical symphonies, ballet and wrestling meets! Hear known and not-so-well-known behind-the-scenes stories about this remarkable building as it marks its first 50 years.


Wednesday, May 15
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Iowa

By Linda McCann, author and historical researcher
The CCC was a federal program that assisted young men in supporting their families during the Depression years - 1933 to 1942. Most Iowans know about the State Park work done in Iowa, but there was so much more, including projects in Ames. Linda has spoken with 21 men who were in the CCC and shared their experiences and memories.


BONUS LECTURE
Thursday, May 23
History of American Popular Music

By Michael Lasser, lecturer, writer, broadcaster, critic, teacher, and host of the nationally syndicated public radio show, Fascinatin' Rhythm
Lasser will present American popular music as social history and will include the works of such songwriters as the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin between 1920 and 1950 and the role songs about the Midwest played in popular music and social attitudes of the time.


Wednesday, June 26
From Fair View to Parkview: The Battle to Save the Morris Farm from Involuntary Annexation

By Edie Hunter, History graduate student, Iowa State University
As the population of Ames exploded in the post-WWII period, the city struggled to meet the demand for new housing. Capital, supplies, and labor were readily available - all the city needed was land on which to build. But when faced with the threat of involuntary annexation, Edward and Neva Morris resisted and the battle was on to save their beloved farm.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Slater Area Historical Association - Down Memory Lane and Annual Meeting February 14, 2019



The SAHA will have their first Down Memory Lane Program and Series. This series is exhibits and presentations for and about those who remember Slater's history.  Come to hear and remember Mosey's Cafe, a fixture on Main Street for many years.  Thursday, February 14th, 1 p.m. at the Heritage Hall we will have pie and ice cream served at the counter followed by our Annual Meeting.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Story City Historical Society Winter Dinner January 24, 2019

Stop by the Carriage House Museum on Thursday January 24th for the Historical Society's Winter Dinner and Presentation.  A free-will donation soup and chili dinner will be provided, including spicy and mild chili, broccoli & cheese soup, oyster soup, baked potato soup, vegetable beef, Norwegian flat bread, hot cocoa and desserts.

Following the meal will be a presentation on chautauquas in our area by Charles Kniker. Chautauqua was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, featuring entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers, and specialists of the day. Join us for a delicious meal and learn more about Story City’s past!

Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30pm
Welcome and announcements 6:30pm
Presentation 6:40pm

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Story City - Follinglo Podcast - 50th Anniversary of National Guard Jet Crash

Fifty years ago today, Dec, 9, 1968, an Iowa Air National Guard jet crashed into Peter Tjernagel's farm about 2 miles northeast of Story City. Peter's granddaughter, Jenn Hanson-dePaula and her husband, Marcus dePaula, are producing a podcast "to more clearly tell the story of what happened and to share it with a new generation." Jenn is the daughter of Sigrid Tjernagel Hanson, who was 15 at the time of the jet crash. Jenn and Marcus will be joining us for our Spring Dinner in March to talk about producing the podcast. 

Click this link to listen to the first episode: https://www.follinglopodcast.com/
You can also follow the podcast on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/FollingloPodcast/

Jenn's mom, aunt, uncle, and other family members, as well as neighbors who were there, were interviewed for the podcast. They also have written accounts from Jenn's grandmother and Governor Ray that will be read.  New episodes will be released every other week.  

The Museums of Story City Facebook page will have more details on their Spring Dinner later.