Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ames Historical Society 2018 Lecture Series

The Ames Historical Society begins its annual lecture series Tuesday, February 20, 2018 and continues through June.  See all the topics below.

The Long Years: Iowa Agricultural College, Faculty Unrest, and Student Rebellion, 1883-1890

Ames Public Library Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Presented by Douglas Biggs, Professor of History, University of Nebraska-Kearney
The 1880s were long years at Iowa Agricultural College.  The small school of barely 300 students, isolated on the prairie two miles west of Ames, saw four presidents in the seven years from 1883-1890.  The turnover was a sign of deep divisions over curriculum and the perception that the college was straying from its intended purpose of agricultural education. The students were divided and openly rebellious over issues of student conduct, required chapel attendance and the introduction of the Greek system.  By 1890, some important agricultural interests in the state wondered if the idea of an agricultural college was even worth continuing.  Biggs will discuss the controversies during these unquiet times.
The 2018 Lecture Series is presented in partnership with Ames Public Library.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

History, It's About the People: The Women of Cranford

Ames Public Library Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Presented by Marilyn Gibbs Alger, current co-owner with her brother, Monte Gibbs
Cranford Apartments in Campustown were founded by a small group of Iowa State faculty women just two years after women won the right to vote. Seeing the need for housing for single faculty women, they pooled their resources and hired a female architect. In the fall of 1922, the Faculty Women’s Housing Company - Cranford Apartments - was open for business and occupancy at 103 Stanton. The building still houses thirty apartments and two business establishments. Our speaker has been researching Cranford for three years and will share some of its history and stories of the remarkable Women of Cranford.
The 2018 Lecture Series is presented in partnership with Ames Public Library.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

Iowa in the 1980s: Teen Edition

Ames Public Library Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Presented by Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, professor of history, Iowa State University
When seeking information about the past, some researchers have learned that school yearbooks can provide invaluable information. Prof. Riney-Kehrberg was interested in the effect in Iowa of the 1980s Farm Crisis and the decade of economic downturn – specifically – how did Iowa’s teens see it?  In this talk, she will explore the teen experience of the 1980s and the way in which high school yearbooks can be used to research the history of Iowa’s young people. Examples from the Ames High Spirit will be presented.
The 2018 Lecture Series is presented in partnership with Ames Public Library.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Peopling Iowa: First Generation Immigrants in Story County

Ames Public Library Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Presented by Mark Barron, Iowa State University public historian
The story of immigration is an integral part of Iowa's history.  Based on the work of Iowa State University history students, Public Historian Mark Barron will discuss how first generation immigrant groups arrived into Story County, where they settled, and how they helped transform the landscape of Central Iowa. Please join us as we explore the history of Story County's first European settlers.
The 2018 Lecture Series is presented in partnership with Ames Public Library.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Manhattan Project's Secret Weapon: Dr. Wilhelm

Ames Public Library Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Presented by Teresa Wilhelm Waldof, author of The Boy from Pumptown: The Story of the Scientist Who Solved the Manhattan Project's Uranium Problem
Once the United States declared war against Japan and Germany after the December 1941 Pearl Harbor attacks, one thing became abundantly clear: the atomic bomb project would need to move forward at a breakneck pace. For the project to succeed, millions of pounds of purified uranium were needed, but the metal did not exist in those quantities. Since uranium’s discovery more than 150 years earlier, no one had successfully purified it. Dr. Harley Wilhelm, a chemist at Iowa State, was recruited to work on this problem. In September 1942, Wilhelm went to Chicago carrying a secret cargo: the world’s first ingot of purified uranium. The man who grew up as a southern Iowa sharecropper’s son was an unlikely character to change world history. His life, from country “bumpkin” to prolific inventor and Manhattan Project scientist, is an untold story, one which enabled the United States to win the war.
The 2018 Lecture Series is presented in partnership with Ames Public Library.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Story City Historical Society‎ Winter Soup & Chili Supper and Presentation

Stop by the Carriage House Museum on Thursday January 25th 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, chicken noodle, vegetable beef, Norwegian flat bread, hot cocoa and desserts.

Following the meal will be a presentation of 8mm films from 1949 showing views of Story City, including a 4th of July celebration, views of downtown, and a high school football game
Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30pm
Welcome and announcements 6:30pm
Presentation 6:40pm

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Slater Christmas Exhibit Through January 15th

The Slater Area Historical Association has Dear Santa! as its most recent exhibit.  You can see it through January 15th, 2018.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Arlen Twedt "The Central Iowa Norwegians" - September 28

Arlen Twedt will be making a 45-minute presentation based on the research from his 2017 book entitled "The Central Iowa Norwegians." The program is on Thursday, September 28th at 7 pm at the Roland Community Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Learn more about the book here.   See and order it on Amazon here.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Upright Piano for Other Historical Groups

The Slater Area Historical Association has an upright piano offered for free. Possibility of moving it for you to your location. Bench included. Call 515-480-9789.

Slater and Story County in the Great War

The Slater Area Historical Association has a new exhibit "Slater and Story County in the Great War" marking the 100th anniversary of America;s entry into World War One.  Come to see it during their regular open hours of 10-2 on Thursdays or the added hours of 6-8 every Wednesday.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Story County 4-H History Display

Story County Girls and Boys 4-H Officers 1967-68
Front row, left to right:  Kathy Hunt, Collins, president; Mary Burg, Colo, vice president; Rae Snider, Huxley, secretary-treasurer; Debra Owen, Maxwell, historian; and Bev Upchurch, Zearing, reporter.
Back row, left to right:  Leonard Larson, Cambridge, president; Steve Toot, Nevada, vice president; Kent Britten, Zearing, secretary; Steve Holland, Collins, historian and Bob Robinson, Colo, reporter.

Story County Girls and Boys 4-H Officers 1968-69
Front row, left to right: Carol Rasmusson, McCallsburg; reporter; Rhonda Anderson, Nevada, historian; Virginia Bullard, Maxwell, secretary-treasurer; Virginia Varnum, Colo, vice president, and Barb McKinney, Colo, President.
Back row, left to right: John Griffith, Maxwell, reporter; Joe Sandve, Collins, historian; Greg Steensland, Huxley, secretary-treasurer; John Carlson, Colo, vice president, and Neal Praty, Nevada, president.

For several years, the 4-H History Committee has spent time organizing pictures, clippings and other 4-H materials from the past.  The story of 4-H in Story County is told by these records.  Some of the materials will be on display at the 2017 County Fair on Sunday afternoon, July 23 from 1 to 5 pm in the Extension meeting room.

There is a variety in the collection.  It includes notebooks by the decade (starting in the 1920s); Celebrating 75 years of the County Fair (4 notebooks); a 4-H leaders notebook starting in the 1920s; County Historian book (1954-60); 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus; Story County Fair Queens; 4-H Alum of the Year; and Story County 4-H History 1917-2012 (Google “Iowa 4H History by County”.

This year there is a focus on the 50s, 60s, and early 70’s.  4-H officers of those years will be honored at the 4-H Reunion that afternoon at 2:15 pm in Christy 4-H Hall.

The 4-H History Committee includes Evelyn Beavers, JoAnn Blanchard, Marlys Cooper, Mary deBaca, MaryAnn Gardner, Linda Meyers, Carolyn Manning, Ralph Manning, Bob Nervig, and Shirley Pilgrim.