Monday, July 21, 2014

Story City Sheldall Schoolhouse Featured in Des Moines Register

The Sheldall Schoolhouse is featured in the July 20, 2014 Iowa Life section of the Des Moines Register.  The focus of the article was on the State Historical Society's one-room schoolhouse grant, which we received in 2013.  Much of the content focuses on the history and the preservation of the Sheldall Schoolhouse.  Please visit the link below to see the video and read the article. 

There is more information about the Sheldall Schoolhouse on the Story City Historical Society website here and here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ames Sesquicentennial Exhibits Opening August 4th

Opening of our Sesquicentennial Exhibits!
At the Octagon Center for the Arts

Defining Ames: 150 People, Places and Events, 1864-2014
Exhibit will run August 4th-October 25th 
This exhibit will be on display in the Main Gallery at the Octagon Center for the Arts from August 4th to October 25th. This exhibit will highlight 150 people, places and events that influenced Ames throughout its history. The exhibit will consist of a variety of information, historic photographs, and artifacts from our collection that have helped define Ames over the past 150 years. This exhibit will also include an interactive room where exhibit-goers can experience Ames history hands on.

Business Signs From Past Times
Exhibit will run August 4th-September 27th
This exhibit will be on display in the Community Gallery at the Octagon Center for the Arts from August 4th to September 27th and will highlight different Ames businesses of the past. The exhibit includes the business signs of 25 local Ames businesses, along with historic photos and information on the history of the business and how they came to be.

An opening reception for the exhibits will be held on August 22nd from 5:30-7:30pm at the Octagon Center for the Arts.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Story County 4-H Reunion Featuring County Fair Queens - July 20, 2014

Join your Friends at the 2014 4-H Reunion

Plans are shaping up for a great 4-H Reunion on Sunday, July 20, 2-4 Christy 4-H Hall in Nevada. The program at 2:15 will feature former County Fair Queens. The Fair Queen tradition started in 1972 and has continued every year since. We are looking forward to welcoming them back to the Story County Fair. The 2014 Iowa State 4-H Hall of Fame Honoree from Story County and the 4-H Alum of the Year will be presented. Katrina Weich, a Clover Kid and Luke Fevold, a 4-H’er will share what is exciting about 4-H today. Prizes for the 4-H’ers in Action contest will be awarded plus an update from the Story County 4-H Foundation. Bart Clark, 4-H Alum will be the emcee.

Step back in time through the displays of Story County 4-H History books along with a fair queen memory book and photos. Anyone who would enjoy talking about 4-H today and the past will enjoy this afternoon. Refreshments are courtesy of South Story Bank.

County Fair Queens to be Honored

Plans are being made to honor past Story County Fair Queens the 2014 4-H Reunion. Contacts have been made with queens scattered throughout the U.S. and Australia. Sue Uthe (left) was the first queen in 1972. She and Saundra Longhenry (1995 queen) are looking at the pictures and memories that former queens have contributed to the Fair Queen Memory Book. For more information on plans, call Carolyn Manning at 515-382-6616.