Monday, January 26, 2015

Slater Area Historical Association Lunch and Annual Meeting - February 11, 2015

SAHA Annual Meeting February 11

The Slater Area Historical Association will hold its Annual Members Meeting at noon on Wednesday, February 11.  A free lunch will be served with the meeting to follow.  A review of 2014 and a preview of 2015 activities will be presented. Everyone is welcome.

Heritage Hall, 318 First Avenue, Slater. Call 515-480-9789 for more information.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Ames Historical Society 2015 Lecture Series

George Judisch: Pharmacist and Philanthropist
Thursday, March 26th, 7pm     $3 Freewill donation
Presented by Shannon Bardole, Society researcher 

George Judisch was a prominent businessman in Ames beginning in the 1890s, owning a pharmacy on Main Street for more than 50 years.  In addition to serving the community through his business, he had an impact on Ames as a faculty member at Iowa State and as an early board member of civic institutions such as the hospital and library.  George's legacy also includes the positive publicity he brought to Ames through his involvement in state and national organizations.  

The Depression Dilemmas of Rural Iowa, 1929-1933 Tuesday, April 28th, 7pm     Free
Presented by Lissa Ossian, Des Moines Area Community College 
The October 1929 stock market crash on New York's Wall Street seemed far removed from many rural Iowan's lives, even though the effects of the crash soon became all too real. An overview of 1929 will be provided, describing rural Iowa's particular dilemmas: economic, familial, cultural, industrial and more. Those challenges encouraged resourcefulness rather than passivity, creativity rather than resignation and community rather than hopelessness and those traits have continued in various forms in Iowa for almost eighty years into this century.
Program funded by Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in part by a grant from the Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs' Community Cultural Grant program.

The 1940s: Iowa State and a World at War 
Thursday, May 28th, 7pm     $3 Freewill donation
Presented by Douglas Biggs, Associate Professor of History, University of Nebraska-Kearney
The decade of the 1940s changed the United States and transformed the world. Not surprisingly, these years also saw Iowa State College undergo a metamorphosis. Since the 1890s, ISC had been nationally known for agriculture and veterinary science, but the crisis of war accentuated Iowa State's transition to a nationally known college of science, engineering and technology that joined agriculture as the flagship programs of the institution. Biggs will talk about the war years and their long-term effects on Ames, both on and off campus 
Just Passing Through: Noteworthy Iowa State Graduates 
Tuesday, June 30th, 7pm     $3 Freewill donation
Presented by Carole Gieseke and Jim Heemstra, ISU Alumni Association  

By Carole Gieseke and Jim Heemstra, ISU Alumni AssociationAs a college town, Ames has been a short-term home to many thousands of students who came here to live while earning a degree. Hear remarkable stories of some of our more recent temporary residents from the ISU Alumni Association's Carole Gieseke and Jim Heemstra. They traveled to all 50 states to interview and photograph Iowa State graduates for a special publication and exhibit called "Visions Across America." A display of 20 of Jim's extraordinary photographs will accompany the presentation.
All lectures are held at the City Auditorium at 520 6th St.

Please note the day changes in this year's series. They rotate between Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Our full calendar of events can be found on our webpage Ames Historical Society.