Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Help Us Dig Into Story County 4-H History

Thank you to Carolyn Manning for sharing this with us.  You can learn more about the history of 4-H in Story County, Iowa here.

Help us Dig into 4-H History
Shared with Story County Historical Alliance, 4/11/15

In 1940, the present fair grounds became the home for the Story County 4-H Fair.  That has been 75 years of outstanding youth and excellent projects.  We have much to celebrate at this year’s youth fair.

Story County families have lots of 4-H history in their families.  Who do you know that have several generations of 4-H’ers in their family?  Please let them know that the 4-H History Committee would love to hear their story.  

When you are exploring your family history, keep the “4-H’ers in Action” photo classes in mind.  There are 4-H classes plus open classes for any adult or youth to enter.  You can enter a photo of any 4-H’er in action, past or present.  You can enter a photo of a grandparent when they were an active 4-Her.  There is a special class for any 4-H photos taken at the 1940 Fair.  There will be cash prizes.  Questions?  Ask JoAnn Blanchard (515-290-1294).

We will honor individuals who have shown the Grand Champion Market Steers since 1940.  This will be part of the 4-H Reunion on July 26.  While our list has been growing, we still need names and addresses of those in1988, 1996 - 1999 and 2005.  If you know anyone of these, please share name and address with Michelle Gibson (Phone: 515-450-4329).

The collection of county fair books from the 1940s to today is nearly complete.  Missing books range from 1941 – 1945 plus 1947 and 1958.  Record books and historian books are good places to look.  Fair books may be left at the Extension Office for the 4-H History Committee.

We are also searching for more photos taken at the 1940 county Fair.  These would be put in a Fair History notebook.  Any help you can give us will be greatly appreciated.  See you at the 75-Year Celebration at the 2015 Story County Youth Fair.

Mark your Calendar………
Story County Youth Fair - July 25 – 29, Fairgrounds, Nevada
4-H Reunion – Sunday, July 26, 2-4 PM, Christy 4-H Hall, Nevada

The Story County 4-H History Committee is a group of volunteers who have supported the preservation of the Story County 4-H History.  4-H is part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Story County, which is located at 220 H Avenue Box 118, Nevada, Iowa 50201.

Contact:  Carolyn Manning, 211 Valley View Circle, Nevada, Iowa 50201 (515-382-6616)

Other Committee Members:
Evelyn Beavers, Ames   515-292-7025
JoAnn Blanchard, Nevada   515-290-1294
Marlys Cooper, Ames     515-450-4676
Mary deBaca, Huxley    515-597-2727
Ralph Manning, Nevada    515-382-6616
Linda Meyers, Story City    515-733-4577
Bob Nervig, Ankeny    515-257-4850
Shirley Pilgrim   515-382-2740

Monday, May 4, 2015

Nevada Victory Tea - May 16, 2015

The NevadaHistorical Society is hosting a “Victory Tea”- 40’s style, May 16th at the Dyer Dowell Victorian Home, 2PM – 4 PM, located at 927 5th Street. 
If you enjoyed big bands, hats, sandwiches, cakes, and memories of yesteryear, this is the tea for you. Relax and go back in time. There will be a short program during the tea.

Prepaid reservations are required. Space is limited and the deadline for reservations is May 9th. Cost is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for school age children. Contact is Jane Nading 290-4217

If you have not toured this Victorian home, tours will be available after the tea for any interested parties.

Also, after the tea, the Nevada Historical Museum will be open for tours to view the display of military uniforms and equipment, and historical items.