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.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Story City - Celebrate Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne's 100th Birthday July 11th

Come celebrate Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne's 100th birthday! A reception will be held on Tuesday, July 11th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Comfort Inn in Story City, hosted by the Bertha Bartlett Public Library and the Story City Historical Society. Birthday cake and beverages will be provided. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate with Fran!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Story City - Scandinavian Days June 2-4, 2017

The museums will be open extended hours during Scandinavian Days this weekend. Stop by and visit us on Saturday between 1-4 pm or Sunday from 1-2:30 pm. On Sunday at 2:30 we will have a special presentation of “Celebrating the Songs of WWI” with Sylvia Munsen in the Carriage House Museum (619 Grand Avenue). Follow the history of the war through viewing sheet music covers and join in singing some of the tunes such as “Smiles,” “Over There,” Ja-Da,” It’s Long, Long Way to Tipperary” and “For Me and My Gal.” This presentation is in conjunction with a special exhibit on WWI at the Carriage House Museum which opened in April for the centennial of the war. The event is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you this weekend!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Slater New Wing and World War One Exhibit June 30, 2017

The Slater Area Historical Association will be having a opening reception for the new wing of Heritage Hall on Friday, June 30.  This will also feature the unveiling of their new exhibit Slater and Story County in the Great War

And right now we need your help!  Stop  by now and see the new wing and add to the exhibit with your relative's records, memorabilia, and stories about World War One.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Huxley Historical Society Hamball Meal Fundraiser - April 22, 2017

Just one week until the smell of delicious hamballs and cheesey potatoes is wafting in the air in and around the Nord-Kalsem Shelter 4-7 p.m. April 22nd.  We hope you have the date and event marked on your calendars!  We also ask that you share this event with your friends, family, and neighbors.  Please forward this email and print off a couple fliers to share too!

Also, our annual meeting is on Monday April 24th at 6pm.  Gerald Klonglan is looking forward to guiding you through Norway and the Maland Family!

Happy Friday to all of you and Happy Easter!

Historically yours,
Janet Stoll, HHS Secretary

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Story City - Historical Society Spring Dinner April 27, 2017

Stop by the Carriage House Museum on Thursday April 27th for the Historical Society's Spring Dinner and Presentation. A free-will donation WWI themed dinner will be provided, including Army Goulash, Corn Willy Hash, Hoover Bread, Salvation Army Donuts and a variety of other wartime desserts.  

Following the meal will be a presentation by museum director Kate Feil on Story City’s involvement in World War One. The Historical Society’s WWI exhibit will also be unveiled on the 27th. Stop by to learn more about Story City’s contribution to WWI!

Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30pm
Welcome and announcements 6:20pm
Presentation by Kate Feil 6:30pm

We look forward to seeing you on the 27th!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Story City - Coffee Tasting Event February 12, 2017

Join us for a sampling of coffees and desserts on Sunday February 12th from 1-3 pm. You will have the chance to sample 5 flavors of coffee from KaffeGeita. A variety of mini desserts will be served, all made by local bakers.

Along with the great coffee and desserts, Nadine Dobbe from NKDesigns will be demonstrating some of her Scandinavian paper crafts. Nadine will have a variety of items for sale including woven paper heart baskets, woven star ornaments, and papirklip. As well as greeting cards that feature her son Brian's photography. You'll be able to try your hand at a woven paper heart or a Nordic star.

Plus, live music from local musician Pat Hashman!

Tickets are $12.00 per person or $20.00 for a pair. Tickets are available online at or at the Carriage House Museum, GCC Office (524 Broad St), or at KaffeGeita. 

Proceeds benefit the Story City Historical Society.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Slater - Annual Meeting February 8, 2017

The Slater Area Historical Association will have its Annual Members Meeting followed by a tour of their new building. The meeting begins at 1:00 p.m. on February 8th, 2017 followed by the tour at 1:45.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Story City Historical Society Winter Dinner - January 19, 2017

Stop by the Carriage House Museum for a free-will donation soup & chili supper.  Including spicy and mild chili, broccoli & cheese soup, oyster soup, cheeseburger soup, Norwegian flat bread, hot cocoa and desserts. Following the meal will be a presentation by Carson & Connie Ode on their recently published book Iowa Culture—Past and Present. The book details the Ode’s visits to nearly 500 of Iowa’s museums, cultural centers, and historic sites. Come warm up with a bowl of soup and hear about the Odes travels across our great state!

Date: January 19th
Time: Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30pm
Welcome and announcements 6:30pm
Presentation 6:40pm