Thursday, January 5, 2023

Story City's Winter Soup Supper and Story County Ghost Towns Presentation - January 24th


Join us at Fairview Lodge on Tuesday, January 24th for the Historical Society's Winter Dinner and Presentation. A free-will donation soup and chili dinner will be provided, including spicy chili, broccoli & cheese soup, minestrone, baked potato soup, chicken noodle, ham & veggie soup, Norwegian flat bread, and desserts.

Following the meal will be a presentation by Dave Baker of The 29th State:
Bloomington. Ontario. New Albany. Palestine. They are among the names still somewhat familiar to many residents of Story County, but not everyone necessarily knows their significance. These places were among the more than a dozen communities that were founded, thrived, and ultimately faded into obscurity over the last one hundred and seventy five years. Ghost towns often conjure up images of the old west: abandoned buildings, empty mines, and dirt roads. In Iowa--a land of snow, rain, tornados, and derechos, ghost towns are usually only noted in memory, the physical evidence long eradicated. Dave Baker, essayist and historian for The 29th State has spent more than a decade studying both the extant cities and ghost towns of Iowa and seeking to find why some towns disappeared while others did not. With humor, historical insight, and a variety of interesting sources Dave will bring Story City a presentation of Story County ghost towns along with the tales that bring these former villages to life. Additionally Dave seeks to define what a community is, how we can build community in the 21st century, and how we might use our local history to build a better future.

Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30pm
Welcome and announcements 6:30pm
Presentation 6:35pm

Kate Feil
Story City Historical Society
619 Grand Ave, P.O. Box 104
Story City, IA 50248

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Story City's Downtown Business District Historical Project

 We have discovered over 900 businesses in the 2 blocks of downtown Story City from the late 1800s to current! The first address that will be made live on our website is 602 Broad St. Which housed the Pioneer Store for many years and most recently Norsemen Realty and Reliance State Bank. We will be posting new addresses at least once a week. Click the link to learn more about all of the businesses at 602 Broad:

See all the locations as they are added starting here: 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Ames History Museum Presentation June 8th 2021


A Passion for Prairies - The Life and Legacy of Ada Hayden
Tuesday, June 8 at 7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom - register here
Free & open to the public

Presented by Deb Lewis, Curator of the Ada Hayden Herbarium at Iowa State University

In 1934, Dr. Ada Hayden was appointed curator of the Herbarium at Iowa State, a position she held until her death in 1950. She collected more than 40,000 specimens for the collection. In 1987, the ISU Herbarium was officially named in Hayden's honor. Lewis, who has been curator of the Herbarium for more than 35 years, will share about Hayden's life, conservation work, and work with the Herbarium, which now contains more than 660,000 specimens.

This history talk is presented in conjunction with Ames History Museum's exhibit, "A Woman's Place is Everywhere: Groundbreaking Women in Ames History," which tells the story of local women who stepped out of their expected roles and made an impact in the community. Supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Slater Historical Museum Open Memorial Day


The Slater Historical Museum is open Monday, May 31, 2021 from 10 to 4.  Two World War II exhibits are now available:  Life On a World War II Submarine and Unsung Heroes of WWII.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Slater Exhibit Video now on WHO-TV



The Slater Area Historical Association exhibition Life on a World War Two shown on WHO-TV is now available online.  You can see it here on the WHO-TV website.  And you can see the exhibit live by calling 515-480-9789 to visit.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Ames History Museum Presentation April 13 2021


Personally Speaking: Some Things You Don't Know About Me
Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom - register here
Free & open to the public

Presented by Wayne Clinton, AHM board member and long-time Ames resident

Wayne will talk about his experiences navigating the waters as a Black individual in the Midwest.

This program is free and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance to receive the Zoom link.