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Heritage Room filled with books, two desks, and historical artwork


Ames Public Library has more local history resources — including yearbooks — in the Heritage Room on the second floor.
 

 

Upcoming History & Genealogy Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Your Historians

January 21, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy, Presentation
Program Details:
Topic -- Technological Innovation During the Civil War: The Case of the Submarine Presenter -- Tim Wolters Hear free, fascinating lectures by faculty of ISU's Department of History. Provided in partnership with Ames Public L...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Genealogy Help Session

January 22, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Danfoss Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy, Meetup, Technology
Program Details:
Stop into a monthly meetup to get help with your genealogy research, genealogy software and writing your family story. Provided in partnership with Ames Public Library and the Story County Genealogical Society. ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Film & Discussion -- Suffragette

January 29, 2020
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Hard Won. Not Done., History/Genealogy, Movie
Program Details:
Title -- Suffragette (2015) 1hr 40m An intense drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement in Britain, women from all classes who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an inc...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Common Ground Recording Sessions

February 12, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Rotary Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Earth Day 2020, History/Genealogy
Program Details:
Story County Conservation is joining in a project of the Iowa Association of Naturalists inspired by the Storycorps project on National Public Radio.  Naturalists and volunteers will record participants’ experiences, memories and stori...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Common Ground Recording Sessions

February 13, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Rotary Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Earth Day 2020, History/Genealogy
Program Details:
Story County Conservation is joining in a project of the Iowa Association of Naturalists inspired by the Storycorps project on National Public Radio.  Naturalists and volunteers will record participants’ experiences, memories and stori...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Your Historians

February 18, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Hard Won. Not Done., History/Genealogy, Presentation
Program Details:
Topic -- Carrie Chapman Catt and the Nineteenth Amendment Presenter -- Crystal Brandenburgh Hear free, fascinating lectures by faculty of ISU's Department of History. Provided in partnership with Ames Public Library and Iowa Stat...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Genealogy Plus

February 19, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy, Meetup, Presentation
Program Details:
Topic -- Newspaper! Find Your Ancestors Speaker -- Linda Greethurst Newspapers! Oh, the gems that can be found in them when working with your genealogy. This session is going to explore many, many WOWS beyond just those vital date...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Genealogy Help Session

February 26, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Danfoss Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy, Meetup, Technology
Program Details:
Stop into a monthly meetup to get help with your genealogy research, genealogy software and writing your family story. Provided in partnership with Ames Public Library and the Story County Genealogical Society. ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Common Ground Recording Sessions

March 9, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Rotary Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Earth Day 2020, History/Genealogy
Program Details:
Story County Conservation is joining in a project of the Iowa Association of Naturalists inspired by the Storycorps project on National Public Radio.  Naturalists and volunteers will record participants’ experiences, memories and stori...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.