Local History

Farwell T. Brown Photo Archive

Collegian Theater, Ames, Iowa

 

The images in this unique photo archive are from Farwell T. Brown's lifetime collection of original photographs, postcards, advertisements, and news articles which chronicle the history of Ames, Iowa. 

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The Heritage Room

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.

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Ames Tribune Archive

Ames Daily Tribune, April 18, 1945

 

Search issues of the Ames Tribune and Ames Intelligencer dating back to 1877 online for free! 

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Ames History Lectures

Find out about Ames History Museum's lecture series and see recorded presentations at www.amespubliclibrary.org/HistoryLectures

 

Genealogy Plus Events

Learn about this year's series of Genealogy Plus presentations and workshops at www.amespubliclibrary.org/GenealogyPlus.

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Upcoming History & Genealogy Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Genealogy Plus

10:00am - 12:00pm
Adults
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy, Presentation
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 187
Program Details:
  Topic: University Library Special Collections and University Archives Speakers: Megan Klein-Hewett, Ames Public Library & Lorrie Pellack, Iowa State University Library Each monthly Genealogy PLUS event features an hour-long...


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.

Ames History Museum Lecture Series

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Adults
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy, Presentation
Program Details:
Topic: Secessionitus in West Ames: The 4th Ward 'Independence Movement,' 1914-1920 Presenter: Douglas Biggs, Professor of History, University of Nebraska-Kearney  Join Ames History Museum and Ames Public Library for a series of onli...


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

10:00am - 12:00pm
Adults
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy, Presentation
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 195
Program Details:
  Topic: Adding Stories to Your Genealogy Speaker: Patricia Rose Ballard Coffie Each monthly Genealogy PLUS event features an hour-long presentation by an expert followed by a study session. Genealogists cover the facts—names, 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.