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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.

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.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Film & Discussion -- One Woman, One Vote

March 9, 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 -- One Woman, One Vote (1995) 2hr This PBS documentary is a sweeping look at the women’s suffrage movement, from Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s famous Seneca Falls call to arms to the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted...


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 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.

Antique Quilts: Film and Presentation

March 16, 2020
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Rotary Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy, Movie, Presentation
Program Details:
A #WomenKnowStuffToo affiliated event Title -- Hearts and Hands (1988) 1h 3m Presenter -- Casie Vance, Ames History Museum Executive Director Join us for a film that chronicles the lives of ordinary women as well as individuals such ...


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

March 18, 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 -- Tools of the Trade: Timelines, Tables, Templates and More! Speaker -- Alice Hoyt Veen, CG Basic computer word processing and pencil-to-paper templates can help you organize, analyze, and understand genealogical research. Th...


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

March 24, 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 -- Imperial Mecca: Ottoman Arabia and the Indian Ocean Hajj Presenter -- Michael Christopher Low Hear free, fascinating lectures by faculty of ISU's Department of History. Provided in partnership with Ames Public Library an...


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

March 25, 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.

Quilting: Then & Now

March 28, 2020
9:00am - 12:00pm
Adults
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy, Presentation, Special Event
Program Details:
A #WomanKnowStuffToo affiliated event Come see beautiful quilts, hear fascinating quilting stories, and learn more about the history and art of quilting. We'll start the morning with a "Bed Turning" featuring quilts created by ...


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.