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
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Rotary Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 46
Program Details:
  Topic — The Cultural Impact of the COVID Pandemic: Lessons for Genealogists Speaker — Dr. Paul Lasley Family stories are an essential part of genealogy research. Dr. Lasley will describe the impacts of the COVID pande...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome proposals via our website for programs at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal and exhibits at https://www.amespubliclibrary.org/exhibit-proposal.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Genealogy Plus

10:00am - 12:00pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Rotary Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 50
Program Details:
  Topic — Preserving Iowa’s Food Traditions through the Iowa Community Cookbook Collection Speaker — Diana Shonrock The study of families/genealogy crosses a variety of topic areas close to who we are as cultures and fa...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome proposals via our website for programs at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal and exhibits at https://www.amespubliclibrary.org/exhibit-proposal.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Genealogy Plus

10:00am - 12:00pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: History/Genealogy
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 50
Program Details:
  Topic — We Pronounce it ne-VAY-duh: Tales and History of Eastern Story County Speaker — Linda Wright Learn more about the persons, events, and stories that are woven into the history of Nevada, Iowa, the Story County ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome proposals via our website for programs at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal and exhibits at https://www.amespubliclibrary.org/exhibit-proposal.